The Linn Kiko is the newest and smallest system from the Scottish Hi-Fi company with the Linn goes to new target groups. But also audiophile old school be can enjoy the small complex, as our test shows.

The silver sticker, sealed the large cube-shaped Kiko carton promises “Your Linn experience starts here”. A complete system, with player/amplifier, speakers, all cables and remote control of course comes out. The classic instruction manual is missing, instead, there is an illustrated, interactive installer, which leads customers through a few setup steps and shows him the many ways to play music from a wide variety of sources two clicks away on the company’s website.

Man might think the Scots wanted to poach in the Bose – and feels is confirmed if one has freed the central unit Kiko DSM from its shell: the shell-shaped indeed reminds lifestyle systems the American entertainment giant. That Kiko technically has nothing to do with his US brothers, becomes clear quickly but even at casual observer.

Philosophically, there are still points of contact: Linn goes to with the Kiko to a target group, which so far not in the range of Glasgow struck and would not to have to locate a plant . The Scots have understood that the desire to hear how spatially unlimited music, better, more intensive, technically does not automatically accompanied by the willingness, to make a full time hobby consuming time and sometimes nerves.

Welcome, New audiophile

The audiophiles of the old shotgun and grain is still looking for the perfect sound – which he is of course never reached according to the logic of all hobbies – individually optimize each element of his system, hear cable storage feet Exchange, and evening discuss beer with like-minded people about the next big thing the HiFi scene . Also about Linn, where he finds cutting-edge, elegant-sounding components, including the possibly best network player of this planet.

Gilad Tiefenbrun, Linn’s Managing Director, spiritual father of the DS player and son of the founder of multi-room, is this old audiophile rating free the new audiophile to the page. He shares the love of music and enthusiasm for good sound with his Old-school peers. He knows to appreciate a device that is created with great development and manufacturing that is assembled conditions, tested, packaged, and finally signed by nametag from a Malcolm, a Susan or a Sean under exemplary – and award-winning – like this. And it costs then hold a prize, all parties adequately participate in the.

The new audiophile but has other priorities. It looks like his HiFi and how much space it consumes is not matter to him, and he will also spend years not to find the combination of ideal for him – and that may equal several times because it wants access to his music not only in the classic “listening room” (usually the living room), but also in the kitchen or the bedroom. Finally, spatial and technical freedom of movement include the most important promises of the DS based network systems: everywhere in the House all music in maximum quality tangible to have, regardless of their technical form of distribution.

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Kiko is the first audiophile specifically on the new tailored product of the Scots – and a step in a whole new market. This does not mean, that it raises enthusiasm in the more traditional camp: “The first Wangmo which sounds not tiny,” cheered an industry veteran after the first listen in allusion to the truly modest size of the Player/amplifier as well as the boxes. Kiko speaker sounds actually surprisingly large, and the same for several reasons: first, his net volume is larger than expected, because the aluminium body is much thinner than acoustically similar neutral wood walls. Secondly, waive in favour of maximum Dynamics Linn a too deep bass vote and allows customization of a Danish supplier – below 70 Hertz quickly get out of the action the 10 woofer -.

Thirdly, the Kiko speaker is an active system: four amps in Kiko DSM are directly connected to each a chassis in the two-way Böxchen – perfect control without annoying, performance-eating and producing phase-rotations turnout components. A digital signal processor, which is part of the DS platform and gets to do only a bit more than the normal models of the Player handles the allocation of frequency ranges. This technical feature causes that the Kiko DSM in its current form only with the own speakers and vice versa the Kiko speaker may be never connected to a different amp.

It comes not on stupid ideas or in the building excitement confused bass and high frequency cables, Linn used four-pole Speakon connectors by Neutrik, which are not only completely idioten – but also extremely contact safe and virtually indestructible, makes them very popular in the PA and Studio area on Repeater boxes page. The supplied, developed specially for the Kiko cable, built from solid conductors for the tweeter and strong cross-cutting, multi strand copper for the bass, are already fitted with these connectors. The two meter range, the Linn retailer has the material in roll and can assemble any special lengths from it.

Linn Kiko: Connections

In addition to the Speakon® connectors, the connection box of the Kiko wearing a two analog inputs (the other sits as a mini jack on the front), two conventional and three HDMI digital inputs. The latter process only PCM signals, but like even more channel – the Kiko plays front and optional Center shares mixed to then and passes the rest unchanged through the HDMI Output . That pleases the new audiophile, because he needs only an appendix for HiFi and its Blu-ray. And the old audiophile rejoice, because DVD-audio and SACD, matching universal player as long as land as high-resolution PCM in the Linn.

Linn Kiko: hearing test

Not surprisingly, that the plant of also most significant Studio master files prepared sound no shame: Size-related of enormous Dynamics (with considerable maximum level) received even at anything less Basibreite far and precisely defined Bobx at the factory, who worked the room, sometimes but slightly Dim voices in the field of articulation , for in tone even more direct – the Linngenieurs have built here apparently no Super neutral Studio monitors, but the last ounce naturalness against one pound fast response , Grip exchanged rousing enthusiasm.

Whether the music then by Songcast directly by the computer or other DS player, iPad via airplay from iTunes or a /-phone / pod streams, arrive by SACD via HDMI, the Internet, or very serious rises the NAS Server in the basement – quickly the old Gets the impression that his junior colleague indeed Gets the whole new-fangled fun, for it but somehow – suffered enough and must then don’t even make the prophesied sound compromises audiophile. And buying even a Kiko – in one of six beautiful colors.

Conclusion

The Kiko system who compares with other complete systems, can leave the help argument of noble origin confidently. The smallest Linn chain is expensive, but she understands it even listeners who are no HiFi Freaks to inspire right off the bat. Who may need no sub-satellite systems or large standing speakers, should listen to strongly once the Scottish Minis.

 

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