2019 brought us the Stack LINK: a Roon/UPnP/Spotify/Shairport network streamer and USB re-clocker whose circuitry lay elegantly in a bespoke-machined chassis.
From that news post: “Up the Link’s sleeve sits a trio of party tricks: 1) the Link is a CD ripper with a second USB port allowing for the connection of an external optical drive; 2) the Link is a USB pipe cleaner where its Type B USB port will play catch on any other USB source to clean up its signal before sending it on the DAC; 3) an HDMI display port for big-screen display of the Link’s Volumio interface.”
Now comes the Stack LINK II. The chassis remains the same but numerous internal changes have reportedly been made:
The master clock circuit has been upgraded to reduce the clock’s noise levels by 50% and the operating system has been overhauled. No longer Volumio-based, StackOS is based upon a commercial version of Ropieee and has been designed to be less resource-hungry than its predecessor. It also adds support for OpenHome and Squeezelite with support for HQ Player ‘coming soon’. The LINK’s DSD capabilities have been extended from DSD128 to DSD256.
The LINK II is shipping now in your choice of silver of black for £725, €825 or US$895.
Existing owners can upgrade to the new OS upon contacting Stack Audio directly.
Further information: Stack Audio