Foothill Ranch, CA (June 15, 2005) – Linn launched its latest high-end multi-channel
sound systems, the Artikulat and Komponent. Taken place at Linn’s Elite specialist
retailer in Southern California, the Genesis Audio Video, Linn’s PR Manager, Brian
Morris, treated journalists to presentations in one of hte five demonstration rooms
at Genesis, demonstrating the Linn system of:
– Artikulat loudspeakers
– Unidisk 1.1
– Kisto system controller
AKURATE Komri, Unidisk 1.1, Klimax Kontrol, Klimax 500
The semi-active Artikulat 350 and associated electronics provided a pleasant testimonial on the proper implementation in multi-channel sound reproduction, as well as in standard 2-channel.
During auditioning, the Eagles were given ample breathing room in Hotel California on DVD-A, with virtual holographic localization of instruments in spaces between the front and rear channels to the left and right. Then, Brian Morris popped in a German heavy-metal music, and thanks to the incredibly potent bottom-end as produced by the 500-watt, servo-controlled 345 subwoofer, I received the most incredible 5-minute back and lower- back message from the shaken couch in years.
I was later treated to Prokofiev’s Classical Symphony in 5.1 DVD-A, and I couldn’t say I was conscious of sound from the rear channel; but the soundstaging specificity and timbral suppleness were exceptional.
Philip Hobbs, Linn’s Head of Acoustic Design, explained to me that though a smaller version of Linn’s flagship Komri, the Artikulat represented an accomplishment of continuing research at Linn, on incorporating the core technology of Komri’s 4-K Array into a less sizeable home theater application, like the less expensive Akurate.
Hence, the new Artikulat range represents an ultimate expression of Linn’s loudspeaker technology using the 3-K Array.
Numerous industry accolades adorn Genesis AV’s shelves and desks, reminding visitors of the firm’s experiences and strengths.
Tom Norton and company of Ultimate AV
Jim Merod, Brian Morris
and Constantine Soo
Linn’s Head of
Acoustic Design Ben Goldman,
Journalists present at this event including Tom Norton of Ultimate AV, Jim
Merod of BluPort Sound, Gary Reber of Widescreen Review and
At lunch, catered food was served, and Constantine wondered to the back
of the store and found steeply discounted demo Linn units with full
warranty, such as a Linn Genki at $995 ($1,900), a LK140 amplifier at
$1,150 ($1,495), a 2250 amplifier at $1,995 ($3,295), among others.
LINN PRESS RELEASE
The Artikulat Loudspeaker System
ARTIKULAT is a gorgeous sounding new high-performance loudspeaker system from Linn which combines simply stunning performance with luxurious appearance. The ARTIKULAT system consists of four distinct, sonically and aesthetically matched loudspeakers which feature the latest proprietary Linn technologies including active servo bass, the 3-K Driver Array and the new Linn CHAKRA high-efficiency power amplification to deliver sumptuous, expressive and totally communicative playback.
The ARTIKULAT system contains three full-range models which are available in either active-bass or fully active guise. The ARTIKULAT 350A floor-standing loudspeaker, ARTIKULAT 320A compact loudspeaker and the ARTIKULAT 340A centre-channel loudspeaker are powered and fully active versions, whereas the ARTIKULAT 350, ARTIKULAT 320 and the ARTIKULAT 340 centre-channel loudspeaker variants all feature active bass but with passive cross-overs for the upper-bass, mid-range and high-frequency drive units. A dedicated active, servo-driven bass re-enforcement loudspeaker, the ARTIKULAT 345, completes the range.
All of the models in the ARTIKULAT loudspeaker system are built around exquisite complex pressure-formed natural laminate cabinets to form an exceptionally rigid construction. The result is a series of beautifully discreet designs with ultra-low resonance properties.
Conceived to maximise the benefits of the superb signal performance now available from new high-definition formats, these unique loudspeakers are designed for people looking for a totally authentic and involving playback experience. ARTIKULAT is a beautifully engineered and crafted loudspeaker system which simply and effortlessly sets new standards:
A fully active five-way floor-standing loudspeaker
featuring an enhanced Linn 3-K Driver Array, sandwich
cone upper bass driver, two multi-bias, long throw servo-
driven bass drive units and 1750 watts of integrated Linn
CHAKRA hum and buzz-free, efficient, cool-running
As ARTIKULAT 350A but featuring advanced passive
crossovers for upper-bass and 3-K Driver Array, and a total
of 1000 watts of integrated CHAKRA power amplification.
