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Linn Series 3:


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Product info

  • Product Name: Series 3 Loudspeaker
301 - All-In-One Wireless speaker & digital Music player
302 (partner) - Exakt speaker
  • Date of Introduction: October 2019
  • Type: Integrated digital music player, pre-amplifier and power amplifier
  • Versions: None
  • Features
Digital streaming via Bluetooth, Wi-Fi & Airplay
Connect TV via HDMI ARC
Exakt Technology (allowing other Exakt speakers and LP12 turntable with URIKA-II installation)
On-board Class-D Amplification
Connect a partner speaker via Exakt Link to create a stereo system

Setup

Linn Setup Guide:
How to set up the Linn Series 3 loudspeaker

Series 3 System Stereo Pair.png

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Initial Setup

If you have just received this Linn product then you will be eager to listen to the Music. This section will show you how to unpack it, wire it up, position it and get Music playing...

The Series-3 301 speaker can be used alone for Mono playback or with the Series-3 302 speaker wired, using a CAT-5 Exakt-Link cable, for Stereo playback.

The On-line setup guide can be found https://www.linn.co.uk/setup

Unpacking

Remove the Series-3 (301) from the packing and check you have all of the accessories.
Now place the product you want it to be.

REQUIRED CONNECTION
1. A mains power socket


Wiring

Series3-301 back panel

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View Series3-301 connection detail
Information of what each connector is and a basic specification of these connectors
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  1. ETHERNET - To connect to a network (100Base-T)- Not required if you are only using Bluetooth and/or Wifi connections
  2. EXAKT LINK - To connect to Exakt compatible devices (Exaktbox, Exakt Speakers, Urika II etc) - to Partner with a Series3-302
  3. HDMI ARC (HDMI) - To connect to a TV Audio Return Channel (ARC) connection
  4. FALLBACK - To put the device into Fallback mode (used when reprogramming)
  5. MAINS INPUT - To connect to the mains electricity supply.
  6. POWER SWITCH - Mains power switch



Series3-302 partner backpanel

Series3-302 backpanel-400px.png
View Series3-302 partner speaker connection detail
Information of what each connector is and a basic specification of these connectors
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  1. EXAKT-LINK - connection to Series3-301 speaker
  2. EXAKT LINK - To connect to Exakt compatible devices (Exaktbox, Exakt Speakers, Urika II etc) - connection to other Exakt-link applicable products
  3. SERVICE PORT For Linn service only
  4. FALLBACK - To put the device into Fallback mode (used when reprogramming)
  5. MAINS INPUT - To connect to the mains electricity supply.


HDMI-ARC audio only setup

HDMI-ARC only (using the Series 3 as a TV Sound bar)

This setup will allow:
  • The Series3-301 to receive Mono audio and volume control from the HDMI-ARC connection from the TV. (The Series3 volume buttons will also control the volume)
Series3-wiring-HDMi ARC only.png

HDMI-ARC only (using the Series 3 as a Stereo TV Sound bar)

This setup will allow:
  • The Series3-301 to receive Stereo audio and volume control from the HDMI-ARC connection from the TV. (The Series3 volume buttons will also control the volume)
Series3-wiring-HDMi ARC only Stereo.png

Configure for use with Series3-302 partner speaker

      Series3-Configure-125px.gif‎ Add/Remove a Partner speaker setup procedure:
1. Connect or remove the Series3-302 speaker as required:
     * Stereo mode:Connect the Series3-302 using an Exakt-link cable to the Series3-302
     * Single (mono) mode: Disconnect the Series3-302 Exakt-link from the Series3-302
2. Press and HOLD both buttons PIN-1.png & PIN-6.png on the Series3-301 until half of the Volume indicator lights illuminate
(More detail of the buttons and location can be found HERE
3. This process is complete when the Series3-301 volume indicators are all illuminated for a few seconds and return back to volume level display.

