FAQ:Linn Klimax DSM (2020 variant)

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Inputs/Outputs

Can I use both the RCA and XLR outputs at the same time?

This all depandent on the varaint of Klimax DS/DSM

All Klimax DS & Klimax DSM 2011/2014/2016/2018 variants:
We advice that you only use the XLR)output OR the RCA(connector #9) output. Never use both outputs as the RCA will degrade the XLR output audio.(When the output is set to RCA in Konfig this will ground part of the signal from the XLR-COLD connection.


Klimax DSM 2020 variant:
Yes, you can use both RCA and XLR outputs at the same time. You also have the option in this variant to disable XLR or RCA sockets using the Konfig App.


How can I connect my headphones to the Klimax DSM?
From firware release Davaar 81 (Apr 2021) You can switch on/off the backpanel XLR and RCA analogue outputs. This can allow you to connect your headphone amplifier to one set of sockets and your loudspeaker power amplfier to the other set of output sockets.


Is there a TAPE OUT on the Klimax DSM?

No, all Klimax analogue outputs are share the same common Volume control.


Can I plug a USB stick into the USB socket of the Klimax DSM

Type: USB-B socket

USB Audio Class 2 endpoint with supported sample rates from 44.1k to 384k on Klimax DSM

The Linn DSM is a USB stream player. It does not recognise a USB hard drive/USB stick as a Music STREAMING source.

Connect this USB socket into a Windows7,8,10 PC or MAC and be a Sound card for these computers.
• DSD audio will typically be transcoded to PCM, by the PC/MAC, before transporting down the USB cable to the Linn DSM
How can I play my Computer Music on the Klimax DSM?
You can connect the Linn Klimax USB socket, (USB Type-B) to connect to your PC/MAC USB socket. You can then set your sound card to output to the Klimax DSM.
On the Klimax DSM, select the "USB" input. On the PC/MAC, click on the Volume icon on the notification bar and select Linn DSM. The audio from your PC/MAC is now directed to the Klimax DSM as a USB Audio Class 2 endpoint


You have two volume controls for this input: one on the PC/MAC and the other on the Linn Klimax DSM. We would advise leaving the PC/MAC volume at 100% and only adjusting the Klimax DSM volume. This will stop any surprises when you change the Klimax DSM to another input such as Radio and suddenly get an extremely loud radio station.
Is there a DIGITAL/SPDIF output?
You can configure SPDIF1 socket to be an DIGITAL SPDIF output using the Konfig software.



Klimax display questions

Putting my hand towards the Klimax DSM is not waking up the display, why not?
The Klimax DSM has a proximity sensor, (that can be disable in Konfig > Display). This will only work if you move your hand to the front panel display.
(The Selekt DSM has a similar sensor that will also wake the display if you move your hand to the dial. But due to the machined casing on the Klimax DSM this proximity sensor is only operational on the front panel display.)


I get a flashing volume bars on the volume dial, what does this mean?
link =#I get a flashing volume bars on the volume dial, what does this mean? This is stating that the Klimax DSM is in MUTE.



My Klimax DSM has a RED Linn symbol on the dial, what does this mean?
KDSM-Network-Dial-200px.gif If you do not have a live network/LAN connection on the Klimax DSM the Linn symbol on the dial will go red.

If your network cable is plugged in and your network/LAN is alive then check that you have the network/LAN cable plugged into the LAN socket,

Klimax DSM 2021 Dial-Normal 200px.png After a live network/LAN connection is made the LINN symbol on the dial will turn white after 5-10 seconds.



I get a flashing Linn icon on the volume dial, what does this mean?
KDSM-Exakt-Dial-200px.gif
This means that the Klimax DSM is in :
  • Searching for Exakt speakers after being woken from Standby (typically only flashes for a couple of seconds after waking from Standby)
or
  • FALLBACK mode : Fallback is a state that means that the product is waiting for a software update. To stop this flashing either:
  • Power cycle (Switch Mains Off for 10seconds and then switch mains On) and leave the Klimax DSM to startup for approximately 1min.
or
  • Use the Konfig software to upload software in to the Linn Klimax DSM
Display is showing this icon beside the Volume indicator. What does this mean?
Update Available.jpg Firmware update is available.
The update is not compulsary, just an indication that an update is available.
A Software update is performed by the Konfig software or Linn App. Instructions on how to do this update are listed HERE



Is it normal that the Klimax DSM display cannot always stay on? Can I adjust the display timeout?
We aimed for a display that was unobtrusive when idle. The display automatically activates, drawing the user's attention, when there is a change in DSM state to communicate. E.g. changes to volume, source or track would all cause the display to activate. It is also possible to manually activate the display at any other time by pressing the 'i' (information) button on the handset or by moving towards the Klimax DSM front panel display , activating its proximity sensor.

What does the shimmering dial mean?
KDSM3-reboot-dial 200px.gif



This is to show that the Klimax DSM is starting up after a mains power on.
It will typically do this for 30-45 seconds, but if the Linn Klimax DSM is performing a software update this may take a little longer.






