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Get in the Christmas mood with free Studio Master Downloads - the highest quality available anywhere.

Each week in December, we’ll be giving away a different collection of stunning, hand-picked Studio Master tracks from Linn Records’ diverse and talented roster of artists.

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Everyone has moments in their life when music makes the difference. It captures the moment perfectly, intensifies our emotions or changes the way we feel.

In these moments, music and memory become linked forever, and it becomes impossible to think of one without the other.

We’ve created an interactive Music Moments wall to collect these special moments together for everyone to see, listen and add their own.

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Over 250 music fans attending Camp Bestival in Dorset last weekend joined us at the Classic Album Sundays Played on Linn listening sessions where musical masterpieces were played in their full glory from start to finish on a fully-loaded Sondek LP12 Klimax system.

Housed in the spectacular 17th Century Lulworth Castle, the event provided an oasis for festival-goers. Attendees were able to kick off their wellies, lie back and enjoy 2 hours of pure audio pleasure. One delighted visitor commented that the session had been ‘the icing on the cake of a very entertaining Camp Bestival’

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Over a hundred music fans were treated to a memorable night of live Linn music at a special invite-only event hosted by Chelsea-based Klimax Specialist 1st Stop Audio Visual and supported by our very own Gilad Tiefenbrun.

Held at Royal Festival Hall in London, guests enjoyed a champagne reception and an intimate performance from Barb Jungr, described as ‘the foremost interpreter of Bob Dylan’s back catalogue’ (The Independent).

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Classic Album Sundays and Linn share both a passion for music and an appreciation of the difference that great music played at high quality can make to your life.

Chopped up, compressed and played back on portable devices which limit what you hear, music is often pushed into the background, a soundtrack to work or commuting rather than the social, life-changing experience it deserves to be.

Classic Album Sundays and Linn provide an antidote to this worrying trend.

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Following our Linn DS Forum Day, it was the turn of our LP12 forum members to experience the famous Linn hospitality and enjoy an exclusive concert with Linn artist Fiona Mackenzie.

The anticipation began building as soon as Linn Managing Director Gilad Tiefenbrun posted in our Sondek LP12 Forum, inviting turntable owners and vinyl aficionados to the famous Linn Factory in Scotland for a day (and night) of discussion, music and revelry.

Guests began the day with an in-depth tour of all areas of the Richard Rogers-designed Linn Factory, with particular attention on the design and manufacture of the longest-lived hi-fi product still in production anywhere in the world.

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Following our recent Label of the Year success, Linn combined with our Russian partner Linn Prestige to debut Claire Martin in Russia for an intimate, two-day event held in the exquisite surroundings of St Petersburg.

Attended by an invitation-only audience, Claire Martin and her band performed a warm, witty and often soulful set at the Hotel St Petersburg, which included an onstage interview, with Claire giving a behind-the-scenes insight into the artistic decisions and people that have influenced her music and career.

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The champagne was flowing at London’s Dorchester Hotel today as Head of Linn Records, Caroline Dooley, accepted a prestigious music industry award for the label.

Leading classical music magazine Gramophone named Linn ‘Record Label of the Year’, an award previously won by giants of the industry such as Virgin Records and Deutsche Grammophon.

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‘After visiting the factory… it becomes immediately obvious just why Linn’s products are so far ahead of their competitors’, Briain, Linn DS Forum member

As a reward to our most dedicated Linn Forum members, whose daily insights on the Forum are an invaluable support to Linn owners worldwide, we revealed the innermost workings of our factory in Scotland, for one special day in August.

This inaugural event brought some of the 6,500 registered members of our online community, all Linn DS owners, together face-to-face for the first time.

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Linn recently hosted an intimate evening in conversation with renowned music producer William Orbit. The event was so well received that we’ve created a special podcast which will debut on Linn Radio on Thursday 17th June at 7pm (BST) / 8pm (CET) / 2pm (EST).

Enjoy William and Gilad’s discussion about the different music formats available today and how their varying quality can dramatically change the way we listen to, and enjoy, music.

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Linn hosted an intimate evening with acclaimed music producer William Orbit in London this week. The event offered 70 guests a fascinating introduction to the world of Studio Master, the highest quality music download available, and gave an insight into the career of the illustrious genius.

In a discussion led by Linn Managing Director Gilad Tiefenbrun, William Orbit demonstrated exactly how the mp3 format can be very tiring to listen to as lines of music blend together but when listening to the Studio Master, bass lines become clear, rhythms stand out and individual notes have a shape to them. William advocated that whilst mp3 is convenient, higher quality files more closely resemble a live performance making listening a much more joyous experience.

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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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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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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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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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