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General Linn DS/DSM 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.)


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.
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)

  • 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 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 products a 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, 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.


Linn DS/DSI/DSM major changes

> Major changes

Linn DS/DSI/DSM major changes

Product/Change EXAKT KATALYST HDMI 1.4 HDMI 2.0 HDMI ARC
Kiko - - - -
Sneaky Music DS - - - - -
Sneaky DSM - - - -
Sekrit DS - - - - -
Sekrit DS-I - - - - -
Sekrit DSM - - - -
Majik DS-I - - - -
Majik DS /2 - - - -
Majik DSM /2 - /1 /3
Selekt DSM - -
Akurate DS /2 /3 - - -
Akurate DSM /1 /3 /2
Akurate Exakt DSM - /1
Akurate System Hub -
Klimax DS /2 /3 - - -
Klimax DSM /1 /2 /2
Klimax Exakt DSM - /1
Klimax System Hub -

Key:

 ; All versions
- ; Not implemented in any versions
/1; All versions from /1
/2; All versions from /2
/3; All versions from /3
/4; All versions from /4









Klimax DS/DSM

Inputs/Outputs

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

We advice that you only use the XLR (connector #8) output OR the RCA(connector #9) output. Never use both outputs as the RCA will degrade the XLR output audio.(When the output is set to RCA in Konfig this will ground part of the signal from the XLR-COLD connection.




Akurate DS/DSM

Inputs/Outputs

I have a Akurate DS/DSM and Akurate ExaktBox10 what can I upgrade to Katalyst?

If you are not using the Analogue outputs on Akurate DS/DSM then you only need the upgrade for the Exakt products (Akurate ExaktBox6/10, Akudorik, AkuBariks, Dorik stands).


Note: if you are using an Exakt system, updating the Akurate DS/DSM with Katalyst will make no difference to the audio quality from the ExaktBoxes or Exakt speakers.





Majik DS/DSM

Majik DS

External Pre-amplifier

The Majik DS, Akurate DS, Klimax DS, Sneaky Music DS and Sekrit DS can be connected to an external Linn Pre-Amplifier via RS232. This will allow control of the Linn Pre-Amplfier input selection and volume control via the control software. (Kinsky, Kazoo etc).
Check Systems for more information.


MAJIK DSM

Inputs/Outputs

I want to connect an external amplifier to Line outs to my AV processor..
The Majik DSM has a "PRE OUT"/"POW IN"' socket and a "LINE OUT":
  • The "LINE OUT" socket is live WITHOUT a volume control and can be used as a Source only to your AV Processor.

  • The "PRE OUT"/"POW IN" socket in its default setup, "Preout/Variable", (Konfig setup). You can also add your own Power Amplifier to these sockets. (if you have Exaktbox or Exakt speakers this socket is disabled and requires to be enabled with Konfig "DUAL Analogue/Exakt Stereo" - Enabled.




Linn Selekt

General operation

How do I find out if my Selekt module(s) have a KATALYST DAC?
Open the KONFIG app:
  1. Select you Linn Selekt DSM,
  2. Click in the "Speakers" tab
  3. Click on the IntegrateQuestion.jpg beside the "integrated" text.
This will show the board information with DAC type and the module type in that slot. As well as the software versions & compilers used within this module:
SelektModuleInfo.jpg
I have put two or three cartridges in my Selekt DSM and it doesn't work
The initial releases the Selekt DSM firmware are only designed to work with one cartridge in slot-1,(closest to the corner). If you add more cartridges (from another Selekt DSM..), or move the cartridge to a different slot then the Selekt will probably not work.

The solution is leave the Selekt DSM as it is until the firmware within the Selekt DSM is available to support these changes.


Music formats

Can the Selekt DSM play DSD music?
  • On initial release with Davaar firmware 65 DSD playback is unsupported. However later versions of Davaar firmware (Davaar 66 onwards, Nov 2018) do support DSD playback.
  • All four playback modules (Line-level/Power Amplifier, Katalyst/non-Katalyst) will support DSD playback with Davaar 66+ firmware
  • USB playback is limited to PCM due to PC/MAC operating system transport.


Inputs/Outputs

Can I have both a Line level and Power amplifier module in the Linn Selekt?
No, this is not a currently supported configuration.
Can I add a sub-woofer directly to the Power amplifier outputs on the Linn Selekt?
No,The Selekt power amplifier is a Class-D amplifier and the negative terminal on the power amplifier is NOT connected to earth.
On most sub-woofer ""High Level" inputs this is connected to earth and connecting their ground to Selekt negative power amplifier connection may cause damage to both products. Check with the sub-woofer manufacturer on how to connect their sub-woofers to Class-D amplifiers.
Can I fit another module and have a seperate volume control or a unity gain output?

No, all Selekt modules and Exakt speakers/Exaktbox within the one product share a common volume control.
That is, you CANNOT have different volume controls with ANY single Linn DS/DSM product.


