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Linn Setup Guide:
How to set up the Linn MAJIK DSM / 4



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Contents


Product info

* Product Name:

Majik DSM

* Date of Introduction: August 2020

* Type: Network music player

with integrated pre/power amp

  • Features
• Digital streaming via Bluetooth, Wi-Fi & Airplay
• Connect TV via HDMI ARC
HDMI-2 support
• On-board Class-D Amplification
• 192k/24bit Analogue to Digital convertion for Analogue input
Configurable Moving Magnet Turntable input stage or Line level Analogue input
Dynamik Power Supply

Initial Configuration

The MAJIK DSM makes installation simple. This is a one box solution that only requires loudspeakers and/or headphones to give you enjoyment in Music.

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
  • An Ethernet/LAN connection to your broadband Router. (You may need to connect it to a wired network connection to allow intial setup and configuration.And then you can disconnect this LAN cable and use the Wifi capabilities of your network to control and stream music to the MAJIK DSM)
  • The HDMI connection from your TV and any HDMI source is not too long and is the correct specification HDMI certified cables.
  • The product has adequate ventilation for operation.
  • Positioning Information


Unpacking

  1. Remove the Majik DSM from the packing and check you have all of the accessories.


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Wiring

The Majik DSM uses a Linn Class D Amplifier. This has a lower gain compared to other Linn Amplifiiers.

Note:
  • Power Amplifier outputs: These are CLASS-D amplifier outputs and speakers should ONLY be connected/disconnected when the product in is Sleep state or powered OFF.
  • Some Electrostatic speakers may require a modification to work with Linn Class-D amplifier. Please refer to the speaker manufacturers website for information.
  • The Linn Class-D power amplfiers have a slightly lower gain than other Linn power amplifiers, (original Majik/Akurate..). If you are going to Bi-Amp a pair of speakers then we would recommend lowering the gain on the attached Power Amplfiers


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  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 (100Base-T)
  4. USB6 - To connect to a PC/MAC for Class 2.0 PCM USB Audio playback
  5. DIGITAL INPUTS/OUTPUT (Spdif)5 - To connect sources with Spdif (RCA) digital sources. This can be configured as a SPDIF source with no volume control
  6. DIGITAL INPUTS (Toslink)5 - To connect sources with Toslink (optical) digital outputs.
  7. ANALOGUE INPUTS (RCA MM / Line Level (Default) )1,2 & 3 - To connect to Turntable with MM cartidge or source with RCA analogue output.
  8. PHONO GROUND - To connect to a turntable grounding terminal.
  9. ANALOGUE OUTPUTS (RCA,variable level)4 - To connect to an optional external power amplifier.
  10. SPEAKER OUTPUTS - To connect to loudspeakers7
  11. POWER SWITCH - Mains power switch
  12. HDMI OUTPUT with ARC (HDMI)8 - To connect to a TV (This Majik DSM supports Audio Retun Channel (ARC))
  13. HDMI INPUTS - To connect sources with 1.4 & 2.08 HDMI outputs

Reference:

1 Analogue input (Default setting)
Voltage: 2V rms,
Input impedance 10kΩ
2 with ADC of 192kHz/24bit
3 RCA MM:
MM input impedance 47k, 100pf
MM voltage (1kHz): 67mV rms. (Gain +40dB)
4 Analogue Output:
RCA - 2V rms, 300Ω
5 Digital inputs: 32kHz, 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz
SPDIF socket can be converted to an SPDIF output that will support up to 192KHz. This output is a fixed level output, that is, Volume Up/Down had no effect on this output.
6 USB Audio Class 2 Supported Sample rates: 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz
7 Max output power:
100W/channel into load,
50W / channel into load
8HDMI 2.0 Supports HDCP 2.2 up to and including 60Hz UHD. We recommend using HDMI Certified cables

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Setup and changes

Bluetooth & Wifi

Quick setup can be done using the Pin buttons


Bluetooth-icon.pngBluetooth Specification

Series 3, Selekt DSM & Majik DSM (2020 variant) implements Bluetooth v4.2

  • Audio is transferred using SBC encoding
  • This is not natively compatible with Googlecast.

