DSD Support

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DSD file playback on the Linn DS/DSM

Products that will play DSD audio
  • Linn DS/DSM players with Katalyst DAC's, from firmware Davaar 60, can play DSD audio files. This is performed by passing the native DSD stream directly to the Katalyst DAC and letting the DAC do the processing and volume control.
  • All ORGANIK DAC's fitted within the Linn DSM can play DSD audio files.
  • New Klimax DSM (2020 variant)
  • Selekt DSM both "Standard" and "Katalyst" DAC's
  • New Majik DSM (2020 variant)



Some important points on DSD playback on the Linn DS/DSM:

  • The DSD audio is ONLY available on the Linn DS/DSM analogue outputs.
The DSD audio stream is NOT supported on Exakt-Link

  • Exakt-link to Exakt speakers or Exaktbox. That is, DSD files will NOT play on Exakt speakers or Exaktboxes.
  • digital outputs. (TOSLINK, SPDIF)
  • Songcast to other Linn DS/DSM players



  • Supports DSD64 (2.8224MHz) and DSD128 (5.6448MHz) sample rates.DSD256 is only supported on Klimax DSM (2020 variant).
These in the following formats:
  • DSF - Sony format that supports ID3 tags
  • DFF - old Philips mastering format (aka DSDIFF)


On non-ORGANIK DAC's:

  • No digital signal processing is possible. This will:
    • No balance control is possible to DSD audio file playback.
    • No Space Optimisation is applied to DSD audio file playback
    • Maximum volume is restricted to 80 (unity gain) on DSD audio file playback. However if you have raised to volume to a higher level e.g. 90, this higher volume is applied to any tracks that are NOT DSD audio files.


Linn Kazoo Server supports the index and serving of DSD files. Non-indexed DFF files that have no metadata can be browsed by file name using the Kazoo Server Removable drives option.
Asset UPnP server and Minimserver support DSD index and serving to the Linn DS/DSM.