Klimax DS / 3 (Katalyst variant)

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Linn Klimax DS /3
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Digital music player with Exakt-logo.png-link capability

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Product Name:

Klimax DS/3

Date of Introduction: Sept 2016 - Sept 2018

Type: Digital music player with Katalyst DAC

& Exakt-link technology


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Back panel connections

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Using the Linn DS/DSM product


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Product info

Product Name:

Klimax DS/3

Date of Introduction: Sept 2016 - Sept 2018

Type: Digital music player with Katalyst DAC

& Exakt-link technology

Hardware Upgrades

Organik Upgrade
UTOPIK Power Supply upgrade: Improved power supply

Note: It should be noted that this upgrade information may at times be out of date and should not be used as a current list of what upgrades are available.

Initial Configuration

Considerations before installation, make sure that you have
  • A mains power socket
Stable mains supply
100-120V rms 50~60Hz,
220-240V rms 50~60Hz
  • a local LAN/Ethernet connection for this product

Installation notes

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

Back Panel connections


  1. MAINS INPUT - To connect to the mains electricity supply.
  2. EXAKT LINK - To connect to Exakt compatible devices (Exaktbox, Exakt Speakers, Urika II etc)
  3. ETHERNET - To connect to a network (100Base-T)
  4. RS232 PORTS - For connection to Linn source products without ethernet ports.
  5. FALLBACK - Used when reprogramming the unit.
  6. EARTH GROUND - For connecting the unit to an earthing terminal if no mains earth is available or for joining the earths of other products in the system to improve perfromance in areas of poor/noisy electrical earth conditions.
  7. UNBALANCED OUT RIGHT, LEFT - To connect to a preamplifier (or power amplifier when internal volume control is enabled) with unbalanced (RCA) analogue inputs.
  8. BALANCED OUT RIGHT, LEFT - To connect to a preamplifier (or power amplifier when internal volume control is enabled) with balanced (XLR) analogue inputs.

EXAKT LINK connection

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Exakt Link uses readily available network cables:

  • CAT 5/5e UTP/FTP
  • CAT 6/6a UTP/FTP

Note: There is no change in the audio performance of the Exakt Link between Cat 5 or Cat 6 Cables.


Exakt Systems can be configured either a star from the system master or as a daisy chain configuration. Examples of each configuration is shown below.

Star Configuration

Daisy Chain Configuration

Note: There is no change in audio performance between the star configuration or the daisy chain configuration.

For more examples and information check HERE

To enable Exakt options on the Exakt DS ensure that the internal volume control is turn ON in Manage Systems.

Front Panel Connections

  1. POWER SWITCH- For switching the power to the unit on and off

Download App

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The Linn DS/DSM can be done from many control points at the same time.

The name of this control App/software is KAZOO..

Kazoo control App/software is available for
Windows Kazoo software download

Windows Kazoo download

OSX Kazoo download

MAC OSX Kazoo download

Kazoo App - Google Play for Phone/Tablet Andrioid Kazoo for Android Phone/Tablet download

You can also download the Apps from: www.Linn.co.uk > Menu > The Linn control App - Kazoo

Setup and changes

There are two ways to configure, (if required), your Linn DS/DSM player/Speakers etc:

1. Web-browser App called Manage systems that can also be used on your Tablet:
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Before you do anything you will need to have a Linn Account. This is a simple process and can only be performed using the Kazoo App or Linn App.
Details on how to create your Linn Account and how to use Manage systems can be found in the Manage Systems page.

2. Windows 10 PC or MAC OSX app called Konfig:

This Konfig App can be downloaded from KONFIG App

This will allow changing the Room name, Kiko name, input name and other settings. This can be changes by yourself and/or your Linn Retailer.

Details of most of the options are listed in the Konfig Manual, this covers many options

Konfig is currently being phased out and replaced by Manage Systems.

Note: Manage Systems has taken over from Konfig and we would prefer you to use Manage Systems to setup an configure your Linn products.

Space Optimisation

for ALL Linn DS/DSM products
Linn Account Space Optimisation
Linn Account Space Optimisation
from Davaar64 ⇒
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Linn Konfig Space Optimisation
& Space Optimisation+

Linn Space Optimisation is currently configurable using either the Konfig app or the Linn Account Manage systems.

Click the above picture/icon for more information of that version of Space Optimisation.

More details of what Space Optimisation can be found can be found at www.Linn.co.uk

What are the differences between the Konfig Space Optimisation and Linn Account (Kloud Konfig) Space Optimisation?

