Linn Exakt and Katalyst Upgrade Offer Summer 2019

Linn Exakt and Katalyst Upgrade Offer Summer 2019

If you own a pair of Linn’s amazing Akubarik or Klimax 350A loudspeakers, you now have the opportunity to upgrade to Exakt and Katalyst for a reduced cost.

By the environmentally friendly reuse of your existing amplifier modules, you can benefit from Linn’s Exakt technology. This improves the sound quality by keeping the music as a lossless digital signal all the way into the speaker. It also allows for time alignment and compensation for manufacturing variations in your loudspeaker drive units and permits the use of Space Optimisation+ to tailor the sound to suit your room, no matter where you put the speakers.

At the same time your system will be upgraded to utilise Linn’s fourth generation digital to analogue conversion technology, called Katalyst. This gives the most accurate reproduction of a digital music signal that is currently available.

As a further bonus, you will get a new five year warranty on your loudspeaker electronics.

Offer is available from 1st July until 26th August 2019

To find out more, get in touch with us today.

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Kudos Audio Titan 505 wins HiFi Choice 5 star award

Hidden Systems Kudos Reference dealer are delighted to share with you Kudos outstanding first Titan 505 review by Hi-Fi Choice. Awarded Editors Choice, the five-star review concludes: "The 505 more than earns the right to bear the Titan moniker, Kudos has extracted a truly room-filling sound from a relatively small cabinet and this standmount is an absolute delight with whatever material you care to feed it."

Review of Kudos Titan 505 here

Why not book a demo and hear with your current system, Naim?

Maybe consider downsizing to a one box Devialet Expert Pro complete with their SAM profile or Linn Selekt DSM.

If you have always wondered what is a active speaker system then try Linn an Akurate or Klimax DSM streamer/preamp with a Klimax Twin Power. Kudos can easily be converted to run active by removing rear jumper links, add a Linn Exaktbox 6 and four amp channels and you have it - passive vs. active.

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Summer trade in offer until the end of June 2019

Before you head to the beach this summer

Trade in any used, broken or working HiFi, amp, speaker, cassette deck or turntable and get 10% off any Linn, Devialet or Lejonklou product.

Examples

  • Selekt DSM streamer only £4000 down to £3600

  • Selekt DSM with Katalsyt and stereo amp £6750 down to £6075

  • K200 speaker cable £25 per metre to £22.50 per metre

  • Devialet Expert Pro 210 £4490 down to £4041

  • Devialet Expert Pro 1000 £24900 down to £22410

  • Lejonklou Boazu Integrated Amp £2400 down to £2160

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Upgrade your LP12 with Linn's flexible promotion

LP12 Spring Promotion of 15% on the second upgrade

LP12 Spring Promotion of 15% on the second upgrade

Over the past 46 years, the LP12 has been the turntable against which all others are judged. One of its best features is the ability to upgrade any LP12, no matter how old, to the latest specification.

As an incentive to dust off your record collection, Linn is giving you the opportunity to buy any LP12 upgrade and receive 15% off an additional upgrade up to 30th April 2019.

Whether you want to replace your ageing Valhalla power supply or take your deck to peak of vinyl replay, this promotion is for you.

We are happy to advise on upgrades and demonstrate what is possible, regardless of how long you have had your LP12, and regardless of where you bought it.

Only one order per customer with up to a maximum of four upgrades (two at full price, two at discounted price).

  1. The promotion only applies to the following LP12 upgrades:

    • Sondek LP12 (deck only)

    • LP12 Plinth

    • Cirkus Kit

    • Trampolin

    • Keel

    • Kore

    • Standard sub-chassis

    • Radikal (Standard)

    • Radikal (Machined)

    • Lingo

    • Majik PSU (internal power supply)

    • T-Kable

    • Ekos SE

    • Akito

    • Majik tonearm

    • Urika

    • Urika II

    • Uphorik

    • Internal MM/MC phono stage module

  2. This offer excludes the following products/packages:

    • Klimax LP12

    • Akurate LP12

    • Majik LP12

    • Radikal (Standard) & Urika package

    • Radikal (Machined) & Urika package

    • Kandid

    • Krystal

    • Adikt

    • Adikt Stylus

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New Linn DSM upgrade gives surround sound solution for your existing speakers

A Surround Processing upgrade is now available for Klimax DSM and Akurate DSM, offering a high performance solution with any speakers giving you the opportunity to update your existing Linn Surround Sound system to the highest possible performance.