This is a recent update and available on the Series3-301, Selekt DSM (running Davaar 75+ firmware) and Majik DSM (2020 variant) products

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Setting up Bluetooth using the Pin buttons

1. Select the Bluetooth menu on your device for pairing
2. Press and hold Pins 3 & 4 on the Majik DSM until "Bluetooth: Pairing..." appears on the front panel display
3. Select the Majik DSM (Room name), from the list of available Bluetooth devices on your device for pairing



Wifi.png Wifi Specification

Supports IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac PSK/CCMP 1-CH
[ 2.4G (b/g) & 5G (n) Standards]

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Setting up Wifi using the Pin buttons

1. Press the WPS button on your internet router
2. Press and hold Pins 2 & 5 on the Majik DSM until "WPS: Connecting..." appears on the front panel display
3. The Linn DSM should now automatically connect to the Wifi network
  • Press and hold Pins 1, 2 & 5 to forget the Wifi network


Alternative Wifi Setup Method via Web Browser

1. With the Majik DSM out of Sleep mode
2. Go to the Wireless settings on your device (e.g. iPad)
3. Find the Majik DSM on the list of available networks. It will be called Majik DSM - <serial number>
4. Select this as the wireless network
5. Now open a web browser on your device and type "https://setup.linn.co.uk" in the address bar
6. The Majik DSM Wifi Setup page should now be displayed
7. Select the Wifi network you want to connect to
8. Enter the passkey for the Wifi network
9. Click on 'Set Network'
10. Complete



Wifi can also be setup using the Konfig App below

Configuration

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

1. Windows 10 PC or MAC OSX app called Konfig:
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This Konfig App can be downloaded from KONFIG App

This will allow to change 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 a lot of options




2. Web-browser App called Manage systems that can also be used on your Tablet:
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This does not have as many features as the Konfig App, above, but will allow you to do most of your changes.
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.
Details on how to create your Linn Account and how to use Manage systems can be found in the Manage Systems page.



Space Optimisation

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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 is can be found at www.Linn.co.uk

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

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 detail that is capable within the Exakt system and Space Optimisation.

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?

Check this link for more detail.

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.

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

The differences are explained HERE





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Using the Linn Majik DSM

Front panel operation

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1. PIN BUTTONS1- Personalised media selection / Shortcut buttons/Pins 1-6. Creation on PINS can be found in the Kazoo Manuals or Linn App

2: Control button2 - Main control interface switch (for Volume, Menu navigation and selection).

3. Headphone socket - 1/4" / 6.35mm Jack .

4. Volume level & Mute - indicators of Volume level and Mute state.

5. Software update available - Use Linn App or Konfig to perform this update.

6. Media information - This will show the current source name/track name/Radio station etc and the Majik DSM Menu display.

7. Transport information' -Tthe Play/Stop/Pause/Buffering symbol to shows you the current transport state.


Notes
1 A quick press of this button will select your PIN. For more information on PINS check the FAQ-What is a PIN
2-Volume/Source/Menu/Transport button
Quick press/Tap action
*Toggle between Pause/Play if you are playing a Music stream such as a Playlist, Tidal, Qobuz, Spotify
*Increment or decrement the volume level by one step at a time
*Change Source
*Menu actions within the Source menu


Bluetooth speaker setup: such as Alexa, Google Home etc

Bluetooth-icon.pngBluetooth Setup -Initial setup to pair up your Bluetooth device, (iPhone, iPad, Alexa Echo, Android...), to the Majik DSM}}

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Setting up Bluetooth using the Pin buttons

1. Select the Bluetooth menu on your device for pairing
2. Press and hold Pins 3 & 4 on the Majik DSM until "Bluetooth: Pairing..." appears on the front panel display
3. Select the Majik DSM (Room name), from the list of available Bluetooth devices on your device for pairing

This will now allow your Alexa/Google Home to play music on the Majik DSM


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Controlling your Linn DS/DSM using and infrared handset

To control your Linn DS/DSM you can you the infra-red handset supplied with product as well as the Linn App, Kazoo. This can be downloaded & installed

The infra-red handset supplied has;-

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  * Volume control, Mute
  * Input control with PIN selection
  * Radio station selection using the handset joystick,
  * Playlist navigation using the handset joystick,
  * Transport control (Play, Stop, Pause, Skip & Search) &
  * Music information.



