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Linn’s new Majik DSM super-integrated amplifier

  • Scottish manufacturer Linn has today announced their new Majik DSM super-integrated amplifier. A single box houses 1) a network streamer, 2) a DAC (derived from the Katalyst), 3) a hybrid analogue/digital MM phono stage (derived from the Urika II), 4) a pre-amplifier and 5) a 50wpc (into 8 Ohms) power amplifier.

    On the latter, the press release reads: “The bespoke, Linn-designed Class D power amplifiers offer better performance thanks to lower noise and distortion and more efficient signal conversion, allowing even greater musical detail to be extracted. Updates to the DAC implementation, power amplification and volume control are all underpinned by a new, higher power processing platform.”

    That higher processing power brings with it Linn’s Space Optimisation Technology that allows users to better tailor the Majik DSM’s loudspeaker output to the room’s acoustics.

    A quick look at the back panel tells us just how versatile the Majik DSM might be: a quad of HDMI inputs, one HDMI output, USB, TOSLINK, coaxial – up to 24bit/192kHz supported – plus a single-ended analogue input (that can be configured as an MM phono input) plus a line out and speaker binding posts.

    The internal network streamer can be accessed via Bluetooth for convenience whilst WiFi and Ethernet lasso Tidal, Qobuz, Spotify Connect, AirPlay and Roon Readiness. Favourite playlists and radio stations can be pinned to each of the six smart buttons located on the front panel’s upper lip.

    Just add loudspeakers. And/or a turntable. Linn is also offering the Majik LP12 turntable, Majik 109 and Majik 140 loudspeakers (each available in custom colours) for users who wish to go all-in on a complete Linn system.

    Or add headphones. The Majik DSM’s 6.4mm headphone output is backed by a new dedicated headphone amplifier circuit.

    The Majik DSM will sell for €2950 or US$3835. Stateside pricing on the corresponding LP12, 109 and 140 runs as follows:

    Further information: Linn

    Written by John

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