Providing your existing DSM has Exakt Links and an HDMI 2.0 board we can install the upgrade in your home, which will provide on-board processing for Dolby and DTS audio up to 7.1.

Your existing passive speakers can now be used in a Linn Surround set-up with the addition of an Exaktbox.

It is also possible to use a combination of passive and Exakt speakers, or full Exakt Surround if desired.

As an added incentive, if you have a Kisto, Kinos or Exotik+DA, if you can trade it in before the end of March 2019 and receive a 10% discount on a new Klimax or Akurate DSM.

The Linn DSM Surround Upgrade works with the following formats:

DTS-HD Master Audio
DTS-HD High Resolution Audio
DTS 96/24
DTS
Dolby TrueHD
Dolby Digital Plus
Dolby Digital
PCM


 

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Review of Devialet Expert 220 Pro - has the amplifier secretly moved on over the years?

Review of Devialet Expert 220 Pro - has the amplifier secretly moved on over the years?

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Enjoy this great review here of an all in one amplifier that allows for connection to vinyl with its onboard excellent MM (Moving Magnet) and MC (Moving Coil) inputs. The 220 has two that can be enabled for 2 x MM or 2 x MC.

We have all models on demonstration from the entry level 140 to 1000.

Make sure when you listen to have the Dynamic Power Management (DPM) switched to off, not all demo’s are the same.

95% excellent !!!

95% excellent !!!

Devialet New Year Limits

The offer:

> IN-STORE DISCOUNT ON ANY ACCESSORY WHEN PURCHASING A PHANTOM PREMIER

Discounts (incl. VAT):

Gold Phantom = £220

Silver Phantom = £150

Classic Phantom = £100

Launch date : Tuesday, January 15th 2019

End date : Tuesday, February 26th 2019

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      How good IS a Linn LP12 and Majik DSM?  By combining the Majik LP12 with the Majik DSM you get a legendary LP12 turntable and Linn’s equally legendary network music player that gives you the best of both worlds: the warmth and tactility of vinyl and the clarity, detail and choice of digital music. Just add speakers for a truly extraordinary musical experience. Together they’ll transform any system.  If you are a Naim user, you may wish to seek comments on their forum, “Get an LP12. Anything else, and you'll always wonder if it was the right choice”.     


  

  


 
   
    
      

        
          
             
              
                    
              

              
                
              
                
             
          
          
        

        

        

      

        
          
             
              
                    
              

              
                
              
                
             
          
          
        

        

        

      

        
          
             
              
                    
              

              
                
              
                
             
          
          
        

        

        

      

        
          
             
              
                    
              

              
                
              
                
             
          
          
        

        

        

      

        
          
             
              
                    
              

              
                
              
                
             
          
          
        

        

        

      
    
   

  

 






    

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


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       Terms & Conditions: ‘Do you believe in Majik?’ – Linn Seasonal Promotion 2018    This offer runs from 4th December 2018 to the 29th January 2019 inclusive. Only orders placed during this period, and for delivery by 5th February 2019, will be eligible for the promotion.    Under this offer, customers are entitled to a special package price for a Majik DSM network music player and MAJIK LP12 turntable when purchased together.     The MAJIK DSM and the MAJIK LP12 must be ordered together in one transaction.    Only MAJIK DSM and MAJIK LP12 apply in this promotion, other variants of Linn DSM players or SONDEK LP12 turntables are not included but if you speak to Hidden Systems magic may happen.

How good IS a Linn LP12 and Majik DSM?

By combining the Majik LP12 with the Majik DSM you get a legendary LP12 turntable and Linn’s equally legendary network music player that gives you the best of both worlds: the warmth and tactility of vinyl and the clarity, detail and choice of digital music. Just add speakers for a truly extraordinary musical experience. Together they’ll transform any system.

If you are a Naim user, you may wish to seek comments on their forum, “Get an LP12. Anything else, and you'll always wonder if it was the right choice”.

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Both are available for £5000.

Just add your speakers or Hidden Systems suggest add speakers - either yours or maybe these?

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THE COMPLETE IS with Majik 109 speakers and stands for £6100

OR

THE COMPLETE IS with Majik 140 speakers for £6600

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LINN Majik 140 with Majik DSM Integrated Streamer Amplifier shown to the left

Terms & Conditions: ‘Do you believe in Majik?’ – Linn Seasonal Promotion 2018

  1. This offer runs from 4th December 2018 to the 29th January 2019 inclusive. Only orders placed during this period, and for delivery by 5th February 2019, will be eligible for the promotion.