The On-line setup guide can be found https://www.linn.co.uk/setup

Note
if you disconnect the Exakt-link or do not have the Mains power going to the Series3-302 speaker and have the previously setup the Series3-301 for Stereo operation then you will only get one channel playback, (left channel only). The Series3-301 will assume that the other speaker still exists and has to be "'configured'" for Mono playback.




Bluetooth only setup

Bluetooth only

This setup will allow:
  • The Series3-301 as a Mono Bluetooth loudspeaker for your phone, Tablet, Alex Echo, Google Home....
Series3-wiring-1Sp bluetooth.png
      Bt-scan-125px.gif‎ Bluetooth Setup procedure:
1. On the Series3-301, press and HOLD buttons PIN-3.png & PIN-4.png, until the volume indicator display starts it scan display
(More detail of the buttons and location can be found HERE
2. On your Bluetooth device, setup this up for pairing and look for Linn Series 3.
3. This Bluetooth pairing process is complete when the Series3-301 volume indicators are all illuminated for a few seconds and return back to volume level display.

The On-line setup guide can be found https://www.linn.co.uk/setup


Bluetooth only with Stereo playback

This setup will allow:
  • The Series3-301 & Series3-302 as Stereo Bluetooth loudspeakers.
Series3-wiring-2Sp bluetooth.png

Configure for Bluetooth pairing

      Bt-scan-125px.gif‎ Bluetooth Setup procedure:
1. On the Series3-301, press and HOLD buttons PIN-3.png & PIN-4.png, until the volume indicator display starts it scan display
(More detail of the buttons and location can be found HERE
2. On your Bluetooth device, setup this up for pairing and look for Linn Series 3.
3. This Bluetooth pairing process is complete when the Series3-301 volume indicators are all illuminated for a few seconds and return back to volume level display.

The On-line setup guide can be found https://www.linn.co.uk/setup Configure for use with Series3-302 partner speaker

      Series3-Configure-125px.gif‎ Add/Remove a Partner speaker setup procedure:
1. Connect or remove the Series3-302 speaker as required:
     * Stereo mode:Connect the Series3-302 using an Exakt-link cable to the Series3-302
     * Single (mono) mode: Disconnect the Series3-302 Exakt-link from the Series3-302
2. Press and HOLD both buttons PIN-1.png & PIN-6.png on the Series3-301 until half of the Volume indicator lights illuminate
(More detail of the buttons and location can be found HERE
3. This process is complete when the Series3-301 volume indicators are all illuminated for a few seconds and return back to volume level display.

The On-line setup guide can be found https://www.linn.co.uk/setup

Note
if you disconnect the Exakt-link or do not have the Mains power going to the Series3-302 speaker and have the previously setup the Series3-301 for Stereo operation then you will only get one channel playback, (left channel only). The Series3-301 will assume that the other speaker still exists and has to be "'configured'" for Mono playback.




Wifi wiring & setup

Basic Wifi operation

This setup will allow:

  • Stream Music, using Wifi, to the Series3 speaker(s).
  • Optional Bluetooth loudspeaker operation is still available by initial setup of Bluetooth
Series3-wiring-Wifi.png
This is to setup the Wifi connection using the front panel buttons.
      Wifi-Scan-125px.gif WPS WIFI Setup procedure:
1. On your ISP Router, press the WPS button to start the connection process.
     * Check your Router manual on how start WPS pairing.
2. On the Series3-301 , press and HOLD buttons PIN-2.png & PIN-5.png until the volume indicators start moving to show a scan.
(More detail of the buttons and location can be found HERE
3. This process is complete when the Series3-301 volume indicators are all illuminated for a few seconds and return back to volume level display.

