Linn Organik DAC upgrade for Klimax DS and DSM
Linn’s first-ever, entirely homegrown DAC
- “Is this better than what’s available elsewhere?”
At Linn, nothing progresses beyond the prototype stage if it can’t answer this question
with a resounding ‘Yes!’.
Designing and building their own DAC, completely from scratch, was no exception. It
was only worth doing if the result would be significantly better than their previous
designs utilising meticulously optimised 3rd-party chips.
Designed without compromise, and engineered entirely in-house, Organik is the
embodiment of over thirty years of digital technology innovation and expertise.
Linn pioneered high-performance digital streaming in the hi-fi industry; they’re raising
the bar further, thanks to this paradigm shift in digital-to-analogue conversion
- How does it sound? That’s not for us to say. Though rest assured, Linn doesn’t do
anything unless they can do it better than what’s available elsewhere.
With this novel DAC architecture, implementation, and realisation, Linn has finally
completed the puzzle: they have achieved complete control over the entire music
signal chain — an ambition fifty years in the making.
- Organik forms the beating heart of next-generation Klimax DSM (2021), and you can
now experience Organik performance across the established Klimax range; whether as
part of a new system or through upgrading your existing Klimax products.
Organik is fitted as standard to all new Klimax DSM, Klimax Exaktbox and Klimax 350
All Klimax DS and DSM variants — even the very first model manufactured in 2007 –
can now be retrofitted with an Organik DAC architecture upgrade. This upgrade has the
added benefit of adding DSD256 and 24-bit/384kHz streaming capability to older
Klimax streamers, bringing it right up to date with Linn’s current flagship platform.
There are many different types of ‘discrete’ DAC. Although simply making something
‘discrete’ does not necessarily result in high performance. The performance advantage
of Organik comes from its unique combination of:
Organik uses an 8-layer circuit board, facilitating optimal delivery of power and clocks to
the DAC. Power for the conversion stage is generated by a discrete regulator, and
delivered using multiple internal power planes.
Clock traces are matched to within fractions of a millimetre, to ensure that every part of
the DAC receives its clock at precisely the same time. All these elements work in
harmony to create an analog signal with incredibly low levels of noise and distortion —
far lower than anything we’ve ever achieved before.
Modulation method – Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) Delta-Sigma
Conversion stage – Discrete Analog Finite Impulse Response (AFIR)
Implementation – Ultra-stable power, precision clocking, and expert PCB design
If you would like to bring your Klimax DS/DSM in for the upgrade, the upgrade cost is £5400 and can be completed whilst you wait in house within an hour. Early models will have to be sent off to Linn so please call ahead with your serial no.