  2. Under this offer, customers are entitled to a special package price for a Majik DSM network music player and MAJIK LP12 turntable when purchased together.

  3. The MAJIK DSM and the MAJIK LP12 must be ordered together in one transaction.

  4. Only MAJIK DSM and MAJIK LP12 apply in this promotion, other variants of Linn DSM players or SONDEK LP12 turntables are not included but if you speak to Hidden Systems magic may happen.

Devialet Reactor

Devialet Reactor

Meet Phantom Reactor, a new breed of wireless speaker. 

By stretching size and performance beyond reasonable limits, Devialet engineers have brought to life the only ultra-compact home sound system capable of delivering high fidelity and physical impact, whatever volume you listen at.

The most powerful compact speaker in the world

The only connected speaker that delivers high fidelity sound in such a compact design.

2 new models

Phantom REACTOR 600 • 95 dB SPL • 600W at £990.00 UK Pounds

Phantom REACTOR 900 • 98 db SPL • 900W at £1290.00 UK Pounds

• Four times smaller than the iconic Phantom (Classic Phantom, Silver Phantom and Gold

Phantom, now combined into a range called Phantom PREMIER) Phantom REACTOR is 3

litres in volume and weighs 10 pounds.

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The whole Devialet range available at Hidden Systems Windsor Berkshire.

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The only connected speaker that delivers high fidelity sound in such a compact design

Up to 900W from a 3 litre speaker, starting at £990

Devialet today unveils Phantom REACTOR, a new pinnacle in

sound engineering, and the next step in the company’s vision to make the emotional

power of sound accessible to as many people as possible through ground-breaking

technology.

Phantom REACTOR is an ultra-compact speaker that delivers unprecedented power, fidelity

and volume. The result of three years of research and development in acoustic and mechanical

engineering, Devialet is proud to announce Phantom REACTOR 600 and Phantom REACTOR

900, as the latest additions to the Devialet Phantom family.

THE BEST SIZE / POWER / FIDELITY RATIO - WITHOUT COMPROMISE

With Phantom REACTOR, Devialet has once again taken sound to a new level. It is the only

ultra-compact loudspeaker with a maximum volume of 98 dB SPL, enabled by an

unprecedented 900W of peak power. Phantom REACTOR reproduces sound as the artist

intended: all the details with zero distortion, zero saturation or background noise. Just pure

sound reproduction.

Phantom REACTOR is precision-engineered, both technically and physically, for optimal audio

performance. A compact spherical design with perfect acoustic form, two push-push woofers

with extreme cone excursion delivering ultra-deep audio and one full-range speaker combine for

the ultimate sound experience in a smaller package, with zero compromise on sound quality.

• 219mm (Length) x 157 mm (Width) x 168 mm (Height), it is small enough to be held in one

hand, but can play as loudly as a symphony orchestra playing at full force

• Delivering unreasonable sound from infra-bass at 18Hz (like having a subwoofer in the room)

to sharp treble at 21Khz

• Phenomenal sound amplitude without distortion, saturation or background noise through

unique Devialet-created technology

Phantom REACTOR is plug and play. It can be operated wirelessly via Bluetooth, Spotify

Connect, Airplay, UPnP or through an analog or optical jack connection - and can be remotely

controlled through a dedicated app.

4x SMALLER THANKS TO CUTTING-EDGE TECHNICAL INNOVATIONS

Since it was first founded, Devialet has worked continually to miniaturise its inventions and

make them available to new audiences.

The miniaturisation of Phantom REACTOR should be a technical impossibility – but it has been

made possible by the unrelenting passion of 100 Devialet engineers, constantly challenging

audio conventions, one radical invention at a time. 11 additional patents have contributed to

Phantom REACTOR’s amazingly disruptive design, all leading to an ultra-compact form at a

more accessible price.

Breakthrough Devialet innovations, pushed further and embedded in Phantom REACTOR

include:

● Analog Digital Hybrid (ADH.), Devialet's core innovation in sound amplification,

combining the sophistication of Class A analog amplification with the power and

compactness of Class D digital technology;

● Speaker Active Matching (SAM.), the mathematical model that ensures perfect control

of speakers and high acoustic fidelity of Phantom REACTOR;

● Heart Bass Implosion (HBI.), the revolutionary acoustic process that emits bass sounds

with phenomenal depth and physical impact;

● Active Cospherical Engine (ACE™), the spherical design and the perfect acoustic form

to reproduce a sound and diffuse its energy linearly in all directions.

