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Getting Started

Product info

  • Product Name: Sneaky DSM (2013 Variant)
  • Date of Introduction: February 2013 - September 2017
  • Type: Integrated digital music player, pre-amplifier, and power amplifier
  • Dimensions: 350 mm (width) x 54.5 mm (height) x 215 mm (depth)


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Latest software

Latest software releases

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Kazoo control User Guide

Remote Control manual

Product setup:Konfig user manual

Space Optimisation (Advanced)

Safety Information

Warranty Terms and Conditions

Third Party Software Copyright

Audio Latency

DSM Audio Latencies Explained

Network Setup

DS Budget System Setup

DS Entry Level System Setup

DS High End System Setup

Back Panel Connections

  1. MAINS INPUT - To connect to the mains electricity supply.
  2. FALLBACK- To put the device into Fallback mode (used when reprogramming).
  3. ETHERNET - To connect to a network.
  4. HDMI OUTPUT - To connect to a display device with HDMI inputs.
  5. HDMI INPUTS (3) - To connect sources with HDMI outputs.
  6. ANALOGUE OUTPUT (RCA, variable/fixed level) - To connect to subwoofer or external power amplifier (or pre amplifier when internal volume control is disabled, this will also disable the internal Power amplifier/speaker outputs) with unbalanced (RCA) analogue inputs.
  7. DIGITAL INPUT (Toslink) - To connect sources with Toslink (optical) digital outputs.
  8. DIGITAL INPUT (Spdif) - To connect sources with Spdif (RCA) digital outputs.
  9. ANALOGUE INPUT (line level) - To connect a turntable or line level source with unbalanced (RCA) outputs.
  10. SPEAKER OUTPUTS - To connect to loudspeakers, Neutrik 4 pole connector

Front Panel Connections

  1. Front Slot - contains the IR sensor and the Standby LED






Slow Flash

Fast Flash

Device in standby Device active (will also pulse on IR command received) Searching for IP address (boot) Fallback (reprogramme)

Speaker Wiring

The Sneaky DSM has 4 DAC channels and 4 Power Amplifiers. These amplifiers can be configured in stereo mode or bi-amped mode (via Konfig). All speaker outputs (and Analogue Output) share the same common Volume control.

Connections to the speakers are made via Neutrik Speakon connectors, NL4FX. Neutrik Speakon Assembly Instructions

The stereo mode is best suited to connecting to passive one-way speakers. Power output is 33W/channel (2 x 33).

1+ -> Speaker +
1- -> Speaker -
2+ -> Not Connected
2- -> Not Connected

The bi-amped mode is best suited to connecting to passive two-way speakers. Power output is 33W/channel (4 x 33).

1+ -> Speaker 1+
1- -> Speaker 1-
2+ -> Speaker 2+
2- -> Speaker 2-


Please read the following carefully before installing the unit in your system – your unit may need to be reconfigured by your Linn retailer.

Sneaky DSM FAQ's


The Sekrit DSM/Sneaky DSM are only available with HDMI 1.4 connections.
This product does NOT support ARC (Audio Return Channel)
Difference between Sneaky DSM & Sekrit DSM

Sekrit DSM has

  1. A chassis (case) that can be mounted in a 19” (RAKK-SNKMDS) with power switch & Fallback on the front of the case
  2. Indicator leds to give the operational/connection status of the Sekrit DSM
  3. Can be used with BASIK-3 or BASIK-3-IR RCU
  4. The option to screw an IR emitter over DSM IR receiver. This is intended for IR repeater control interface whilst the Sekrit DSM is hidden.
  5. Full range Power Amplifier with the (Configured in Konfig)
a. Single ended option of 4x33W. For driving two pairs of in-wall/in-ceiling speakers with common volume control.
b. Bridged mode of 2x50W. For driving one pair of speakers. (This requires wiring the Nuetrik plug for bridged mode)

Sneaky DSM has

  1. A chassis (case) for table top positioning with side power switch. Fallback button on rear connector panel
  2. Front panel power indicator that flashes when IR command is being received or in boot mode awaiting a DHCP address.
  3. Full range Power Amplifier with the (Configured in Konfig)
a. Single ended option of 2x33W. For driving one pair of speakers in single amp mode.
b. Single ended option of 4x33W. For driving one pair of speakers in Bi-AMP mode.

For further assistance, try our customer support pages