The new version of Space Optimisation uses highly sophisticated acoustic modelling to model the interactions between your speakers and the room; this acoustic modelling is based on the finite-difference time-domain method. A simple two-dimensional analogy to this method of acoustic modelling is of a fishing net laid over a pond; each knot in the net defines a discrete measurement location, so that when a stone is thrown into the pond, we can track the resulting ripple by measuring its height at each knot.
The spatial discretisation employed by this method of acoustic modelling allows the new version of Space Optimisation to correctly consider the effects of:
  • non-rectangular rooms;
  • the placement of features like doors and windows;
  • And the location and rotation of your speakers.
Furthermore, the time-domain formulation of this method of acoustic modelling means that the new version of Space Optimisation can now reduce both the energy and decay time of any artificial distortions caused by the interactions between your speakers and the room, resulting in both a flat frequency response and a uniform decay time. :Finally, the new version of Space Optimisation has been designed to give a better balance of low- and mid-frequency energy.

What is the difference between Space Optimisation & Space Optimisation+?

This is applicable to both Linn Konfig and Manage System/Kloud Konfig
Space Optimisation is for NON-Exakt systems. This uses the direct analogue outputs of the Linn DS/DSM
Space Optimisation+ is for Exakt speaker. This is used for loudspeakers fed via the Exakt-link AND used with as a digital crossover.
The "plus" is to signify the more musical detail that is capable within the Exakt system and Space Optimisation due to timing control of each individual drive unit etc. (This is not possible with non-Exakt systems as the loudspeaker is only driven by one common audio feed per channel.)

Is the Linn Account Manage systems only available for the new Linn DSM's

Both Applications can be used for ALL Linn Products.
The only limitation is that the Linn DS/DSM must have Davaar64 to run Linn Account Manage systems]

Why don't you use a Microphone in Space Optimisation?

The aim of Space Optimisation is to remove the effects of your room, to uncover the unique acoustic characteristics of your speakers; after all, this is what you fell in love with when buying your speakers. To achieve this, Space Optimisation needs to understand both the interactions between your speakers and the room and the unique acoustic characteristics of your speakers; the unique acoustic characteristics of your speakers are then subtracted from the interactions between your speakers and the room, leaving only the effects of your room.

An acoustic measurement of the interactions between your speakers and room can have many sources of error which may affect the accuracy and repeat-ability of the measurement, including the choice of measurement stimulus, such as MLS or a log chirp; external noise, such as traffic noise and vibration; quality and calibration of the microphone, which can introduce distortion; and the microphone location, which can be sensitive to within a few centimetres. The use of acoustic modelling removes these sources of error: the model can apply an ideal impulse as stimulus; the modelling domain is free from noise; the model can use an ideal microphone; and the listening location is well-defined. It can thus be seen that acoustic modelling has a clear advantage over acoustic measurement in understanding the interactions between your speaker and the room.

The unique acoustic characteristics of your speakers depend on many factors, including the shape and size of the drive units and ports; the constructive and destructive interference between the drive units, ports and any cabinet-edge diffraction sources; and the angle between the listening location and your speakers. Therefore, a simple on-axis anechoic measurement of your speakers is insufficient information; what is actually required is an anechoic measurement with your speakers in the same configuration as you have them in your home. While some manufacturers do publish anechoic measurements of their speakers, both on- and off-axis, it is extremely unlikely that they will have performed an anechoic measurement of your speakers in the same configuration as you have them in your home. The acoustic modelling of such a scenario is, however, straightforward; the model can simply turn your room into an anechoic chamber to obtain the unique acoustic characteristics of your speakers in the same configuration as you have them in your home. It can thus be seen that acoustic modelling once again has a clear advantage over acoustic measurement in understanding the unique acoustic characteristics of your speakers.

From the above, it is clear that acoustic modelling is the best approach to Space Optimisation.

Can I use "Linn Account Space Optimisation" with my Exakt system?

From November 2019 you can now use Linn Account Space Optimisation with Stereo and Surround Exakt systems.

General products manuals and information

Controlling the product User Guide

Product setup:Manage Systems user manual

Space Optimisation (Advanced)

Safety Information

Warranty Terms and Conditions

Third Party Software Copyright



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Tidal This will work with Linn DS/DSM products running Davaar23 firmware. This can be updated using the Konfig software.

To create and add Tidal tracks to a Linn DS/DSM playlist, you require Kazoo or Linn App
Tidal is supported in countries listed HERE on the Tidal website
Check for Tidal FAQ's with Linn DS/DSM


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Qobuz Streaming CD or Hi-Res quality music
To create and add Qobuz tracks to a Linn DS/DSM playlist you require Kazoo or Linn App
Check for Qobuz FAQ's with LInn DS/DSM

Calm Radio

Calm Radio
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Calm Radio "Music that helps you get through the day "
To create and add Calm Radio tracks to a Linn DS/DSM playlist you require Kazoo or Linn App
Check Check for Calm Radio FAQ's with Linn DS/DSM

Spotify Connect

Spotify Connect
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Spotify Connect can now be used on Linn products using firmware Davaar59 (Aug 2017) or later firmware. (That is, if your Linn DS/DSM has had a software update after Aug 2017 then you can use Spotify connect)
This allows you to select and play your Spotify music on your Linn DS/DSM players and use the internal volume control on the Linn DS/DSM.