The Technical Specifications of the IR handset can be found HERE

Download App

Control of the Linn DS/DSM using a PC/MAC/Tablets & Phones

Initial installation

Linn 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 Linn App

Linn App control App is available for
  • Apple iPhone/iPads.(IOS10 and above)
You can download the Apps from Apple iStore



Kazoo
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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 PC's,
  • MAC computers,
  • Android phones/tablets and
  • Apple iPhone/iPads.
You can download the Apps from: www.Linn.co.uk > Menu > The Linn control App - Kazoo



Using the Linn DS/DSM control software

For full operation of Kustom DSM you will need to use Linn App and/or Kazoo 4.13.64 >

As you can see from the above section there are multiple software/Apps for different control devices. Although Kazoo has the same style of control in each device, there are minor differences depending on what your control device is. This is why we have different Manuals.
These manuals should only be used as a basic guide for what the buttons can do. We would recommend just using the App/Software and only using the guide if you are having difficulty or want to see what more features are available.

These guides may show some features that are not available, or not have not be configured to work in your system. If you required more information then please contact your Retailer or Linn Support Site


iPad/iPhone Linn App
Windows Kazoo
MAC/MACBook Kazoo
up to Yosemite (OSX 10.10)]
El Capitan (10.11 >)


iPad/iPhone Kazoo


Android Kazoo


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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 Majik 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 up your Spotify account to the Linn Majik DSM :

  1. On your control device, iPad/Android/PC/MAC etc, connect to the same computer network as you 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 Majik DSM before this is seen)
  4. Select you Linn product and you can now play to the Linn Majik DSM from the Spotify account and control the Linn Majik DSM volume.

This is web controlled and if your Linn Majik 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 Majik DSM as a Spotify speaker and put the volume up high and you are not at home)


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ROON

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"Roon Tested"

The Linn DS/DSM IS a ROON CERTIFIED device
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)
The Linn DS/DSM is a "Roon Tested network player"
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 setup as a Roon-Ready sharer.

Setup
On Linn DS proxy setups, Linn DS with Linn Kontrol preamplifer 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.

Control
Primary control is through Roon.
Transport (play / pause / stop) and Volume can be controlled using Kazoo or Ir handset.

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

• I am only getting Airplay quality audio from the Linn DS using Roon
The Linn DS/DSM products have to be declared as "Networked" devices in the Roon Core settings. (The "AIRPLAY" option for the Linn DS/DSM must be disabled within the Roon Core)

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AIRPLAY

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


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General products manuals and information

Controlling the product User Guide

Product setup:Konfig user manual

Space Optimisation (Advanced)

Safety Information

Warranty Terms and Conditions

Third Party Software Copyright

DAC Technology

DSD file playback on the Linn DS/DSM

From Davaar 60 Linn DS/DSM players with Katalyst DAC's will be able to 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.
Note: Selekt Standard and Katalyst DAC's both support DSD playback.
Some important points on DSD playback on the Linn DS/DSM:

  • If your Linn DS/DSM does not have Katalyst DACs it will never be able to play DSD audio files directly.
    • The exceptions to this rule are the
  • Linn Selekt DSM. DSD playback is possible on both the Level 1 & Level 2 DAC versions of the Selekt DSM.and
  • New Majik DSM (2020 variant)'

  • The DSD audio is ONLY available on the Linn DS/DSM analogue outputs.
The DSD audio stream is NOT present on:
  • 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 NOT supported.
These in the following formats:
  • DSF - Sony format that supports ID3 tags
  • DFF - old Philips mastering format (aka DSDIFF)

  • DSD is NOT supported on HDMI inputs


  • 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.


,

HDMI-2

Click <HERE> for more information on HDMI-2


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FAQ's

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FAQ's
All Product FAQ,
Majik DSM/4 DSM FAQ,
Wifi FAQ's,
Common FAQ's,
Issues,
Tech Specs...