GLOBAL DISTRIBUTION, MADE IN FRANCE

Phantom REACTOR is designed, manufactured and assembled in France, in a new

manufacturing facility opened by Devialet specifically for Phantom REACTOR.

For Phantom REACTOR, Devialet is expanding its distribution network. In the UK, Phantom

REACTOR will be available at Selfridges, Harrods, johnlewis.com, as well as

through Devialet’s own stores and network of high-end audio resellers including Hidden Systems Windsor.

Features

Connectivity AC Wi-Fi  dual-band, Gigabit Ethernet, CPL  Homeplug  AV2, 3.5mm  analogue audio in, mini optical digital  input

Playback options AirPlay, UPnP  Renderer, Bluetooth:  A2DP  and  AVRCP profiles,  AAC,  SBC  audio  codecs, Spotify  Connect

Audio  formats supported HE-AAC  (V1),  AAC  (16  to  320  kbit/s),  WMA  (16  bit),  MP3  (16  to  320  kbit/s),  MP3  VBR,  Apple  Lossless,  AIFF,  WAV,  FLAC,  Vorbis  and  Opus

Changes to LINN Exakt Box Model Range

Changes to LINN Exakt Box Model Range

Changes to Exakt Box Model Range

Exakt is Linn’s proprietary digital active crossover technology that ensures perfect time alignment of every note and every harmonic, making the music sound less like hi-fi and more like real music.

You can either buy a complete Linn Exakt system or by purchasing one or more Exakt boxes you can upgrade your existing system to Exakt technology.

The Majik Exaktbox-I combines an eight channel Exakt crossover with eight 100 watt power amplifiers. This product is being discontinued at the end of this year, so if you would like to upgrade your Majik system using a visually matching Exakt box then you will need to get your order in soon.

The new Akurate Exaktbox-I is now available that also offers eight channels of 100 watt Exakt amplification. Next Spring the Katalyst architecture will be added to the Exaktbox, improving things even further.  This will be retrofittable to existing Akurate Exaktbox-I units at the cost of the difference in retail price between the old and new units.

Majik Exaktbox-I will also be upgradable to Katalyst, but this will be charged at the full upgrade price.

To learn more about Linn’s Exaktbox range, or to hear the difference it makes in your own system, please get in touch.

Please find below their latest price list

New Linn Selekt DSM

New Linn Selekt DSM

New Linn Selekt DSM

The big Linn launch of 2018 has to be the Selekt DSM.  Precision engineered to be a “tactile, interactive” product, Linn claims that the DSM will bring life back into digital music.

Apart from the shape, the most obvious physical difference between this and the other Linn DSM products is the inclusion of a rotary dial on the top of the machine.  This allows adjustment of the volume and enables the user to scroll through and select from playlists.  There are also six silver buttons on the top of the unit that can be configured (or “pinned”) for various functions.

As is usual for Linn, the Selekt is designed for life, and therefore designed to be upgradeable.  Harking back to the days of the original Wakonda and Majik amplifiers, the Selekt can be retro-fitted with “cartridges” to improve performance and functionality as the technology becomes available.  Available upgrades in the new year are rumoured to include 5.1 surround amplification, a headphone amplifier and wireless and Bluetooth capability.

Comparisons are obviously being drawn with the Naim Uniti Nova and our current best seller in this segment, the Devialet Expert Pro 140.  All are great products and your ears will guide you as to which one is the best for you.

Prices for the new Linn Selekt DSM are as follows:

Selekt DSM £4,000
Selekt DSM with integrated power amp £5,250
Selekt DSM with Katalyst £5,500
Selekt DSM with integrated power amp and Katalyst £6,750

Last Orders for Standalone Linn DS Players

Last Orders for Standalone Linn DS Players

Linn has announced that they are ceasing production of standalone Digitial Streamers to focus on their DSM Network Music Players. 

DSM Players include a pre-amplifier with digital and analogue inputs and HDMI switching, making it easy to integrate with your existing hi-fi and video components and make them sound better.

Owners of standalone DS Players can be reassured that Linn will continue to offer service and upgrades for these products.

If you would like one of the last DS models, the cut-off date for orders is 30 September 2018, with delivery early October.

LINN System Summary Price List here

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Devialet 140 What HiFi review - lower price

Devialet 140 What HiFi review - lower price

Devialet Expert 140 Pro review

We have just noticed that What HiFi?’s glowing review of the Expert 140 Pro contains a couple of errors.

The review states that it is £4990, whereas we have it for £4490.

