DutchWillem

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About DutchWillem

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    Netherlands

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  • Digital Source 1
    Linn Klimax DS/1
  • Pre-Amp
    Linn Klimax Kontrol
  • Power Amp/s
    Linn KLimax Solo's
  • My Speakers
    Linn Akubarik
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    I am not in the Hi-Fi trade

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  1. Yep, I know there's a lot of online info available, but was hoping that there would also still be a njce paper booklet.... Wilem
  2. As of this weekend, I am the proud new owner of an Klimax DSM/2. I bought if from BestofHifi in Hamburg - a nice trip last Saturday; 900km's on one day but well worth the effort :-) The DSM was a model DSM/1 that has been updated with the new Katalyst and HDMI boards installed - it now is identical to the DSM/2 specs and has slightly under 5 years of Linn warranty left. It is now settling in on a playlist that is set to repeat. Too early obvious to give a detaled review but my first impressions are that this sounds more natural compared to the Klimax DS/1 that I had before. The "attentive listener" might notice that I now have a completely changed set: coming from a Klimax DS/1 / Kontrol/1 / Klimax Twin / Akurate 242's, I now have a Klimax DSM/2 / Klimax Solo's / Akubarik (passive). Quite a chnge and quite a boost in sound ! I was wondering if new DSM/s models come with a user's manual in the form of a booklet? Something akin to the nice booklet that comes with Solos? I can of course download the product information sheet and the quickstart guide, but such a booklet - if it exists - would be nice. Does anyone know if such a booklet is available? Does anyone has it in digital format? Cheers, Willem
  3. Boy am I glad I decided to buy a set of passive Akubariks end of September! Just in time, as it now seems.... Willem
  4. To me, it makes more sense to recode all audiofiles to WAV, rather than have the renderer (DS) transcode the files to WAV everytime I play them. Willem
  5. Well... I have reformatted all my music to WAV - from sources such as AIFF and FLAC - because it DOES make a difference... at least it does to my ears. And my wife’s ears.An my friend’s ears who I had listen to the difference between various formats... This was a tip from Ian at Billy Vee in London. We had a listening session and we - my wife and I - not only could tell the difference but als liked WAV better than other formats. And we still do. I’m not sure how to explain the difference. Everything just sounds more relaxed, more natural. Ian’s explanation was that WAV doesn’t need to be processed as much as AIFF and FLAC. This has the effect of the DS having to work significantly less and this results in better performance and better sound. I’m sure Ian explains it far better than I do, but this is the core of his message. Willem
  6. I’ve decided to try Roon for a year. The user interface definitely is miles ahead of anything else that I’ve seen. I really like the possibilities to read up on artists and link to similar music and so on. What I also really like is the possibility to set my system (Linn Klimax DS/1) to play everthing on normalised Output volume. I know this is frowned upon by some Linn evangelists but the ease-of-use when playing from a mixed playlist is really great. There are things I don’t like. F.i. he DS doesn’t show what it’s playing, it just says “Roon” in the display. And I am not able to control the output volume from my Roon control point. I think this is only possible with a DSM, not with a KK hooked up to a DS? Willem
  7. It would make sense, wouldn’t you agree? DS’es don’t have pre-amps built-in and I can’t imagine that Linn would advise customers to feed a DS into a non-Linn preamp. willem
  8. David, truth is, I haven’t dealt with the height difference at all... I’m not sure which height I have in my SO v2 profile - I’ll look into that in a couple of weeks once the speakers and cables are settled in. Thanks for bringing this to my attention. Willem
  9. I agree with ThomasOK that a good preamp brings something, at least in my ears, that the built-in preamp in a DSM doesn’t. Don’t really know what is is so I just call it “warmth’. So I‘ll happily keep my KK/1. One thing I would consider though, is replacing my KDS/1 for a KDSM/1. Don’t know for sure if I have the numbering right; I am talking about the DSM with both the analogue, optical and HDMI inputs and both analogue and Exakt outputs. I can see the added value of hooking up systems like a TV and a computer to the DSM and still using my preamp. I believe that in later versions (DSM/2 ?) all non-Ekakt outputs were cancelled? Willem
  10. I installed the Akubariks a week ago and they have been playing since then. The dealer advised me to start with driving them single-wired and with SO off and I have followed his advise. Great guy, bytheway. Very open, friendly, knowledgeable and pragmatic. Thanks again, Ian! I bought some new K200 to replace my K400 that I had been using as a bi-wired cable (with one Neutrik speakon per cable). I needed to wait on some new Neutrik speakons. All in all, the sound is quite different.There definitively is more bass, which I like - this was my main reason for listening to Akubariks in the first place. Music seems more open in the middle regions. Instrument placing isn't quite there yet - I suppose the new combination of speakers and cables will take sometime to settle. Ian suggested that this may take a few weeks. I have placed the speakers at approximately the same spot as the 242’s and haven’t experimented with position adjustments yet. I will do that at a later stage. The Akubariks in walnut are beautiful to look at bytheway. My wife is very pleased with them, as am I, so we are two happy campers here Willem
  11. Yes indeed we changed our living room quite a bit. We wanted a larger living room - originally it was 4 x 7 meters and we felt that was too small. We had a kitchen room of 5 x 6 meters adjacent to the living, so we broke away the wall between these rooms, thus creating a new larger living room in the shape of an L. We divided our garage that was 4 x 10 meters and really close to the house into two separate rooms, then made a connection between the house and the garage, and made the part of the garage sitting closest to the house into our kitchen room. It turned out quite nice, if I do say so myself :-) The stereo is now firing across the length of one leg of the L which is some 4 x 7 meters. So the 242's have moved from firing across the width to firing across the length and that sounds way better :-) See the attached diagrams from SO v2. When Paul visited us last year in april, he adjusted SO v1 for the original room. It did sound quite nice, way better than it sounded before Paul's visit. After the reconstruction I have started using SO v2. I am open to comparing v1 against v2 with the new Akubariks but I don't think that would be an honest comparison, with both the room dimensions and the speakers changed. Still, it will be fun to do so I'll probably give it a go. Paul, thanks for your kind offer to assist in creating a new SO v1 but I don't think that doing this remote will be a succes. I'll probably just change the speaker info in SO v2 and start using that. I think I will need some time to get used to the new sounds but maybe later on there may arise a need to make adjustments. Willem
  12. I will be replacing my speakers in a couple of weeks. The current setup is Klimax DS/1 >> Klimax Kontrol/1 >> Klimax Solos >> Akurate 242’s. All equipment is Dynamiked. I will be replacing the 242’s with passive Akubariks in a couple of weeks and this has got me thinking what I need or want to change once I have the Akubariks. Cables Currently I am using Linn K400 as a bi-wire cable from my Klimax Solos to my Akurate 242’s. I’m not sure if I will be driving the Akubariks bi-wired; the ones I heard at the dealers were driven single-wired and sounded brilliant. I will probably want to experiment on that, but I am curious about others’ experiences in this area? If I do decide to use single wires, there is no point in using the K400 so I could eather buy new cables (K200 ?) or just split up the K400’s to create “old style K200’s”. Any thoughts on this? Space Optimization I assume that I will need to make changes to my SO configuration? I have the room dimensions set up in SO 2. Do I only have to change the speakers in Konfig for the DS, or do I need to change anything else? Anything else? Thanks ! Willem