Linn Majik DSM (2020 variant) FAQ's

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General operation

How to get my Alexa to Play on the Majik DSM
You need to setup the Majik DSM as Bluetooth speakers for the Majik DSM. Check Setup on how to configure this.
This will then allow you to select your Music to play back on the Majik DSM as well as the volume of the Music.
Can I plug my Exakt speakers or Linn Exaktbox into this Majik DSM
No, this 2020 variant of the Majik DSM has no Exakt capabilities


Can I plug my USB drive/stick into the USB socket to play Music
No, the USB socket is only to stream music from your PC/Mac.
Connect this USB socket into a Windows7,8,10 PC or MAC and be a Sound card for these computers.
• The DSM is a USB Audio Class 2 endpoint with supported sample rates from 44.1k to 192k.
• DSD audio will typically be transcoded to PCM before transporting down the USB cable to the Linn DSM


Can configure the Majik DSM to have a Moving Coil (MC) input?
No, the internal circuitry is only configurable for Moving Magnet (MM) and Line Level.
(The earlier Majik DSM's had the option of an upgrade board to allow this, But this is not possible as the circuitry is all on the main circuit board to give the best quality sound.)
Can I connect Electrostatic loudspeakers, such as Martin Logan, to the Majik DSM/4?

As the Majik DSM/4 uses Class-D power amplfiers then the Majik DSM/4 power amplifier is dependant on the inductive/capative load then the usual loading of Electrostatic loudspeakers may cause poor sounding instability.
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General Linn DS/DSM/HUB Wifi Wifi.png

The Wifi module used with the Linn DS/DSM/HUB supports IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac PSK/CCMP 1-CH

this supports both 2.4G & 5G communications.

Wifi History

2.4G

This was the first Wifi defined in 1997, 802.11b, generally used with 11, or 13 channels depending on your country. Each channel could each supply a data rate of 11MBit/s .
This data rate was then expanded to 54MBit/s in 2003, with the 802.11g. However, this still used 2.4G and instead of using 1channel to communicate it now uses 3-channels to communicate.This reduced your number of usable channels as other device communicating on a channel next door would now encroach into your channel(s).
This means that 2.4G band can have a lot of noise and interference. Coupled with fact that this same frequncy is used by DECT phones, Microwave ovens, Baby mointors, Taxi Radio, Bluetooth.... These can inject a lot if noise and interfere with Wifi streaming link to the Linn DS/DSM/HUB as it may force the LInn product off the Wifi network and it will have to retry the connection, this takes time and may cause your Linn product to keeping muting the Music

5G

A newer standard, 802.11n, allows usage of both 2.4G and 5G to give an even bigger data rate of up to 600Mbit/s.
As standards improve the 802.11ac that the Linn DSM/Series3 supports is a data rato of up to 1,300MBit/s.
5GHz is a much cleaner radio space with a lot less interence compare with 2.4G. The only negative is a slightly reduced range.
Some Wireless-Access-Points, WAPs and Router allow you to setup a seperate SSID, (Service Set IDintifier. this is name for a Wi-Fi network.)

Advise on use

We recommend that you configure your Wifi network to have seperate SSID for 2.4G and a different SSID for 5G wifi. Then configure the Linn DSM/Series-3 to only use the 5G network.
This will then allow the music stream to work on a cleaner transport/Wifi and stop any device from intefering with the Music that you are listening to.

There are Apps available to show you what is on your Wifi and your network

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Common FAQ's

Music formats

What audio formats do the DS players support?
DS products support
  • FLAC Up to 192k 24bit
  • WAV
  • AIFF
  • AIFC
  • MP3
  • AAC
  • WMA (lossy)
  • OGG VORBIS
  • OGG FLAC
  • ALAC upto 192K 24bit (If these ALAC files were generated by an early version of dBpowerAmp the Linn DS will not recognise these. Transcode these files to ALAC using the latest version of dBPowerAmp to fix this.)
  • DSD - limited to some products in a certain configuration. Check DSD Support for more informaiton