A fully active 4-way stand-mountable compact
loudspeaker featuring the enhanced 3-K Driver Array and
750 watts of integrated Linn CHAKRA amplification.
As ARTIKULAT 320A but featuring advanced passive
crossovers for the enhanced 3-K Driver Array and a total
of 500 watts of integrated CHAKRA power amplification.
A fully active 5-way centre-channel loudspeaker featuring
the 3-K Driver Array, sandwich-cone upper bass drive
unit, active servo-driven bass drive unit and 1250 watts of
integrated Linn CHAKRA amplification.
As ARTIKULAT 340A but featuring advanced passive
crossovers for the upper bass and 3-K Driver Array and a
total of 500 watts of integrated CHAKRA power
Servo-controlled 500 watt bass reinforcement sealed
loudspeaker enclosure, featuring 12” drive unit.
The unique 3-K Driver Array is a precision machined die-cast component housing an optimized and acoustically matched grouping of the mid-range, high-frequency and super high-frequency drive units. It is designed and manufactured to ensure an exceptionally wide horizontal and vertical dispersion, precise high-frequency response and single point source accuracy. The superbly balanced sound stage is wonderfully natural and open for perfectly stable stereo and seamless surround sound performance.
Linn servo-controlled bass technology extends Linn’s renowned pitch-accurate low frequency reproduction and ensures minimal distortion, by constantly measuring and comparing driver motion to the original audio signal and modifying amplifier power output to compensate for any non-linearity of the bass driver. The result is slide-rule low-frequency response and exceptional linearity.
Utilized on all models within the ARTIKULAT system is CHAKRA – Linn’s latest innovative ‘Silent Power’ amplification development. This revolutionary patent-pending crossover-distortion-free hybrid amplifier topology combines the speed and precision of integrated MOSFET technology with the smoothness and ruggedness of Bipolar technology perfectly at all listening levels, and the result is a seductive high-efficiency and unprecedented ultra-linear solution with the precision and power to ensure the listener will be held captive by the sound.
The ARTIKULAT 350, 320 and 340 can be alternated simply between active bass and fully externally active configurations, with a choice of advanced, precision-engineered active and passive crossovers. A rigid cast metal base with adjustable feet provides a solid and stable foundation for the floor-standing ARTIKULAT 350A/350 and with the addition of a column will also support the compact ARTIKULAT 320A/320 and, with two additional columns, the ARTIKULAT 340A/340 centre-channel loudspeakers.
For further Press information, please contact Brian Morris at Linn in the UK:
Tel: +44 (0)161 766 1021
Fax: +44 (0)161 280 5115
Prices (US dollars):
Standard Speaker finishes – Black Ash, Cherry, Maple and Rosenut:
Floor-standing loudspeaker for two- and multi-channel systems, fully integrated AKTIV: pair $39,000
Compact loudspeaker for two- and multi-channel systems, fully integrated AKTIV: pair $22,000
Centre-channel loudspeaker for multi-channel systems, fully integrated AKTIV: single $17,000
Servo-controlled bass extension loudspeaker for music and movie applications, AKTIV: single $7,000
ARTIKULAT 320 Stand High quality rigid stand for use with ARTIKULAT 320 loudspeakers: pair $1,025
ARTIKULAT 340 Stand High quality rigid stand for use with ARTIKULAT 340 loudspeaker: single $515
Special Speaker finishes –
Piano Lacquer Black, High-Gloss Maple, High-Gloss Cherry and High-Gloss Rosenut:
Floor-standing loudspeaker for two- and multi-channel systems, fully integrated AKTIV: pair $44,850
Compact loudspeaker for two- and multi-channel systems, fully integrated AKTIV: pair $25,300
Centre-channel loudspeaker for multi-channel systems, fully integrated AKTIV: single $19,550
Servo-controlled bass extension loudspeaker for music and movie applications, AKTIV: single $8,050
Press Release by LINN
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