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OnSight: a video view of the Linn Selekt DSM

  • Boxen Gross. Big speakers? Not for this commentator’s first visit to the Kreuzberg hi-fi store of the same name. Instead, I’m here to meet one Guido Schuetze – Brand Ambassador for Linn in Germany, Austria and Switzerland – for an extended introduction to the Scottish company’s first foray into a more mainstream-friendly all-in-one device: the Selekt DSM.

    At its heart, Linn’s Selekt DSM is a streaming DAC – with Ethernet, USB, 2 x TOSLINK, 2 x coaxial and HDMI ARC inputs – plus MM/MC phono stage with options for integrated 50wpc (into 8 Ohms) in-house-designed Class D power amplifier and/or upgraded Katalyst DAC. Pay for what you need. Don’t pay for what you don’t.

    What a video can show (that the written word and photos cannot so easily) is the Selekt DSM’s glass control dial that rotates for volume but tilts for on-screen menu navigation. Further, making playback one-touch-simple are the six programmable pins to which inputs, playlists, radio stations or even single songs can be assigned.

    And because 99% of this unit’s target market live in the real world, where an acoustically treated listening room is a pipe dream, Linn’s web browser-accessible Space Optimisation software interfaces with the Selekt DSM’s internal DSP for better control over the lower frequencies.

    Schuetze has the rest:

    Further information: Linn

    US pricing:

    Selekt DSM: US$5200
    Selekt DSM with integrated power amp: US$6825
    Selekt DSM with Katalyst DAC: US$7000
    Selekt DSM with integrated amp and Katalyst: US$8775

    Written by John Darko

    John currently lives in Berlin where he creates videos and podcasts and pens written pieces for Darko.Audio. He has previously contributed to 6moons, TONEAudio, AudioStream and Stereophile.

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