2009 Archives

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Purchase two records and get a third absolutely free when you order new music from Linn Records before midnight (GMT) on Monday 14th December.

This special offer applies to all downloads, SACDs, CDs, LPs and even boxed sets, so you can treat family and friends to an extra gift, or add to your own record collection this Christmas.

There’s also free worldwide shipping on all orders during this period.

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Leading specialist hi-fi magazines in Germany have been raving about Linn’s new Majik DS-I player and the world of Linn DS.

Stereo: ‘UNIFICATION…Majik DS-I combines what the Streaming Generation has always been waiting for, a top integrated amplifier and an outstandingly musical network player…No comparable product comes close…It has to be heard to be believed…Value for Money: Sensational. 5 Stars.’

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The only way to get the very best from your CD collection is to hear it through a Linn DS player.

Hear the difference for yourself and enjoy more music than you ever thought possible - bring along your CDs, or even your CD player, to one of our many events taking place at a Linn Specialist near you and experience your CD collection as never before.

Unlike a CD player, Linn DS gives you dynamic control of all your music and lets you access downloads of higher than CD quality music (Studio Master downloads - find out more and get free music).

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After 20 years designing and manufacturing world-class CD players, Linn will stop production of CD players at the end of 2009.

At Linn we have always been wholly committed to making systems that push the boundaries and deliver the highest possible audio performance. When we launched our first digital stream player, the flagship Klimax DS, we did so only once we had proven comprehensively that it outperformed the iconic Sondek CD12, our former reference digital source, in every way.

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Prepare for a dramatic new standard in digital music streaming from a one box player, available to audition now at your Linn Specialist.

Combining all our latest technologies in one elegantly engineered case, Majik DS-I is the latest addition to the Linn DS family.

Change the way you listen to music forever and experience breakthrough Linn DS performance while enjoying your CD collection like never before.

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There’s now under two weeks left of this year’s summer promotion, which has proved to be one of our most compelling offers to date.

Until 13th October, get a free Dynamik power supply - the most significant performance update we’ve ever made to a product - when you buy any new Klimax, Akurate or Majik product*.

Audition the difference Dynamik makes at your Linn Specialist today and find out more about this unmissable offer.

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Due to unprecedented demand for Dynamik upgrades, we have extended the Summer Promotion for an additional month.

Get a free Linn Dynamik upgrade when you buy any Klimax, Akurate or Majik product by Tuesday 13th October 2009*.

Find out why the Dynamik power supply makes such a difference to the music.

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On Saturday we welcomed over 100 lucky Linn owners to a very special ‘Access All Areas’ event celebrating the official opening of the new Visitor Centre at the Linn Factory.

Guests from all over the world enjoyed exclusive live performances from Linn artists Alyn Cosker and Maeve O’Boyle, as well as demonstrations of all the latest Linn systems. They were also able to get hands-on with our most dynamic Linn DS control solution to date, KinskyDesktop.

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Linn Records is beginning a downloads series (via Twitter) allowing you to test the difference between 24-bit Studio Master, 16-bit CD quality and humble streamed MP3 audio files.

These aren’t some engineered test-tones or short audio clips, but full free tracks from the latest Linn Records releases.

First up is some incredible jazz from drummer Alyn Cosker. Download and have a listen to CD Quality vs. Studio Master. You can hear the 128K MP3 version by previewing (rather than downloading) either of these tracks.

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The next generation of Linn DS software has arrived, making Linn DS easier to use than ever before.

Ask your retailer to upgrade your Linn DS system to Cara and enjoy improved sound quality and a host of new features.

Album Art and drag-and-drop playlist support makes browsing your entire music collection a simple pleasure with Linn KinskyDesktop.

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Our unique, purpose-built factory on the outskirts of Glasgow has always offered a special day for Linn owners who want to see first hand how we do things.

Help us celebrate the official launch of our brand new Visitor Area at the Linn Factory with very special live performances from Linn recording artists Maeve O’Boyle and Alyn Cosker.

Simply register your details to enter the prize draw to win a pair of tickets for this exclusive afternoon event on Saturday 5th September 2009.

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Get a free Linn Dynamik upgrade when you buy any Klimax, Akurate or Majik product between 1st August and 15th September 2009*.

The new Linn Dynamik power supply is the most significant and comprehensive product update we’ve ever implemented and is now powering many products across all Linn ranges.

