Linn Katalyst - Klimax DS and DSM Upgrade

Linn Katalyst - Klimax DS and DSM Upgrade

Klimax DS and DSM DAC Upgrade

"Experience a deeper insight into your music with the new Katalyst upgrade for Linn Klimax DS and Linn Klimax DSM" - Linn 2016

Linn's high-end network music players have set the benchmark in their field. Since becoming an authorised Linn stockist in 2012 we have held a number of their products in the highest regard, not only for their reliability, upgradability and features, but the way they make music sound - exactly as it was recorded. Now Linn have updated their flagship product, the Klimax DS and DSM with new DAC architecture - and it's called 'Katalyst'. 

The first thing that goes through my head when I hear a new bit of technology is 'that's great, but what about the people who just bought the last version?' - and Linn (as usual) answer this before it's even been asked. Another reason we are big fans of Linn products (the LP12 and DS range especially) is Linn does not leave you behind. As a modular platform they can be upgraded over the years as technology and engineering improves. So, if you have an existing Klimax DS or Klimax DSM it can be upgraded for the following costs:


Klimax DS Upgrade £3,850 - Katalyst upgrade for Klimax DS pre-Sept '16 

Klimax DSM Upgrade £4,200 - Katalyst upgrade for Klimax DSM pre-Sept '16 


Here are some of the technical benefits in upgrading to Katalyst, but for acoustic benefits we would suggest coming to hear it for yourself. I only spent a short time listening to the current DSM against the new Katalyst version, but I was really impressed, and I'm looking forward to further testing  - our demonstration unit arrives shortly. The new 4th generation Katalyst DAC offers more insight with the music, deeper sound staging and much faster bass. 


Master Clock Improvements

A single high precision clock with its own independent power supply ensures greater timing accuracy throughout.

Data Optimisation

Linn-designed data optimisation stage that prepares the digital signal for conversion with greater accuracy, minimising errors right at the start of the process.

Reference Level

Now completely isolated from noise to produce a high-stability Reference Level voltage that generates the signal’s amplitude without variation.


As alway the Hi-Fi Corner Team is able to demonstrate these improvements to you before you buy the upgrade, and if you were considering a Klimax DS or Klimax DSM before this now represents a really compelling reason to jump on that dream purchase. 


Klimax DS: £15,800 (inc. VAT)  with Katalyst

Klimax DSM: £18,900 (inc. VAT)  with Katalyst

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