Out with Naim in with Devialet plus LP12 serviced

Out with Naim in with Devialet plus LP12 serviced

A local Windsor customer (who I tried to sell LINN to years ago when working in Eton) made a recent guest appearance recently.

“Hello, don’t I know you?” “

Yes” he replied. “We met in Eton when you were selling Linn and I preferred Naim. I’ve been listening to Naim ever since, however I’m interested in two things: I’ve inherited my father’s old LP12 and I’m thinking of getting a streamer for my Naim setup.”

We were more than happy to service his LP12 which was in desperate need of a new tonearm and happened to have a used Ittok in stock. With the deck serviced and a Lingo 1 added we showed the couple into the basement where we were unboxing a Devialet Expert Pro Integrated amplifier /streamer DAC with phonostage. Sometimes there are things like a LINN Selekt that catch your eyes. The Linn Selekt is brilliant in so many ways. On this occasion the Devialet won over the client with a comment of this is so much better than the Naim and to have it in a one box elegant chrome case has certainly impressed the wife. Never assume clients stay with one brand for ever.

Devialet Expert 140 with LINN LP12

LINN Majik DSM

LINN Majik DSM

The Linn Majik DSM and why it is brilliant.

In the recently published Linn Price List, it was a surprise to see that the Majik DSM has been reduced. It was already very reasonably priced when you consider what you get:

·      Linn Digital Streamer

·      Pre-amplifier with 15 inputs (4x RCA, 1x 3.5mm, 4x HDMI 2.0m, 3x SPDIF, 3x Toslink) 

·      2x90 watt Chakra power amplifiers

·      Moving Magnet Phono Stage (upgradable to Moving Coil)

·      Onboard DAC

·      HDMI switching to simplify wiring and operation

Being a Linn, you can take for granted that it is beautifully built and has excellent sound quality.

It neatly slots in with the equipment you already own and makes it sound amazing.  As well as working with traditional hi-fi sources such as your old turntable and CD player, we also have customers using the DSM with televisions, DVD players and even games consoles.  Because the Majik DSM has digital inputs, it means that the digital to analogue conversion can take place within the Linn unit, meaning that the £30 DVD players that supermarkets sell can actually sound OK.  

We have customers who have used the Majik DSM with a variety of speakers, old and new, and it always gives excellent results.  We’ve heard the DSM get the best out of £99 Wharfedale Diamond bookshelf speakers, vintage BBC LS3/5A monitor speakers and beautiful Sonus Faber floor standing speakers.

The Space Optimisation feature built in to the DSM allows us to tailor the sound to compensate for any acoustic quirks in your room and allows the speakers to be placed (within reason) where you want whilst still giving their optimum sound quality.

The DSM works with Apple Airplay as standard and integrates with music streaming services such as Spotify and Tidal.

Over the years, Linn has released firmware updates for the DSM which are downloaded via the internet free of charge to bring older machines up to date with the latest functionality as it becomes available.  This means that, like those who invested in a Linn turntable back in 1973, you will have invested in a product that can be kept up-to-date.

If you decide to upgrade in the future, each section of the DSM can be used independently.  For example, you could add external power amps and still use the DSM preamp and DAC.  Or you could get an Akurate DSM and still use the Majik power amp section.

Of course the only way to truly learn about the benefits of the Majik DSM is to try it in your own system, with no pressure to buy – get in touch and we’ll be happy to arrange this for you.