If I play a turntable (MM or MC) why do I see "192kHz 24bit PCM" on display ?
All audio that is passed through the Selekt DSM is digitised to allow for Space Optimisation, Songcast to another Linn DS/DSM, Exakt transmission to speakers, etc. The 192kHz, 24bit is the sample rate and bit rate used to convert this into the digital domain.
Note: 192K/24bit is the highest quality audio that the Linn DS/DSM supports.
Can I plug a USB stick into the USB socket of the Selekt DSM
No, this is only as another streaming source input.
Connect this USB socket into a Windows7,8,10 PC or MAC and be a Sound card for these computers.
The Selekt DSM is a USB Audio Class 2 endpoint with supported sample rates from 44.1k to 192k.
How can I play my Computer Music on the Selekt DSM?
You can connect the Linn Selekt USB socket, (USB Type-B) to connect to your PC/MAC USB socket. You can then set your sound card to output to the Selekt DSM.
On the Selekt DSM, select the "USB" input. On the PC/MAC, click on the Volume icon on the notification bar and select Linn DSM. The audio from your PC/MAC is now directed to the Selekt DSM as a USB Audio Class 2 endpoint


You have two volume controls for this input: one on the PC/MAC and the other on the Linn Selekt DSM. We would advise leaving the PC/MAC volume at 100% and only adjusting the Selekt DSM volume. This will stop any surprises when you change the Selekt DSM to another input such as Radio and suddenly get an extremely loud radio station.
Is there a DIGITAL/SPDIF output?
There is currently no digital output on the Selekt DSM.
My Selekt power amplifier is not working?
If you have the Volume control disabled in Konfig or Manage systems, then this will disable the power amplifier on the Selekt DSM.


Selekt display questions

My Selekt DSM has a RED Linn symbol on the dial, what does this mean?
RED-LINN.jpg If you do not have a live network/LAN connection on the Selekt DSM the Linn symbol on the dial will go red.


If your network cable is plugged in and your network/LAN is alive then check that you have the network/LAN cable plugged into the LAN socket (#3 on the back panel diagram) and NOT the Exakt socket (#10 back panel diagram).


WHITE-LINN.jpg After a live network/LAN connection is made the LINN symbol on the dial will turn white after 5-10 seconds.



I get a flashing Linn icon on the volume dial, what does this mean?
Selekt-Fallback-50px.gif This means that the Selekt DSM is in FALLBACK mode.
Fallback is a state that means that the product is waiting for a software update. To stop this flashing either:
  • Power cycle (Switch Mains Off for 10seconds and then switch mains On) and leave the Selekt DSM to startup for approximately 1min.
or
  • Use the Konfig software to upload software in to the Linn Selekt DSM


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

The selection of an OLED display helps enable the beautiful appearance of Selekt, where the entire front panel appears as a single uninterrupted expanse. Use of OLED technology does impose some restrictions on use however. Displays will very gradually fade while activated. If any static content is left visible on screen, such as the volume value or source name, this can burn into the display, leaving a shadow of that content constantly visible. Carefully designing a user experience that limits the time that the display is active allows us to achieve a product that is beautiful on the day of purchase and remains beautiful whilst delivering an intuitive user experience over the long lifetime you'd expect from a Linn product.



What does the shimmering dial mean?
Dialpx150.gif


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





IP Network

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




Linn Sneaky Music DS/Sekrit DS

Inputs/Outputs

The power amplifier does not work when I disable the volume control

When you disable the volume control then the Music DS will be giving out full volume. This may/will damage speakers so this internal amplifier is disabled. The Line Level outputs will give a full Line level output with volume control disabled.




Linn Sneaky DSM/Sekrit DSM

HARDWARE

HDMI
The Sekrit DSM/Sneaky DSM are only available with HDMI 1.4 connections.
This product does NOT support ARC (Audio Return Channel)
Difference between Sneaky DSM & Sekrit DSM

Sekrit DSM has

  1. A chassis (case) that can be mounted in a 19” (RAKK-SNKMDS) with power switch & Fallback on the front of the case
  2. Indicator leds to give the operational/connection status of the Sekrit DSM
  3. Can be used with BASIK-3 or BASIK-3-IR RCU
  4. The option to screw an IR emitter over DSM IR receiver. This is intended for IR repeater control interface whilst the Sekrit DSM is hidden.
  5. Full range Power Amplifier with the (Configured in Konfig)
a. Single ended option of 4x33W. For driving two pairs of in-wall/in-ceiling speakers with common volume control.
b. Bridged mode of 2x50W. For driving one pair of speakers. (This requires wiring the Nuetrik plug for bridged mode)

Sneaky DSM has

  1. A chassis (case) for table top positioning with side power switch. Fallback button on rear connector panel
  2. Front panel power indicator that flashes when IR command is being received or in boot mode awaiting a DHCP address.
  3. Full range Power Amplifier with the (Configured in Konfig)
a. Single ended option of 2x33W. For driving one pair of speakers in single amp mode.
b. Single ended option of 4x33W. For driving one pair of speakers in Bi-AMP mode.




Linn Kiko

HDMI
The Kiko is only available with HDMI 1.4 connections.
This product does NOT support ARC (Audio Return Channel)


General operation

The Kiko is ONLY designed to work with supplied speakers. Do not try and change these speaker to another brand.
These speakers do not have a passive crossover, that is an onboard filter to separate the Bass drive unit audio from the treble drive unit audio from the incoming audio. With the Kiko this is performed digitally before feeding out to the speakers. Each speaker drive unit is fed independently from the Kiko to match the supplied speakers crossover points. These cannot be changed.