To connect your Spotify account to the Linn DS/DSM:
  1. On your control device, iPad/Android/PC/MAC etc, connect to the same computer network as your Linn DS/DSM
  2. Start your Spotify app, (if it is already open then close the App, wait a few seconds, and open the App)
  3. Now check the Spotify Speakers icon to find your Linn DS. (In some cases you may have to power cycle your Linn DS/DSM before this is seen)
  4. Select your Linn product, and you can now play to the Linn DS/DSM from the Spotify account and control the Linn DS/DSM volume.

This is web controlled and if your Linn DS/DSM has already been paired with your Spotify account you will be able to control even if you are not on the same ethernet network.(So be careful that if you accidentally select the Linn DS/DSM as a Spotify speaker and put the volume up high, and you are not at home)

Check FAQ Spotify Connect for more information.


"Roon Tested"
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from Davaar 106 onwards, (Feb 2024 >), the following products are also Roon Ready:

this also includes products updated to Organik DACs

Roon Ready now allows these products to share audio to, and from, other Roon Ready devices.



The Linn DS/DSM requires Davaar63 (May 2018) or later firmware to work with Roon V1.5 and above.(That is, if your Linn DS/DS/HUB has had a software update after May 2018 then you can use Roon)

This allows full hi-res audio, (192k/24bit) playback controlled by the Roon system

Songcast is used to share audio between Linn Products when using Roon. It does not use RAAT (Roon Advanced Audio Transport) for sharing Music, so cannot be set up as a Roon-Ready sharer.

Roon Tested Setup
On Linn DS proxy setups, Linn DS with Linn Kontrol preamplifier connected with RS232, the Roon volume control will not control the Linn Kontrol volume. This will only work with Linn DSM or Linn DS with internal volume control disabled.
A Roon HUB is required in your network system to allow Roon to control your Linn DS/DSM.
ENABLE the Linn DS/DSM player in the Roon - Settings - Audio - NETWORKED section.
In the Settings > Setup make sure that the Subnet of Linn Streaming is the same as the network that the Linn DS is on. Otherwise, they will not show in the Audio

Primary control is through Roon.
:Transport IR is disabled on the Linn DS/DSM when the Roon input is selected from Linn DS firmware release Davaar80 (Nov 2020)

Roon uses the Linn DS/DSM as a media player, the control interface IS Roon.

• I cannot see any Linn DS in the Audio list...
If you cannot see any Linn DS product in the Audio list then check that with the setup the correct Linn Streaming subnet (network address range).
E.g. if your Linn DS has IP address then its subnet is
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• I am only getting Airplay quality audio from the Linn DS using Roon
In Roon: Settings - Audio setup page, you will have devices listed with "via Linn Streaming" and devices listed with "via Airplay".
Pressing this ENABLE button on "via Linn Streaming" will bring this Linn DS player alive.
When you press ENABLE, this will then allow you to rename this Linn DS, otherwise it will be its default name. E.g. below the "Linn Akurate DSM" - "via Linn Streaming" has been enabled and I have renamed it "Merlin Lounge".

The Linn DS/DSM products have to be declared as "Roon Tested", networked devices in the Roon Core settings. (The "AIRPLAY" option for the Linn DS/DSM must be disabled within the Roon Core).
Click on the Roon Ready - Enable and give a name to the Linn DS/DSM. (In the example below, this has been named Merlin Lounge)
• I press STOP and the Roon starts playing again...
Transport (play / pause / stop) and Volume can be controlled using Kazoo or Ir handset. Although later versions of Roon will counteract these commands. Only use the Roon controller software to control what is playing.
Linn DS Firmware Davaar80 onwards will disable transport controls whilst on the Roon input of the Linn DS/DSM
• If I select an external source whilst playing Roon, I need to reselect the source to get it playing.
This can be due to a confusion, as the Roon will send a stop command to the Linn DSM as you exit the Roon source. However, as the Linn DSM will probably have changed to this new source, then this new source is stopped by Roon. On external sources, this can only be recovered by selecting another source and going back to the originally selected source.
The solution is to Stop or Pause the Roon source BEFORE you change to a different input on the Selekt DSM.
This can also be reduced by going into Konfig or Manage systems and disabling the "AutoPlay" option.


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This can now be used on Linn products using firmware Davaar82 (July 2021) or later firmware.
To create and add Deezer tracks to a Linn DS/DSM playlist you require the Linn App
This function is NOT available on the Kazoo or Kinsky Apps
The Deezer is broadcast from the Internet straight to the Linn DS/DSM and you use the Linn App to select and play the Music on the Linn DS/DSM.

Check for Deezer FAQ's with Linn DS/DSM


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AirPlay is a Apple protocol that allows wireless streaming media.
The Linn DS/DSM/HUB can take the audio stream via the "Netlink" input.
Check <HERE> for any issues with Airplay