Linn recommends FLAC.
DRM protected files cannot be played on the DS products


Why does Linn recommend FLAC?
  1. FLAC is a free open format. It is non-proprietary, which means your music collection is safeguarded for the future, can be played through any open digital music player, and is not tied to a particular manufacturer or product. The specification is published for all to see. In contrast, SACD has failed to achieve significant success because it requires proprietary music content and disc players with proprietary hardware inside.
  2. FLAC allows even better than CD quality encoding and decoding. Linn Records provides studio master quality downloads in FLAC, at the same quality as SACD.
  3. FLAC supports metadata, or tags, so that useful information about a piece of music can be stored with the music; for example, album, artist, genre, cover art, sleeve notes, etc. User interfaces can make good use of these tags. Two examples of applications that support tag editing are: Mp3tag (Windows) and Tag (Mac)
  4. Because it is open and free, there are an extensive set of players, tools, transcoders (to convert between other formats and FLAC), tag editors, and other programs for FLAC.


Can the Linn DS/DSM play DSD music?
From Davaar 60 Linn DS/DSM players with Katalyst DAC's will be able to 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.
Note: Selekt Standard and Katalyst DAC's both support DSD playback.
Some important points on DSD playback on the Linn DS/DSM:

  • If your Linn DS/DSM does not have Katalyst DACs it will never be able to play DSD audio files directly.
    • The exceptions to this rule are the
  • Linn Selekt DSM. DSD playback is possible on both the Level 1 & Level 2 DAC versions of the Selekt DSM.and
  • New Majik DSM (2020 variant)'

  • The DSD audio is ONLY available on the Linn DS/DSM analogue outputs.
The DSD audio stream is NOT present on:
  • 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 NOT supported.
These in the following formats:
  • DSF - Sony format that supports ID3 tags
  • DFF - old Philips mastering format (aka DSDIFF)

  • DSD is NOT supported on HDMI inputs


  • 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.


Does the Linn DS/DSM players play BBC Radio via TuneIn?
Yes, the Linn DS/DSM/HUB will continue to use TuneIn to access and play the BBC radio stations.
From the 30th September 2019 BBC radio made changes to what can access their Radio stations via TuneIn. This is mainly for devices that can support using the BBC Sounds App. The Linn DS products do not support the Sounds App can will continue to have BBC Radio playback rights using Tunein.
Check the BBC Sounds >HELP< section for more information.


Does the Linn DS/DSM players play MQA?
No, check this link "MQA is bad for Music" for more information
Can the DS player play multi-channel files?
No, the Klimax DS, Akurate DS, Majik DS, Majik DSI, Sneaky Music DS, Sekrit DS, Sneaky DSM, Sekrit DSM and Sekrit DSi are stereo audio only.

Klimax DSM, Akurate DSM & Majik DSM can play multi-channel audio from their HDMI inputs if they are using Davaar55 or later software.


Upgrading software

How do I upload new software into the Linn DS/DSM
  1. First of all you need a PC or MAC and install the KONFIG app.
  2. After you have installed KONFIG go to the ADVANCED tab. If your Linn DS/DSM requires an update it will be listed here.
  3. If an update is available for that Linn DS/DSM then press the UPDATE' button

More detailed instructions are listed HERE



Physical Input/Outputs

How do I add Music to play on Linn DS
If your Music is on a CD then this must be RIPPED from the CD first.


This can be using a PC or MAC with CD-ROM drive or from a Network attached Storage device/NAS with inbuilt ripper.
If you are using a PC or MAC you can use software listed HERE
The "Ripped" Music can be held on the PC/MAC of on a Network attached Storage device/NAS. The NAS is the better option as this is a low power device that can be left on all of the time.
The PC/MAC/NAS requires UPnP Media Server software to share the Music for the Linn DS/DSM to play.


Will downloaded music play on the DS players?
Yes, so long as it is not protected by Digital Rights Managemant (DRM) restrictions and is in one of the supported formats, or transcoded to such a format.
Can I Airplay from my Android device?
Without ROOTING the android device there is no way to stream to the Linn DS (Airplay AOA Service).
All other apps take the media file and stream it via UPnP.
Streaming local files can be done use Skifta and “Double Twist Player”
Media Applications


After Updating to Davaar55 I can only get audio from my Exakt outputs and not the Analogue Out
Check Konfig > Device > "Dual Analogue/Exakt Stereo Output" has been enabled.
If you have declared your Exakt speakers as 'Front Left'/'Front Right' and the analogue outputs to be 'Front Left'/'Front Right' (Stereo). ensure that this option in Konfig is enabled. The audio in the Exakt outputs will be out of sync by approx 45mS compared to the analogue outputs.



