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Linn Klimax DSM network streaming preamplifier

Another way of looking at this is it takes what the already excellent Linn Klimax DSM did and tears up that product’s rules of musical engagement in a very positive way. The older Klimax DSM got out of the way of the music better than most, but the new model makes that performance sound intrusive, arch, and overly mechanical by comparison. It’s still a world-class streamer, but the new model pushes those boundaries way further than ever.

The Linn Klimax DSM is one of those ultra-rare products that resets what you thought possible from a component, in this case streaming. If you are already down the top-tier Linn rabbit hole then this is a ‘must include’ on your wish list. But even those with absolutely nothing from the Scottish brand should put this on their ‘must hear’ list, simply because it gives you an insight into what streaming is truly capable of. Let’s not mince words; this is the best streaming audio component I’ve ever reviewed.



  • Digital Inputs: Toslink: × 1, RCA S/PDIF: × 2 (1 configurable as an output), USB Type: B × 1, HDMI: × 4, HDMI ARC × 1 (via HDMI out), Ethernet: × 1 (1000BASE-T RJ45), Optical Ethernet: × 1 (SFP socket), Wi-Fi (802.11ac), Bluetooth (4.2)
  • Analogue inputs: RCA Phono: × 2 pairs, Balanced: XLR × 1 pair
    Digital Outputs: HDMI: × 1
  • Analogue Outputs: RCA Phono: x 1 pair, Balanced XLR: × 1 pair
  • Exakt Link: × 2
  • HDMI Specification: HDMI 2.0
    HDMI support: 4K res @60Hz 4:4:4; HDCP 2.2; HDR; eARC; CEC
  • Formats supported: FLAC, ALAC, WAV, DSD (64/128/256), MP3, WMA (except lossless), AIFF, AAC, OGG
  • Integrated Services supported: Tidal, Qobuz, Spotify Connect, Airplay, Roon, TuneIn, Calm Radio
  • Resolution: Up to 24-bit 384 kHz
  • Screen Type: 1600 × 480 TFT display
  • Dimensions (W×H×D): 35 × 13 × 35cm
  • Weight: 16.4 kg
  • Price: £30,000


Manufacturer: Linn Products Ltd


Tel: +44(0)141 307 7777

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