The On-line setup guide can be found https://www.linn.co.uk/setup In the Alternative Wifi Setup this will show you how to setup Wifi from your Web-Browser


Wifi operation with TV audio and streaming

This setup will allow:

  • Mono TV audio from the TV HDMI-ARC socket
  • Stream Music, using cable ethernet, to the Series3 speaker(s).
  • Optional Bluetooth loudspeaker operation is still available by initial setup of Bluetooth
Series3-wiring-1Sp Wifi ARC.png


This is to setup the Wifi connection using the front panel buttons.
      Wifi-Scan-125px.gif WPS WIFI Setup procedure:
1. On your ISP Router, press the WPS button to start the connection process.
     * Check your Router manual on how start WPS pairing.
2. On the Series3-301 , press and HOLD buttons PIN-2.png & PIN-5.png until the volume indicators start moving to show a scan.
(More detail of the buttons and location can be found HERE
3. This process is complete when the Series3-301 volume indicators are all illuminated for a few seconds and return back to volume level display.

The On-line setup guide can be found https://www.linn.co.uk/setup In the Alternative Wifi Setup this will show you how to setup Wifi from your Web-Browser


Wifi operation with Stereo TV audio and streaming

This setup will allow:

  • Stereo TV audio from the TV HDMI-ARC socket
  • Stereo streaming Music, using cable ethernet, to the Series3 speaker(s).
  • Optional Stereo Bluetooth loudspeaker operation is still available by initial setup of Bluetooth
Series3-wiring-2Sp ARC Wifi.png
This is to setup the Wifi connection using the front panel buttons.
      Wifi-Scan-125px.gif WPS WIFI Setup procedure:
1. On your ISP Router, press the WPS button to start the connection process.
     * Check your Router manual on how start WPS pairing.
2. On the Series3-301 , press and HOLD buttons PIN-2.png & PIN-5.png until the volume indicators start moving to show a scan.
(More detail of the buttons and location can be found HERE
3. This process is complete when the Series3-301 volume indicators are all illuminated for a few seconds and return back to volume level display.

The On-line setup guide can be found https://www.linn.co.uk/setup In the Alternative Wifi Setup this will show you how to setup Wifi from your Web-Browser
Configure for use with Series3-302 partner speaker

      Series3-Configure-125px.gif‎ Add/Remove a Partner speaker setup procedure:
1. Connect or remove the Series3-302 speaker as required:
     * Stereo mode:Connect the Series3-302 using an Exakt-link cable to the Series3-302
     * Single (mono) mode: Disconnect the Series3-302 Exakt-link from the Series3-302
2. Press and HOLD both buttons PIN-1.png & PIN-6.png on the Series3-301 until half of the Volume indicator lights illuminate
(More detail of the buttons and location can be found HERE
3. This process is complete when the Series3-301 volume indicators are all illuminated for a few seconds and return back to volume level display.

The On-line setup guide can be found https://www.linn.co.uk/setup



Cable network wiring & setup

Wired network operation

This setup will allow:

  • Stream Music, using cable ethernet, to the Series3 speaker(s).
  • Optional Bluetooth loudspeaker operation is still available by initial setup of Bluetooth
Series3-wiring-LAN.png
No top plate setup required

Wired network operation with TV audio and streaming

This setup will allow:

  • Mono TV audio from the TV HDMI-ARC socket
  • Stream Music, using cable ethernet, to the Series3 speaker(s).
  • Optional Bluetooth loudspeaker operation is still available by initial setup of Bluetooth
Series3-wiring-1Sp ARC.png
No top plate setup required




Wired network operation with Stereo TV audio and streaming

This setup will allow:

  • Stereo TV audio from the TV HDMI-ARC socket
  • Stereo streaming Music, using cable ethernet, to the Series3 speaker(s).
  • Optional Stereo Bluetooth loudspeaker operation is still available by initial setup of Bluetooth
Series3-wiring-2sp-LAN-ARC.png

Configure for use with Series3-302 partner speaker

      Series3-Configure-125px.gif‎ Add/Remove a Partner speaker setup procedure:
1. Connect or remove the Series3-302 speaker as required:
     * Stereo mode:Connect the Series3-302 using an Exakt-link cable to the Series3-302
     * Single (mono) mode: Disconnect the Series3-302 Exakt-link from the Series3-302
2. Press and HOLD both buttons PIN-1.png & PIN-6.png on the Series3-301 until half of the Volume indicator lights illuminate
(More detail of the buttons and location can be found HERE
3. This process is complete when the Series3-301 volume indicators are all illuminated for a few seconds and return back to volume level display.

