Upgrading a Linn Classik

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Upgrading a Linn Classik

Post  Danny on Mon Feb 11, 2008 7:20 am

I bought recently my first piece of Linn equipment, the lovely old classik music. I notice quite a few of the LK power amps come up at reasonable prices on ebay from time to time. Is it worth adding one to this machine and would there be any worthwhile benefit.

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Post  Classsik on Tue Feb 12, 2008 12:55 am

Absolutely, its often in fact where most people head after buying a classik which of course houses a fine transport that you would have to spend a lot to better anyway. Add a power amp and you'll get a better grip on whatever speakers your running, the LK 140 would show huge benefits. Then its time to look at replacing the pre using the Classik as a transport only. When it comes to changing the CD though you then have a big choice to make with your source.Do you stick with the black box range or move to the newer range Smile

Incidently the Classik is rumoured to be being replaced sometime by a new model.. Pity as I have a soft spot for those diminutive black boxes, the new stuff looks less refined to me though obviously its the sound that matters.

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Post  Danny on Tue Feb 12, 2008 6:43 am

Thanks for that I may look into it. I know my dealer has some used ones for sale at the moment.

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Re: Upgrading a Linn Classik

Post  Lancashireboy on Wed Feb 13, 2008 2:47 am

It would be a good move on the upgrade route . However one immediate thing you could do with the Classik is get rid of the mains cable and use a better one, don't go mad even something like a hydra will do so you can connect that Sub up that I see in your picture. This will really make it even more musical at little cost, the Classik uses the old style power supply and likes a good source. Expect a sweeter treble and a more musical soundstage.

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Re: Upgrading a Linn Classik

Post  Danny on Mon Feb 18, 2008 7:13 am

Lancashireboy wrote:It would be a good move on the upgrade route . However one immediate thing you could do with the Classik is get rid of the mains cable and use a better one, don't go mad even something like a hydra will do so you can connect that Sub up that I see in your picture. This will really make it even more musical at little cost, the Classik uses the old style power supply and likes a good source. Expect a sweeter treble and a more musical soundstage.

Really, I always thought the view was that the Linn mains lead was the one to stick with.

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Re: Upgrading a Linn Classik

Post  Lancashireboy on Tue Feb 19, 2008 3:39 am

Danny wrote:
Really, I always thought the view was that the Linn mains lead was the one to stick with.

Somone with more knowledge may come along and give a reason, I don't think the Classik has the Linn switchmode power supply and may therefore be more influenced by the power chord. Then again I may be totally wrong but its worth trying. Just try before you buy. Some chords can give horrible results.

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Re: Upgrading a Linn Classik

Post  dlorde on Wed Feb 20, 2008 3:46 pm

I'd suggest testing yourself to see if power cables make a difference for you - try some suitable power cables from ordinary domestic equipment (e.g. other A/V kit, fan heaters, kettles, etc). If they make an audible difference (better or worse), think about trying specialist power cables, otherwise save your money for a different upgrade. If possible, get someone to switch the leads for you without letting you know which is which.

I tried this with a number of bog-standard cheap power leads, but never heard a difference. Having said that, all my Linn kit (with the exception of an LK100) uses Brilliant switch-mode power supplies.

Here is an interesting article: Kettle Leads - an Audiophile Study ;-)

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