Cast your minds back to days of yore and remember when HiFi was an investment which could, should funds ever allow, be readily improved with the latest upgrade to bring you ever closer to the elusive 'artist in your room' experience.
The modern push towards all-in-one style products which are, by and large, "buy once and you're sorted" are very convenient but seem, with few exceptions, have lost sight of this long term goal.
Back in 1973 the HiFi world was taken by storm with the introduction of the Linn Sondek LP12, a turntable which clearly outperformed the competition. Part of the beauty of this iconic turntable turned out to be its modular design. As technology has advanced so has the Sondek, but more importantly, so has your ability to upgrade your old Sondek to the latest specification.
This brings us onto the launch of the Linn Selekt DSM: This in many ways brings the modular beauty of the Sondek LP12 to the modern digital world. The Selekt sounds great out of the box but as time advances and your musical needs change you'll easily be able to upgrade it to incorporate the latest technology, future proofing your investment for years to come. Your dealer can add additional upgrades, known as a 'Kartridges', to your Selekt at a future date to add further functions and abilities.
The Linn Selekt comes in four variants. You can purchase a source only Selekt should you wish to use your existing amplifiers, or you can buy the Selekt with integrated amplifiers should you wish to have a simple one box solution. In addition both variants can be upgraded with Katalyst, the latest DAC architecture from Linn, which significantly improves the digital sound even further.
The Linn Selekt with will happily partner up with any passive speakers, whether they are from Linn or another manufacturer, and also boasts a large array of inputs including both moving magnet and moving coil phono stages. The Linn Selekt also introduces two new features: 'Pins' and a clever new volume dial. Pins in the form of six sleek buttons on the front edge of Selekt are uniquely configurable to you; pin a favourite radio station, album, song for ready access later. The volume dial not only adjusts the volume but also functions as an input selector whenever tilted forwards so you can easily swap between inputs without having to use the app.
The Selekt DSM comes in four variants and are priced as follows:
- Selekt DSM £4000
- Selekt DSM with Katalyst £5500
- Selekt DSM with Integrated Amplifiers £5250
- Selekt DSM with Integrated Amplifiers and Katalyst £6750
Upgrades are retrofittable, so for instance you can upgrade to Katalyst at a later date should you require.