This was Linn's second best Cinema Processor, just under the Kisto.
It had a MSRP for over $7,000 when new. Some on the Linn user boards say that it is sonically superior to the Akurate Kontrol as a preamp. It also has a world-class DAC and an excellent headphone output. I used a pair of HD650 headphone with the Kisto with fantastic results.
I was using the Kinos as a 2 channel set up in my bedroom, both as a DAC and as a preamp.
Previously I was using a Linn Kairn/Kout combo and I found that the Kinos was a big upgrade. At the time I was looking for the Linn sound for 2 channel stereo and I didn't want to sacrifice any quality for a 5.1 or 7.1 channel set up.
This is a non hdmi unit, so you will have to run rca s/pdif or optical to the Kinos's digital inputs. The sound codecs are excellent. One can also take advantage of the 5.1 or 7.1 pre-amp inputs and run an Oppo for SACD playback.
Typically Linn, some of the buttons on the Kinos can be problematic.I have always used the Linn remote and a Harmony Remote to control the Kinos. No issues at all.
There are some scratches on the top of the unit and on the back of the remote. The front is clean.
The sale includes a linn remote and a generic power cord. I no longer have the original box and will certainly package it securely for shipping. Please see my past reviews and buy with confidence. The flat shipping rate applies to the lower 48 states. Please ask me for the exact shipping quote to Hawaii and Alaska.
Here is the official Specs:
Derived from Linn's flagship Kisto System Controller, the Linn Kinos gives outstanding audio performance from stereo or surround-sound music, making the most of your CD collection and bringing you the benefit of improved sound quality from high-resolution formats such as Super Audio CD or DVD-Audio.
With the Linn Kinos System Controller at the heart of your home entertainment system, controlling your system is simple. Partner Kinos with Linn's latest Kinik control interface and you can operate your system wirelessly from your Pocket PC. The simplicity of this rich graphical touchscreen interface helps you to access and control your audio and video sources from the comfort of your armchair.
Supporting stereo, 5.1 and 7.1 processing, Kinos is also the perfect solution for the finest home-theatre systems. It precisely decodes and processes a comprehensive range of surround-sound formats
• Dolby Digital 5.1,
•Dolby Digital EX,
•Dolby Pro Logic II,
•DTS ES Matrix and Discrete and DTS Neo:6.