The On-line setup guide can be found https://www.linn.co.uk/setup


Wired network operation with LP12, TV audio and streaming, all in Stereo

This setup will allow:

  • Stereo TV audio from the TV HDMI-ARC socket
  • Stereo streaming Music, using cable ethernet or Wifi, to the Series3 speaker(s)
  • Stereo Bluetooth loudspeaker operation is still available by initial setup of Bluetooth
Series3-wiring-Stereo-Full KIT LP12.png

Positioning

Review the advised Positioning guide to ensure safe and cool operation of the Series3 speakers

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 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



Setup and changes

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After you have wired up your Linn system this may require some electronic setup.
There are two ways to configure your Linn DS/DSM player/Speakers etc:

1. The first way is using a Windows 7/10 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. The second way is using a web-page 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 theManage Systems page.


Space Optimisation

SPACEOPTIMISATION Logo.jpg
for ALL Linn DS/DSM products
Linn Account Space Optimisation
Linn_Account_Space_Optimisation
Currently for STEREO systems only
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

FAQ's (click here to view more)


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 Selekt DSM

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]
  • Currently Linn Account Manage systems Space Optimisation is only available for stereo systems. If you have Exakt speakers or sub-woofers defined in your system then use the Konfig version of Space Optimisation.

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 Exakt systems.
If you have added a Sub-woofer or doing Surround Sound then you have to use Konfig just now.

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

The differences are explained HERE





Using the Series-3 loudspeaker

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Series3-301 Touch Interface

Top plate buttons.png
Buttons keys
Any Button - Wake Series3 301 from Standby/Sleep
  1. PIN-1.pngSelect the Favourite media/PIN# 11 or setup Self configure with button6Self Configure
  2. PIN-2.pngSelect the Favourite media/PIN# 21 or setup WiFi with button5WPS Wifi Setup
  3. PIN-3.pngSelect the Favourite media/PIN# 31 or setup Bluetooth with button4Bluetooth Setup
  4. PIN-4.pngSelect the Favourite media/PIN# 41 or setup Bluetooth with button3Bluetooth Setup
  5. PIN-5.pngSelect the Favourite media/PIN# 51 or setup WiFi with button2WPS Wifi Setup
  6. PIN-6.pngSelect the Favourite media/PIN# 61 or setup Self configure with button1Self Configure
  7. Volume DOWN2 - decrease volume
  8. Volume UP 2 - increase volume
  9. Multifunction button3: Pause/Play, Mute/Unmute, Standby


Notes
1. FAVOURITE/'PIN BUTTONS1 - Personalised media selection Pins 1-6
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PIN-1.pngPIN-2.pngPIN-3.pngPIN-4.pngPIN-5.pngPIN-6.png

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 button action2
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Quick press/Tap action
  • Increment or decrement the volume level by one step.
Press and HOLD
  • continuously Increment or decrement the volume level until button has the volume level has reached 0 or maximum level.
3. Multifunction button3 - Play/Pause, Mute/Umute, Standby
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Quick press/Tap action
  • Toggle between Pause/Play if you are playing a Music stream such as a Playlist, Tidal, Qobuz, Spotify
  • Toggle between Mute/UnMute if you are playing a Radio station, HDMI ARC input or Bluetooth connection
Press and HOLD
  • Go into Standby/Sleep mode
Self Configure -Configure for use with or without Series3-302 speaker
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      Series3-Configure-125px.gif‎ Add/Remove a Partner speaker setup procedure:
1. Connect or remove the Series3-302 speaker as required:
     * Stereo mode:Connect the Series3-302 using an Exakt-link cable to the Series3-302
     * Single (mono) mode: Disconnect the Series3-302 Exakt-link from the Series3-302
2. Press and HOLD both buttons PIN-1.png & PIN-6.png on the Series3-301 until half of the Volume indicator lights illuminate
(More detail of the buttons and location can be found HERE
3. This process is complete when the Series3-301 volume indicators are all illuminated for a few seconds and return back to volume level display.

