I'm a bit baffled that the review of the Linn didn't at least make a passing comparison to the (far cheaper, but apparently extremely capable) Transporter? I'm not sure if the the Transporter handles the hi-rez files that the DS does, but still - surely it's the obvious choice for a comparison?
I also don't understand the opening comment 'Even the most savvy Stereophile reader might wonder what a "network music player is"'. Presumably, almost every Stereophile reader has heard of (or owns!) a Transporter?
Likewise John's final "Wow!" in commenting a measured performance that in quite a few respects seems to be less than that of the Transporter, which received a good, but not quite so effusive, summary.