|Linn Presents New CHAKRA Power Amp Range|
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|Written by AVRev.com|
|Wednesday, 16 March 2005|
Linn’s new CHAKRA Power Amplifier Range is a series of high performance power amplifiers built around Linn’s latest CHAKRA power amplifier topology. Comprising a total of eight individual models, suited for a variety of applications from stereo to multi-channel and from passive to AKTIV, the CHAKRA range is designed to offer consistent performance, controlled ‘silent power’ and pure sound in virtually any performance entertainment system.
CHAKRA is a simple but innovative design, perfected by Linn through precision engineering. It offers increased power, reliability and efficiency, while at the same time producing less heat, less distortion and using fewer components.
The CHAKRA topology was conceived after over five years of continuous development of Linn’s monolithic amplifier circuits. It is a new level in power amplifier technology by combining the merits of two amplifier designs, Monolithic and Bipolar. This approach in itself is not a new idea, but Linn’s execution of the monolithic to bi-polar transition is unique, and a patent application for the design has been submitted. When output current is less than a few amps, all of the power output comes from the monolithic, maximising the speed and linear properties of this design. At higher output currents the bi-polars provide the majority of the output current, leaving the monolithic to operate well within its capability and able to correct any error. Even under extreme overload conditions, like short circuit, the monolithic does not deliver more than a fraction of its safe output, while separate circuitry protects the bi-polars.
Throughout the new range, Linn’s Switch Mode Power Supply (SMPS) technology generates stable, low noise power rails for the audio circuitry, with higher mains noise isolation and efficiency than conventional power supplies.
All models are available with either Balanced XLR or RCA Phono input connectors and feature 4mm binding posts for loudspeaker connectors using 4mm banana plugs and 6mm or 8mm spades. In addition, models throughout the range are capable of housing AKTIV crossover cards for active configuration with Linn loudspeakers.
The new range of CHAKRA Power Amplifiers is scheduled for launch in Spring/Summer 2005 and will be available from Linn Elite Retailers, Specialist Retailers and Custom Specialists world-wide.