Linn Kairn Remote preamp with MC/MM Phono stage. Excellent Preamp with convenience of Remote and performance of Linn and in particular the Linn Phono stage. Here is a list of features from the Linn Info sheet.
Achieving the best sound from a variety of sources depends on a flexible and well designed preamplifier to capture and control the different signals.
The Kairn is a preamplifier designed to improve the sound of any domestic hi-fi or A/V System. It is a step forward in sound quality of ‘Lingo’ proportions. It’s name, a Scottish word for a marker placed at the summit of a mountain reflects it’s performance - and not just with turntables. It is equally impressive with CD, Tuner, TV or any other source.
The Kairn develops innovative ideas introduced with the LK1 pre-amp, including solid state switching (which avoids noise introduced by mechanical control) microprocessor control and remote control operation.
With 7 source inputs the Kairn allows users to keep their options open for the future. The preamp is equipped to deal with distributed and multi-room systems, and the 3 line outputs avoid the need for special adapters with multi-amplifier systems. (A number of advanced user features are also incorporated which allow the owner to programme the Kairn to suit their personal preferences.)
The Kairn is designed to be operated principally by remote control and indeed the front panel controls are concealed by a door. The handset with dedicated buttons for all operations makes it extremely easy to use. The remote control receiver in the pre-amp is very sensitive so the handset can control the kairn from virtually anywhere in the room.
This handset also controls the Linn Kremlin tuner, and as it uses the RC5 standard it will also control most European CD players.
The Linn Kairn represents a new generation in preamplifiers. Its deceptively simple aesthetics belie the sound performance it achieves, and the flexibility it offers. The pre-amp makes it easy to get the sound you want and the handset makes it easier than ever to control.
Specifications from the info sheet:
Sensitivities for 0.7 V rms output at 1kHz maximum volume, output load 2 kilohms
Minimum load on line outputs 1 kilohms total.
Moving Magnet and Moving Coil Cartridges MM : Sensitivity - 2mV rms Load - 47 kilohms/ 68pF MC : Sensitivity - 130uV rms Load - 150 ohms/4.7nF
Tuner/CD/Aux/Tape Inputs Sensitivity - 188mV rms Load - 24 kilohms
Line outputs Minimum load 1 kilohms. Output impedance 100 ohms
Tape outputs Tape output = auxiliary input level (unity gain) 1 kilohms output impedance.
Minimum load 5 kilohms
Matrix Output For 188mV rms output at 1 kHz, 100ohms output impedance.
Minimum load 5 kilohms
Mains Suply / Fuse
100/T2A, 120V/T2A, 220V/T1A, 240V/T1A antisurge
Display off - 13 Watts Display on - 16 Watts maximum