To celebrate the launch of the new Linn Dynamik Power Supply, for a limited time, Linn owners can enjoy an unbeatable offer. Get a free Linn Dynamik upgrade for an existing product in your system when you buy any new Majik, Akurate or Klimax product.

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The new Linn Dynamik power supply is quite simply the most significant and comprehensive product update we’ve ever implemented. The arrival of Linn Dynamik makes investing in a Linn system even better value than ever before.

Linn Dynamik is now powering many products across all Linn ranges (look for Powered by Linn Dynamik on the base). This brand new design powers these products more effectively, reducing noise levels and optimising audio performance. So you hear even more of what matters - the music.

Linn owners can upgrade their existing products to enjoy this new Dynamik level of performance from your system.

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The new Majik 112 centre channel loudspeaker will be arriving in shops very soon. Majik 112 completes the Majik 5.1 system and allows you to enjoy your music and movies in exceptional Linn-quality surround sound.

Majik 112 might look like an ordinary centre channel but it features a highly innovative design that ensures all listeners in the room get the same exceptional performance.

Majik 112 acoustically and aesthetically matches the other Majik loudspeakers - the complete Majik loudspeaker system offers genuine specialist performance at unbeatable value for money.

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At Linn we all enjoy being part of a fairly intimate family-run business, where everyone knows everyone else.

We love getting to know our customers better either through retailer events or factory visits, and are delighted they often want to know more about us - the people behind the products!

With new Linn Blogs we hope you enjoy a more personal insight into the key people here.

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The hotly anticipated online Q&A session for Linn DS will take place on Thursday 23rd July 2009, 7pm BST (6pm GMT).

Quiz the key Linn engineers who developed the finest digital source in the world, through a live question and answer session.

Preview our brand new graphical user interface, KinskyDesktop, and find out more about the imminent release of the Linn DS Cara software.

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Linn’s world-renowned musical performance has just got even better and it’s coming soon to your Linn Specialist. The new Linn Dynamik Power Supply sets new benchmarks across the Linn range, redefining system performance and delivering even more value from your cherished hi-fi.

Linn Dynamik powers the product more effectively whilst optimising audio performance and reducing noise levels further to ensure you hear more of what matters most - the music.

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Throughout July we’re offering 50% off three new CD collections - an ideal opportunity to explore new artists and music for an unbeatable price, whatever your taste in music.

Choose from the Classical, Jazz or Complete collection, which features a mix of classical, folk and jazz titles, and experience the thrill of Linn performance from our award-winning, world-renowned artists, including Sir Charles Mackerras and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Claire Martin, Ian Shaw, Carol Kidd and George-Emmanuel Lazaridis.

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Following repeated requests from customers over the years, we have finally bowed to the power of nostalgia and released a very limited number of retro-styled LP12 turntables.

The retro LP12 turntable features a kiln-dried hardwood plinth exquisitely finished in Walnut and sporting the iconic grooves first spotted in 1972.

This retro LP12 can be fully spec’d with the all the latest LP12 SE upgrades, including Radikal, Urika and Keel, bringing a design classic fully up-to-date with the latest technological developments in analogue playback.

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Rising Linn Records star Maeve O’Boyle’s debut album ‘All My Sins’ is now available as a 24-bit Studio Master download from www.linnrecords.com.

Produced by Calum Malcolm (The Blue Nile), ‘All My Sins’ is a master class in melodic, folk-tinged pop featuring tracks co-written with, among others, Ricky Ross (Deacon Blue) and Francis Macdonald (Teenage Fanclub).

Featuring singles ‘Swimming Upstream’ and ‘Carnival Attraction’, ‘All My Sins’ is available in all good record stores from 22nd June 2009.

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Top German hi-fi magazines, Audio, Stereoplay and Stereo, are unanimous in naming the new LP12 SE with Radikal and Urika as the new reference standard for analogue record players.

Here’s what they had to say:

Audio: ‘…World-class sound from a record player that actually looks like a turntable, that sports legendary reliability and will be serviced in decades to come - the LP12 is all you can wish for, and don’t you pay more…Radically ingenious - it marks the very top of all turntables we have ever test…’

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Following our recent nomination, Linn are delighted to announce that we have won the Critics’ Award at the 2009 Classical BRIT Awards for ‘Mozart Symphonies 38 - 41’, recorded by Sir Charles Mackerras with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

The Critics’ Award, which was decided by a panel of distinguished media figures, was presented to Sir Charles by Classic FM’s David Mellor.