The On-line setup guide can be found https://www.linn.co.uk/setup


WPS Wifi Setup -Initial setup for use with your Wifi using WPS
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This is to setup the Wifi connection using the front panel buttons.
      Wifi-Scan-125px.gif WPS WIFI Setup procedure:
1. On your ISP Router, press the WPS button to start the connection process.
     * Check your Router manual on how start WPS pairing.
2. On the Series3-301 , press and HOLD buttons PIN-2.png & PIN-5.png until the volume indicators start moving to show a scan.
(More detail of the buttons and location can be found HERE
3. This process is complete when the Series3-301 volume indicators are all illuminated for a few seconds and return back to volume level display.

The On-line setup guide can be found https://www.linn.co.uk/setup In the Alternative Wifi Setup this will show you how to setup Wifi from your Web-Browser

Bluetooth Setup -Initial setup to pair up your Bluetooth device, (iPhone, iPad, Alexa Echo, Android...), to the Series3-301
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      Bt-scan-125px.gif‎ Bluetooth Setup procedure:
1. On the Series3-301, press and HOLD buttons PIN-3.png & PIN-4.png, until the volume indicator display starts it scan display
(More detail of the buttons and location can be found HERE
2. On your Bluetooth device, setup this up for pairing and look for Linn Series 3.
3. This Bluetooth pairing process is complete when the Series3-301 volume indicators are all illuminated for a few seconds and return back to volume level display.

The On-line setup guide can be found https://www.linn.co.uk/setup

Series3 Touch Interface notifications

Top plate indicator.png
10. Volume indicator
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. Primarily the outer ring is the volume level indicator.
This also has other indications:
      Series3-startup-125px.gif ⊕ Initial startup/power on, the full volume ring will pulse slowly. This indicates that the Series3 is either
      ⁃ Starting up, this typically takes 20-40seconds, or
      ⁃ Doing a software update. This should take less than 10minutes (If this takes longer then double check that you have Ethernet cable plugged into the LAN socket and NOT the Exakt socket Exakt-Sender.png)



      Pin-Select-NoVol-125px.gif ⊕ Press any of the Favourite/PIN buttons, the volume indicator will illuminate beside this button to show that it has been selected



      Bt-scan-125px.gif Bluetooth scan in progress



      Wifi-Scan-125px.gif WiFi scan in progress
11. Linn icon
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Top-Plate notifications-Close-UnMute.png


Normal operation with the Series-3 playing music






Top-Plate notifications.png


Linn symbol has a lower brightness level the Series3 speakers are MUTED






Exakt-Wakeup-125.gif Linn symbol flashing shows that the Series3 searching for a partner Series3 speaker



Top-Plate notifications-NoNetwork.png

If you do not have a live Wifi/network/LAN connection on the Series-3 then the Linn symbol on the dial will go red.
If you are select the HDMI-ARC input or Bluetooth to the Series3 speaker this red light will go out

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 and NOT the Exakt socket.





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

Initial installation

Kazoo Playlist iPad.jpg

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

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

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


iPad/iPhone Kazoo


Android Kazoo

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Wifi

Supports 2.4G (b/g) & 5G (n) Standards

Configure Series3-301 for Wifi

This is to setup the Wifi connection using the front panel buttons.
      Wifi-Scan-125px.gif WPS WIFI Setup procedure:
1. On your ISP Router, press the WPS button to start the connection process.
     * Check your Router manual on how start WPS pairing.
2. On the Series3-301 , press and HOLD buttons PIN-2.png & PIN-5.png until the volume indicators start moving to show a scan.
(More detail of the buttons and location can be found HERE
3. This process is complete when the Series3-301 volume indicators are all illuminated for a few seconds and return back to volume level display.