Are the Digital outputs (Toslink/SPDIF) volume controlled?
No, the digital outputs are ALWAYS full line level outputs. They are not Volume controlled or Mute-able from the standard Linn DS/DSM controls.
The Digital outputs will always produce the front Left & Right of the audio source that is playing on the Analogue or Exakt outputs.


General Q's

Can I stop the kids from playing with the front panel buttons?
Yes on of the Majik & Akurate DS/DSM/HUB. If you go into Konfig > Display settings you can define "Front Panel buttons" to be OFF. This will stop the front panel buttons from doing anything. You can still control the Linn DS/DSM by IR handset and the Kazoo App.
(Just remember if you have disabled the front panel buttons and think that the Linn DS/DSM is broken!)


How do I achieve gapless playback for live albums?
To guarantee gapless playback, you will need to rip your music tracks into a lossless format (i.e. FLAC). You must also ensure that you are using ripping software that does not add gaps between tracks when ripping (i.e. DBPoweramp). Most ripping software will offer the option to turn this feature off.
Also make that that you have selected the PLAYLIST input and NOT the UPnPAV input

Linn PINS

What is a PIN, check HERE for more detailed information.

PIN FAQs:

  • We currently support pinning from Kazoo Server (V4.9.8 onwards) , Tidal, Qobuz, TuneIn, CalmRadio, DS radio presets, and Linn DSM external inputs
  • This is only applicable with Linn DS/DSM players with Davaar 64 or higher firmware
  • This currently does NOT support Pins to external pre-amplifier inputs, such as Akurate Kontrol, Kisto etc.
  • PINs use discrete IR codes and are not used with any other Linn Product control.
  • PINS for Radio stations are wrongly created with Kazoo V4.13.21, this has been fixed with next version 4.13.22. If you have created a Radio station PIN and it doesn't work, check you have a later version of Kazoo and re-assign this PIN to the correct radio station.



Linn Songcast

Songcast is the method of transport for streaming STEREO audio data between a Songcast sender, (Linn DS/DSM, Songcast App), and Songcast receivers, (other Linn DS/DSM players listening to that sender DS - multiroom operation.)
The Songcast stream contains the raw unprocessed music stream, the metadata information for the Music playing and timing information.
  • The raw music data is the same data as received by the sending Linn DS. This maintains the same music stream is processed by ALL Linn DS players, (sender and receivers).
    • As this Songcast music stream is untouched this leaves the receiving Linn DS/DSM to do its own volume control.
    • Volume, Space Optimisation and Exakt processing, if used, are all performed as a final process to minimise any digital processing.
  • The timing information is used to ensure that the Linn DS/DSM players are in sync with the music sender.


There is a ! on the front panel of my Linn DS/DSM

There is a speaker setup issue on the Linn DS/DSM Surround Sound Rules



The front panel of the DS is showing a flashing dot or lightening flash and I cannot see the Linn DS with Kazoo or Konfig

This is the Linn DS either in "startup" mode or in "Waiting for Software" mode.

"Startup": The flashing dot is the startup mode trying to connect to you ethernet network. This mode will typically occur when you first apply power to the Linn DS/DSM. This will typically take 30seconds and go into standard use mode.

"Waiting for Software": The lightening flash is the Linn DS/DSM waiting or getting a software update.

If you have any problems getting the Linn DS on an Ethernet network, (dot continuously flashing), try the following options:- Option1

  • Power off the EVERYTHING connected to the Ethernet system, (PC, Printers, DS, Routers/DHCP servers).
  • Leave everything powered off for at least 10seconds.
  • Switch everything back on.
  • Retry the system

You will find that some of the devices in the system get confused and cause system confusion. The power cycling will do a reset of the system and recover most issues.