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Linn recently received fantastic coverage in the FT How to Spend it magazine, in an article about high quality downloads.

David Cheal writes, ‘And for audiophiles, many of whom have hitherto taken refuge in the warm glow of vinyl, there is now the prospect of music that is better than CD quality, but which, tantalisingly, has the breadth and depth and detail of a studio master tape. The superior download has arrived.’

‘Of course, this music must be heard on proper equipment to get the benefit of all this extra digital information…

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Linn were recognised in the WEKA (formerly Motorpresse) Awards Ceremony in Munich this year with Product of the Year Awards for Sneaky Music DS and Classik Movie.

Sneaky Music DS picked up the Most Innovative Product of the Year (Audio) and Classik Movie won 1st prize in the integrated cd/dvd player category (Stereoplay).

These awards were voted for by readers of German specialist magazines Audio, Stereoplay and Video/HomeVision, with over 40,000 votes received in total.

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Respected Specialist Audio publication, US-based Stereophile, is the latest audience to be stunned by the musical, room-filling sound of our Majik 109 bookshelf loudspeaker.

Robert J. Reina declared, ‘I found myself staring at the speakers, awestruck at their realism, which forced me to pay attention.’

‘I was thrilled with every minute I spent with the Linn Majik 109. It’s an attractive, affordable, well-made bookshelf speaker with a level of high-frequency reproduction that far exceeds everything near its price.’

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Enjoy a special live performance from Linn’s latest signing, singer Maeve O’Boyle, at the Apple store in Glasgow in May.

Maeve will perform a selection of songs from her highly-anticipated debut album “All My Sins”, due for release in June 2009, including the single “Swimming Upstream”.

If you can’t make this performance, don’t worry. Maeve is touring all round the UK and Ireland during May, June and July, so there will be lots more opportunities to hear this exciting new artist.

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Linn Records’ ‘Mozart Symphonies 38 - 41’ by the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Sir Charles Mackerras, has received two nominations from the prestigious Classical Brit Awards.

Sir Charles Mackerras has been nominated in the Male Artist of the Year category as well as for the Critics’ Award, along with the SCO, for this highly-acclaimed recording.

The results will be announced in a dazzling ceremony on Thursday the 14th May at the Royal Albert Hall and will be broadcast the following week on ITV1.

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Capitalise on the performance of your Majik 140 loudspeakers with a new solid aluminium upgrade stand - a simple and cost-effective way to get even more performance from your loudspeakers.

Over four times heavier than the standard option, the discreet black upgrade stand provides a solid foundation on which Majik 140 can really perform at its best. The added mass and rigidity ensures complete stability for more musical clarity and control.

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Linn Records’ ‘Mozart Symphonies 38 - 41’ by the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Sir Charles Mackerras has won the Orchestral Award and the Disc of the Year Award at the prestigious BBC Music Magazine Awards.

The Orchestral Award was decided by a public vote whilst the recording was selected Disc of the Year from the final 18 nominations by the BBC Music Magazine Jury.

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Senior Linn Engineers, Ian Wilson, David Williamson and Trevor Stacey, took time out recently to answer your Radikal and Urika questions first-hand at Linn’s first live online Q&A session.

They answered close to 100 of your questions which came thick and fast during the extended session (originally planned for an hour, but lasted almost two!), and read with interest your system details, ideas and survey responses.

If you weren’t around for the live session, you can watch the replay.

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Sit back, relax and experience the most exhilarating performance from an LP12 ever at a Linn Musical Event near you.

The ‘Out of this World - LP12 SE’ Event Series, featuring the new Radikal and Urika upgrades takes place between April and June 2009 at Linn Turntable Specialists worldwide.

Many will be attended by Senior Linn Engineers, giving you the chance to speak directly to the people working day-to-day on the longest-lived hi-fi product of all time.

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The famed LP12 SE upgrades continue with two astounding new additions for the Sondek LP12 - Radikal, a DC motor upgrade, and Urika, an internal phono stage.

Together these new products represent a completely new way of powering and amplifying the Sondek LP12, so you get even more value from your record collection by revealing a new level of performance that’s simply out of this world.

Radikal features a DC motor with incredible performance, extremely low levels of electromagnetic interference and a speed management system that provides a new level of rotational accuracy.

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