For an additional £350 you can have a preamp output module fitted at the factory when purchased allowing you to connect a subwoofer or headphones.

Come to Hidden Systems and we will make it sound like the 5 star product that it is.

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Devialet Expert Pro Upgrades 2018 plus Roon free for 12 months

Devialet Expert Pro Upgrades 2018 plus Roon free for 12 months

Hidden Systems offer existing users of Devialet Expert Pro a chance to upgrade to the latest specification with a new 5 year warranty. Devialet also offer the chance to replace the casing too.

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The Upgrade Program 3.0 allows any end-customer to upgrade easily from an Expert system (V4/V5) to the new Expert Pro system with Core Infinity (V6+CI)


The benefits are multiple:
- Full replacement of the hardware platform from V4/V5 to V6+CI (all the electronics boards are replaced, apart from the advanced phono stage)


- Increased power and a new record in measured audio performance with the new V6 platform,    leading to enhanced sound quality
- New streaming features from the Core Infinity board
- New 5 years warranty with a brand new packaging

The upgrade 3.0 is available on a permanent basis from the Devialet online store exclusively to ensure a seamless and straightforward customer journey for the end-customer, and Expert dealers can assist in the the installation back into your system. 


The upgrade 2.1 - allowing V6 without Core Infinity customers to upgrade
for free to V6 with Core Infinity - remains open in parallel.

> Increased power and enhanced audio performance from the new

V6 hardware platform with the latest 13.x firmware version

1. New V6 hardware platform:

• New Class A amplifier, with an improved damping factor

• New Class D amplifier, with optimised efficiency

• New Magic Wire® DAC, with less THD over the full bandwidth

• New power supply, more powerful and responsive

• Integration of the Core Infinity board, with reworked clock

distribution for minimal digital jitter

• New thermal management on the 250 Pro and the 1000 Pro,

with a 100% pure copper bottom plate and rear panel

2. Increased power:

• +20W from Le 120 to the Expert 140 Pro

• +20W from Le 200 to the Expert 220 Pro

• +40W from Le 400 to the Expert 440 Pro Dual

• +200W from Le 800 to the Expert 1000 Pro Dual

Devialet Expert Core Infinity 3.0 upgrade 2018

How to upgrade my Devialet Expert Pro amplifier?

The Core Infinity is carried out in France by Devialet and can either be arranged by collection via UPS or brought into our store whereby their website carries out the preferred upgrade option quoting our dealer reference code     ST010035

https://www.devialet.com/en-gb/expert-pro-upgrade/ 

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LP12 upgrades at your home

As a LINN Forum member found out - http://forums.linn.co.uk/bb//showthread.php?tid=40150  You get a system review too. In his case two rooms of DS to preamp weren't set correctly.

Naturally if you prefer to bring your deck to us no problem.

Hidden Systems offer free installation of new LP12 supply by us or some of the upgrades supplied by us (Minimum spend £1190 ie. LINN Krystal) free of charge. within a 50 mile radius of our Windsor postcode  SL4 1HZ in your home. The setup tools and Olympus microscope come to you.

Latest summer promo is below.

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Devialet Dialog gift

Buy any Phantom White, Silver or Gold up to June 25th and receive a free Dialog worth £249. As Hidden Systems we also include this to include any new Expert Pro too ie. you may wish to own a Phantom as a current Expert end user.

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Hidden Systems partner Kudos Audio

Hidden Systems partner Kudos Audio

Hidden Systems are pleased to partner Kudos Audio for speakers that are our new Devialet range of integrated streamer amplifiers can drive beautifully. They also integrate into LINN Exakt technology via Exaktboxes. For more information click here

Rega AURA MC Phonostage

Rega AURA MC Phonostage

The reference Aura MC stage is the culmination of decades of electronic design development. Rega have created the ultimate, fully adjustable, three stage, all symmetrical pre-amplifier designed purely to extract the very best performance from your moving coil cartridge and vinyl playback system.

Built into a completely re-designed custom case, the Aura is dedicated to moving coil cartridges and stays clear of any compromises. Rega have avoided including any superfluous functions as they obstruct the signal path and degrade the sound quality. The Aura phono pre-amp incorporates remarkable and innovative design ideas. If you are a vinyl connoisseur, then the Aura MC is an absolute must for demonstration at Hidden Systems

£3999 UK

For more information 

http://www.rega.co.uk/aura-mc-stage.html

Trip to Munich HiFi

Great trip to Munich High End Show. Lots of interesting things to see and hear.