Option2

  • Use fresh Ethernet cables, (replace existing cables).
  • If the Linn Ds is more than 3M (10ft) from the DHCP/Server. Move the Linn DS right beside the Router/DHCP server and patch using a short Ethernet cable (1M), the Linn DS to the DHCP server/Router
  • Retry the system

Option3

  • Build a totally separate system with only a DHCP/Server and Linn DS.
  • Retry the system

Some networks only have a limited number of DHCP address’s. if you have already connected some PC’s to this system, your Router/DHCP server can remember these devices, (even though no longer connected) and will not allocated these previously assigned IP addresses to newly connected products. So the case of unplugging one device to free up an IP address for the DS to use will NOT work with most Routers/DHCP servers if there are no free DHCP IP addresses available.

This will give a better idea as to what is causing the problem. (98% of the time, this is due to a local network issue).

If you always get the flashing dot then the lightening flash symbol then the Linn DS/DSM needs to be programmed. Check the Konfig Manual > Updates section or contact your Linn Retailer to get assistance.



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Troubleshooting

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Technical Specifications

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Majik DSM / 4
Overview
* Product Name:

Majik DSM

* Date of Introduction: August 2020

* Type: Network music player

with integrated pre/power amp

Dimensions

(H) 100 mm x (W) 350 mm x (D) 350 mm
(H) 3.95 inches x (W) 13.8 inches x (D) 13.8 inches

Weight 4.1 kg / 9 lb
Mains supply voltage (auto ranging)
100–120 V ac (±10%) 50–60 Hz
200–240 V ac (±10%) 50–60 Hz
Power consumption Sleep 15 W
Power continuous 500W
Ethernet 100Base-T RJ45
Supported file types FLAC, WAV, MP3, AAC, AIFF/AIFC, ALAC, OGG/VORBIS, WMA, DSD (DSF and DFF)
Audio sample rates 7.35 k, 8 k, 11.025 k, 12 k, 14.7 k, 16 k, 22.05 k, 24 k,29.4 k, 32 k, 44.1 k, 48 k, 88.2 k, 96 k, 176.4 k, 192 k
Word depths 16–24 bits
Control protocol Compatible with UPnP™ media servers, UPnP™ AV 1.0 control points
EXAKT Not supported on Majik DSM 2020 variant
inputs

1off Ethernet

1off Wifi

Supports IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac PSK/CCMP 1-CH

1off Bluetooth

Bluetooth v4.2
  • Audio is transferred using SBC encoding
  • This is not natively compatible with Googlecast.

1off HDMI ARC (Via HDMI Output)

4off HDMI 2.0
1off configurable input to either LINE or MM Phono,
Digitizing analog input stage with ADC Sample rate/resolution: 192kHz/24 bits
Line-in
max voltage 4.25Vrms
Input impedance - 50 kΩ
MM Phono
max voltage (1kHz): 67mV rms. (Gain +40dB),
Input impedance 47kΩ, 100pf
MC Phono
Not supported on Majik DSM 2020 variant
1off Toslink
Support sample rates 32kHz, 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz
1off SPDIF (This is disabled if this socket is configured as a Output)
Support sample rates 32kHz, 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz
Nominal input voltage 0.5 V peak
1off USB Audio Class 2
Support sample rates 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz
Sources LAN
Internet radio
Tidal
Qobuz
Calm Radio
Spotify Connect
NetAux
Roon
ANALOGUE AUDIO OUTPUTS
Shares common volume control
Line Output:
1off RCA:

Output Level: 2V rms @volume 80



Output Impedance: 300Ω



Dynamic Range      110dB
Power Amplifier Output:
Bridged Class-D amplifier with post-filter feedback
2prs of 4mm/Banana/binding post terminals.
      Max output power:




100W/channel into 4Ω load,


50W / channel into 8Ω load


Dynamic Range      106dB
Headphone Output:
1off 6.35mm (1/4in) TRS connector:

Max Output Level: 61mW rms into 16Ω



83mW rms into 32Ω


Output Impedance: 57Ω


Dynamic Range      115dB
DIGITAL OUTPUT SPDIF Output
1off SPDIF (Shared with SPDIF output. The connector has to be configured as either and Input or an Output. (Fixed volume Stereo digital output)
Support sample rates 32kHz, 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz


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