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JIMV
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Linn Majik DS-1

I have long thought that Art was the magazines best writer (putting aside his political inclinations). That said, this review was like reading glop. I read it three times and decided...

1. I have no idea what this thing is other than a quality DAC at a big price.
2. The setup instructions from Linn might as well be written in Croatian translated by a Burmese illiterate. Setup was hell.
3. The integrated amp functions were ho-hum at the best
4. The reviewer was walking on a knife edge. He had no real idea what to do with this thing, suspected it could be magic (pun intended) but could not figure it out enough to confirm it so...he praised it with great restraint.
5. JA was less than impressed with its measured performance. 'Fairly respectable' is what I expect from the better $500 gear, not a $4200 oddity.

If I was in the market for an expensive DAC this would not be on my list. I simply could not figure out what its role in the audio sky was supposed to be from this review and the setup seems akin to heart surgery, and just as messy.

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Plus....

Good points Jim.

I'm also puzzled by Stereophile's complete failure to inform their readers of the very significant differences which exist between the interfaces of all the various types of media servers currently on the market. For example how does controlling a UPnP device differ from controlling a non-UPnP device, such as the Logitech Squeezebox Touch? Or how does an all in one proprietary system such as the Sooloos music server differ from both a UPnP device and the Squeezebox Touch.

Stereophile appears to assume that readers are all familiar with these devices and the differences between the various types of device when not only aren't the majority of their familiar with often confusing and ever evolving "standards" but based on Art's half-baked review it seems that the many of Stereophile's writers have no little or no knowledge of these device and their differences. Very poor journalism to say the least.

With all that said, Stereophile's failure in this area means that computer magazines and web sites are now the "go to" place for many people when comes to things related to audio. For example see this link:

How to Buy the Right Headphones: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2324370,00.asp

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Interfaces

Half baked but not half hearted .

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UPnP

I have no idea what that is...or what effect it has or where it is used...

Analog is rife with obscure devices, odd setup, and bizarre language...this makes that look intelligible.

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Huh???????
JIMV wrote:

I have no idea what that is...or what effect it has or where it is used...

Analog is rife with obscure devices, odd setup, and bizarre language...this makes that look intelligible.

Exactly my point. If the reviewers have no idea what the heck UPnP means how the hell we the readers supposed to have even the slightest clue.

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