IP Network

How do I find the IP address of my Klimax DSM?
When the front panel display is asleep, looking on the top of the Klimax DSM:
  1. Press the UPPER part of the dial. The front panel display will now show System options.
  2. Press the LOWER part of the dial to highlight "PROPERTIES"
  3. Press the RIGHT part of the dial to select this option.
This Klimax display will now show the Klimax Properties and IP Address.
The above action can also be performed using the Linn IR handset joystick controls.



Reseting the Klimax DSM

How do I do a FACTORY reset on the Klimax DSM?
You will need to have the Konfig running to do the Factory Reset, plus internet access for the Klimax DSM
This will do a reset all setting to default setting. This action may take a short time, typically 60seconds, to perform this action.
  1. Make sure that your Klimax DSM is powered on and your LAN network has Ethernet access
  2. In Konfig go into the Advanced and find your Klimax DSM
  3. Press the RESTORE and leave it to do the update.
  4. After approx 60seconds your Klimax DSM will have been set back to Factory setting.
  5. All Done
How do I RECOVER on the Klimax DSM?
You will need to have the Konfig running to do the full RECOVER, plus internet access for the Klimax DSM
This will do a fresh reload of Software and reset all setting to default setting. This action may take some time to perform as it need to download new software packages and install them. Typically this maycan take one hour to perform.(The is dependant on your Internet speed and how many software versions need to be installed).
  1. Make sure that your Klimax DSM is powered on and your LAN network has Ethernet access
  2. In Konfig, go into the Advanced and find your Klimax DSM
    1. If you cannot see you Klimax DSM double check the power connections and network connection.
    2. if you still don't have the Selket DSM listed in Konfig press the FALLBACK ( #2 in the image below) and repeat checking Konfig>Advanced tab
  3. Press the RECOVER and leave it to do the update.
  4. After approx 60minutes go to the Klimax and using the Dial what Software Version is installed.
  5. All Done

General operation

What is the difference between Klimax DSM (2020 variant) and earlier versions?
Exakt Devices
• Ultra-low jitter clock with improved clock distribution circuitry and new low-noise power supply
• This clock is used as the Exakt master clock and is distributed to all Exakt devices in the system
• Improving the clock in the Klimax DSM (AV / Music / Hub) improves the performance of all Exakt devices in the system
• Klimax Exakt DSM has 4off Exakt sockets, the Klimax DSM HUB only has 2off.
Analogue Inputs
• Brand new, high-performance ADC (analogue to digital converter) which now has its own circuit board and dedicated power supply
• New design has lower noise and lower distortion which benefits all analogue sources
Digital Inputs
• New Linn-designed SPDIF receiver implemented in an FPGA
• Improved clock recovery algorithm for reduced jitter
• SPDIF inputs support up to 192kHz/24-bit audio
• One SPDIF digital input can be configured as an output - This is also possible in the Klimax DSM/2 (2016/208 variant)
• The addition of a USB (type B) input allows connection to a computer as an audio device
USB input supports up to 384kHz/24-bit audio
Streaming
• 384kHz/24-bit streaming support
DSD256 audio format support
Connectivity
• The optical Ethernet connection improves audio performance by providing complete isolation from noisy network components
• WiFi and Bluetooth (4.2) connectivity
• Audio can be streamed from devices such as mobile phones, Alexa, Google Home
HDMI
HDMI eARC support


Differences between the previous version of Klimax DSM and Klimax System Hub
Klimax DSM/3 and Klimax DSM/2 (2016-2018 variant)
KDSM Black Rear Panel AV-Diff KDSM2 606px.png
  1. Addition of Service-Use socket
  2. Addition of Optical Ethernet connection
  3. Addition of USB socket for connection to PC/MAC
  4. Removal of TOSLINK socket from 2off to 1off
  5. Addition of another SPDIF Input. (One socket can still be configured as a digital Input or Output)
  6. Addition of another HDMI-2 input
  7. Addition of third analogue input. (RCA type)




Klimax DSM/3 and Klimax Exakt DSM/Klimax System Hub
KDSM Black Rear Panel AV-Diff KEDSM2 606px.png
  1. Addition of Service-Use socket
  2. Addition of Optical Ethernet connection
  3. Addition of USB socket for connection to PC/MAC
  4. Removal of TOSLINK socket from 2off to 1off.
  5. Removal of 2off EXAKT-LINK sockets from 4off to 2off.
  6. Addition of another HDMI-2 input
  7. Addition of third analogue input. (RCA type)


How to get my Alexa to Play on the Klimax DSM
You need to setup the Linn DSM as Bluetooth speakers for your Alexa
This will then allow you to select your Music to play back on the Klimax DSM as well as the volume of the Music.


Can I plug my USB drive/stick into the USB socket to play Music

Type: USB-B socket

USB Audio Class 2 endpoint with supported sample rates from 44.1k to 384k

The Linn DSM is a USB stream player. It does not recognise a USB hard drive/USB stick as a Music STREAMING source.

Connect this USB socket into a Windows7,8,10 PC or MAC and be a Sound card for these computers.
• DSD audio will typically be transcoded to PCM, by the PC/MAC, before transporting down the USB cable to the Linn DSM