This is our store demo Linn Klimax DS/1, which we are
letting go for an exceptionally good price. The KDS is Linn’s top Digital Streamer and considered likely
the best in the world in the latest version. This unit does not have the latest award winning Linn
Katalyst DAC technology but it can be upgraded to it through any Linn dealer,
including our store, for $5720 plus shipping, which includes a renewal of the
5-year parts and labor warranty. The
latest version of the Klimax DS with Katalyst runs $23,380 so this unit with an
upgrade would result in identical performance and appearance at a substantial
savings. As with all Linn Klimax
pieces it features their stylish, classic, machined from solid aluminum billet
casework – incredibly strong and very attractive. This one is in the less common satin anodized black finish,
which is just stunning – one of the highest quality finishes in the industry.
The Linn Klimax DS/1 is a source device that normally gets
plugged into a high-quality preamplifier just as a CD player would. As such the connections are simple with
just an Ethernet input (RJ45) and one set each of analog RCA and true balanced XLR
outputs. Internally it has an
excellent network receiver section capable of accepting up to 24 bit 192 kHz
natively in a variety of formats.
The KDS supports ALAC, AIFF, AAC, WAV, FLAC, MP3 and Ogg Vorbis formats
in any resolution they handle and upsamples to 32/384. (The Katalyst upgrade would also allow
the cleanest DSD decoding without conversion to PCM.) The streaming system handles up to 24 Bit 192 kHz through
the Ehternet port via UPnP while also supporting Tidal, Qobuz and Spotify
streaming services and Internet radio.
Roon control AirPlay capability are also supported. In addition there is a high-quality
digital volume control that can be switched on for use without a preamplifier
where the KDS/1 is the only source, although a high quality analog preamp will
still give the most musical performance.
Musically the Klimax DS/1 is simply outstanding using the
highest quality DACs Linn could find but using them only as DACs. All other parts of the digital
handling, all important to the musical quality, such as upsampling, digital
filtering, dithering, etc. are handled by custom Linn firmware through a custom
FPGA and clocking uses the most precise clock chip. This also allows Linn to upgrade performance and capability
over time through downloadable upgrades, which are all free. Also free are control software programs
that run on MacOs, Windows, IOS and Android devices and server software for
Macs and Windows machines. Of
course, the analog circuitry is of supreme quality adhering to Linn’s high
standards for engaging musical reproduction. Indeed the Klimax DS units give you the clarity and freedom
from noise of the best digital audio files with musical quality close to the
best analog has to offer, and that is no simple task.
This unit is our store demo and is in excellent
condition. There are a couple slight
rub marks (not scratches – none go through the paint) along the upper front
edge only visible when the light is just right and a couple elsewhere, normally all
difficult to notice. The only
other marks are again rub marks above the connection panel from plugging in and
unplugging connectors and some light polish marks on the display. Klimax DS/1 will
ship in the original box and packing and comes with all the original
accessories. It still has 2
years left of the original manufacturer parts/labor warranty. Please contact us with any questions.
We are Overture Audio, a high quality retail
audio and home theater store established in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1989.
We sometimes offer used components and equipment we have taken in on trade for
sale on Audiogon or eBay. In addition to our perfect feedback ratings,
you have the reassurance that we are a real brick and mortar store, and you can
get in touch with us Tuesday through Saturday during normal store hours at
The equipment listed is also for sale in our
retail store – items may be sold in-store, so the listing may be cancelled at
Unless otherwise noted, we ship our equipment to
the lower 48 only, via UPS ground service. If you’d like to use a faster
form of UPS, just let us know – it’s your equipment and money! Everything
we offer for sale through Audiogon and eBay is guaranteed to arrive in proper
working condition, but none of the equipment includes any kind of warranty, and
all sales are final. If you have any questions about a component, or what
is included with it, please ask. If the ad doesn’t mention a remote or
manual being included, it probably isn’t! Most of the equipment we sell
on Audiogon and eBay is used – we take a lot of effort to give you accurate
descriptions and provide good photos. Although most of our trades have
been well cared for, they probably didn’t spend their lives in a vacuum.
If you are likely to get bent out of shape by a smudge here or a nick there,
please call or email us so we can give you detailed information before you buy.
We accept credit card payments over the phone, or
you are welcome to send a money order or cashiers check to us at:
2460 W. Stadium Blvd.
Ann Arbor, MI
You will be subject to 6% Michigan sales tax if
you pick up your item here at our store, or if we ship it to a Michigan
If any of the above information seems unclear or
unreasonable, please contact us for clarification before you bid or buy.
Keith Moorman, Owner