Linn Majik DS-I D/A integrated amplifier Associated Equipment

Sidebar 2: Associated Equipment

Analog Sources: Garrard 301, Thorens TD 124 & TD 124 Mk.II turntables; EMT 997, Thomas Schick tonearms; Shindo SPU, EMT OFD 25 & OFD 65, Ortofon 90th Anniversary SPU & Classic A SPU cartridges.
Digital Sources: Ayre Acoustics QB-9, Wavelength Cosecant, HRT Music Streamer II & Music Streamer II+, Furutech GT40, Peachtree Audio iDecco (digital input to line output only) USB D/A converters; Stello U2 USB transceiver; Apple iMac G5 computer running Apple iTunes; Apple iPod Touch; Sony SCD-777ES SACD/CD player; QNAP TS-209II network-attached storage unit; Apple AirPort Extreme, Netgear RangeMax Wireless-N 150 routers.
Preamplification: Auditorium 23 Hommage T1, Silvercore SPU step-up transformers; Shindo Masseto & Vosne-Romanee preamplifiers.
Power Amplifiers: Shindo Corton-Charlemagne, Audio Note Jinro.
Loudspeakers: Audio Note AN-E/SPe HE, Quad ESL.
Cables: USB: Transparent Performance. Digital: Black Cat Veloce (75 ohm). Interconnect: Audio Note AN-vx, Shindo Silver. Speaker: Auditorium 23, DIY copper.
Accessories: Box Furniture Company D3S rack under source & amplification components; Keith Monks Record Cleaning Machine; OMA slate plinth under Thorens TD 124 Mk.II.—Art Dudley

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deckeda's picture

1) Linn says Ethernet sounds better but doesn't explain why.
2) AD concurs.
3) JA apparently theorizes about jitter and goes looking but doesn't find meaningful differences.
4) Linn says yes, it's lower jitter that makes RJ-45 et al better but JA's test equipment can't reveal it.
5) JA says actually, yes it can.


I didn't get a sense at all that the "stupidness" software issue has been overcome. And Linn---"open" software more often than not means everyone is free to design by committee, with predicable results. Don't tout that too strongly.

There are other facets not covered here, like why iTunes isn't a great ripper (it has a selectable error correction, giving the software more time for example) or why something that incorporates CD Paranoia while ripping wouldn't suffice.

This review is a good example of the perils of subjecting single components to scrutiny that demands investigation beyond the norm---so much more interaction occurs with computer-based music replay.