The On-line setup guide can be found https://www.linn.co.uk/setup In the Alternative Wifi Setup this will show you how to setup Wifi from your Web-Browser

Bluetooth

This is a recent update and available on the Series3-301 product

Specification

Series 3 implements Bluetooth v4.2

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

Initial Bluetooth pairing

      Bt-scan-125px.gif‎ Bluetooth Setup procedure:
1. On the Series3-301, press and HOLD buttons PIN-3.png & PIN-4.png, until the volume indicator display starts it scan display
(More detail of the buttons and location can be found HERE
2. On your Bluetooth device, setup this up for pairing and look for Linn Series 3.
3. This Bluetooth pairing process is complete when the Series3-301 volume indicators are all illuminated for a few seconds and return back to volume level display.

The On-line setup guide can be found https://www.linn.co.uk/setup

Single or Stereo operation

The Series3-301 can be configured for Single playback. (This is when left and right hand channel audio is mixed together to give one speaker)
Or connect a Series3-302 partner speaker for Stereo playback. (One speaker for Left hand channel and one speaker for Right hand channel)
The Series3-302 partner speaker requires its own mains power cable and a CAT-5 Exakt-link cable to hook up to the Series3-301

Example:

Series3-wiring-2sp-LAN-ARC.png

Configure for use with Series3-302 partner speaker

      Series3-Configure-125px.gif‎ Add/Remove a Partner speaker setup procedure:
1. Connect or remove the Series3-302 speaker as required:
     * Stereo mode:Connect the Series3-302 using an Exakt-link cable to the Series3-302
     * Single (mono) mode: Disconnect the Series3-302 Exakt-link from the Series3-302
2. Press and HOLD both buttons PIN-1.png & PIN-6.png on the Series3-301 until half of the Volume indicator lights illuminate
(More detail of the buttons and location can be found HERE
3. This process is complete when the Series3-301 volume indicators are all illuminated for a few seconds and return back to volume level display.

The On-line setup guide can be found https://www.linn.co.uk/setup

Check Setup > Wiring for more example

HDMI ARC

HDMI Audio Return Channel is the audio returned from the same HDMI cable feeding A/V to the television.
This is only supported on the HDMI-2 board, on the Selekt DSM and on the Series 3.

This input can ONLY be used with a television. If any other HDMI source is connected to this input then no audio will occur. (The HDMI ARC communication is different to standard HDMI communications)
This HDMI ARC input is declared as a seperate input on the Linn DSM/HUB control. This can be set to automatically switch to this HDMI-ARC input when you have just switched on your television. More information on how to set this up are in the Konfig manual

General limitations with ARC are that it doesn't communicate with the playback device, in this case the Linn DSM, what Surround formats that it supports, if any. You need to check within the TV setup that the HDMI-ARC connection will only output in a format/codec that the Linn DSM will support. (2-ch/stereo PCM for a standard Linn DSM/HUB and 5.1ch Surround sound for one with a Linn Surrond module).

Exakt

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Exakt technology has enabled Linn to completely revolutionise the design and manufacture of music systems. Extending the lossless digital signal path further than ever before, Exakt eliminates sources of noise and distortion that exist in the traditional analogue hi-fi chain.

Exakt turns the loudspeaker into an intelligent, connected, software-upgradeable product. This enables a wide range of performance- and personalisation-enhancing capabilities, guaranteeing a performance that eliminates distortion, corrects for variation and is personalised for your home.

Exakt-links connects the Linn DS/DSM to the Exakt speaker/Tunbox via a single CAT5 cable. This single cable will transport 8 channels of audio and sync information to ensure that all channel playback is in perfect timing.

General products manuals and information

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Controlling the product User Guide

Product setup:Konfig user manual

Space Optimisation (Advanced)

Safety Information

Warranty Terms and Conditions

Third Party Software Copyright

FAQ's

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Series3

Can I use two Series3-301s for Stereo operation?

No, the Series3-301 is a Linn DSM within a loudspeaker. The Series3-302 is an Exakt loudspeaker.
The Exakt-link on a Series3-301 is designed to either get audio from an LP12 Urika-II and/or drive Exakt loudspeakers.


Can I use a Series3-301 with an LP12 turntable?

Yes, but this will only work with an Exakt-link. This requires the LP12 to be installed with a Urika-II and Radikal
Check [Series_3_Setup#Wired_network_operation_with_LP12.2C_TV_audio_and_streaming.2C_all_in_Stereo|HERE]] for more information.


ARC - Audio Return Channel information

ARC setting on your Television vary from manufacturer to manufacturer. So please double check your TV setup manual.

Common issues for the lack of ARC audio:

1. The standard Linn DSM can only playback stereo audio. If the TV is set to output Dolby Digital or other Surround format then the Linn DSM will not play this audio and stay silent.
> Make sure the audio output is set to "STEREO"'
> If you are using an built-in service to the TV, such as Netflix, Amazon Prime etc, that you control from the TV handset then try a standard aerial TV channel or an external Satellite receiver and find out if you get any audio back from these TV sources.

2. The TV audio setup may be conflicting with itself.
> If possible do an "AV RESET" or equivalent on your TV, then setup for Audio format - Stereo and CEC-enabled (CEC can go by different names AnyNet+, Veiralink, SimpLink, Sony Bravia Sync,RIHD, Kuro Link..... etc. Check what your TV call it)

3. You are connected to the wrong socket on your TV.
> Check the Linn DSM HDMI output is connected to the TV socket that states "ARC"

4. Sony TV's and SKY-Q: It has been reported that this configuration can cause lack of ARC audio. When it does work,sometimes there is a crack/bang noise from the speaker when the system is put to Sleep/Standby.
> The solution is to disable HDMI control on the SKY-Q box and power cycle all of the products. (This is primarily an issue between Sky-Q and Sony Tv's communications)


General Linn DS/DSM/HIB Wifi

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

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 Davaar60 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's 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 exception to this rule is the Linn Selekt DSM. DSD playback is possible on both the Level 1 & Level 2 DAC versions of the Selekt DSM.

  • 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



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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Technical Specifications

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Linn Series 3
Series 3 - 301 Series 3 partner - 302
Overview Wireless integrated Linn DSM player, On board amps, Exakt digital crossover On board amps, Exakt digital crossover
Dimensions (H) 296 mm x (W) 250 mm x (D) 206mm

(H) 11.65 inches x (W) 9.84 inches x (D) 8.1 inches

Weight 6.9 kg / 15.2 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 11W n/a
Power consumption 95W (max)
Supported file types FLAC, WAV, MP3, AAC, AIFF/AIFC, ALAC, OGG/VORBIS, WMA
Resolution 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
Control protocol Compatible with UPnP™ media servers, UPnP™ AV 1.0 control points n/a
inputs 1off Exakt-Link (Urika-II)
2off Exakt-Link
1off Ethernet (100Base-T)
1off Wifi
1off Bluetooth
1off HDMI-ARC
Sources LAN
     Internet radio
     Tidal
     Qobuz
     Calm Radio
     Spotify Connect
     NetAux


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

Exakt-link
Ethernet 100Base-T RJ45 n/a
Wifi IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac PSK/CCMP 1-CH n/a
Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.2 n/a
Max SPL 101dB
Cabinet finish Augmented infiniate baffle
Cabinet volume 6.5 litres
On-Board Amplifiers 2 * 100W class D
Speaker type 2-way

Tweeter : 19mm silk dome
Bass / Mid : 160 mm long throw

Crossover Exakt linear phase digital

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