|Linn Introduces $10,000 Reference Stereo Preamp|
|Home Theater News Preamplifier News|
|Written by AVRev.com|
|Sunday, 01 September 2002|
The KLIMAX KONTROL ($9,895 USD) is a two-channel reference level, analog preamplifier, designed to deliver ultra-high performance sound. It is styled in a slim and elegant compact machined-from-solid clamshell case to match other Linn Klimax components.
The KLIMAX KONTROL is what Linn calls a pitch accurate preamplifier. It reportedly provides transparent presentation which complements the Linn two channel music mastering system series of Source, Control and Playback components. See AudioRevolution.com’s review of Linn’s CD12 and Twin amplifier.
The KLIMAX KONTROL features a machined-from-solid clamshell casework that mechanically and electrically screens and protects four Klimax circuit boards in their own individual “perfectly still” compartment. A Linn switch mode power supply provides Silent Power to the unique KLIMAX KONTROL audio circuit board and to the individual KLIMAX KONTROL display and control boards. The audio signal path is kept short, clean and pure.
The KLIMAX KONTROL is designed to be specifically quiet for precise music presentation. Commanding a very wide frequency response (2.3K-200kHz) minimal distortion and Silent Power operation, the KLIMAX KONTROL eliminates a malady known as “cross talk” between channels.
The KLIMAX KONTROL has user configurable source inputs - three line level stereo inputs, one balanced stereo input and one line level and one balanced stereo output. It is compatible with the Linn Knekt multi-room system and with RS232 network control systems. An optional KLIMAX KONTROL source expansion module will also be available.
A large and clear display shows the operational status of all source functions accessible via the six fascia buttons or via the remote control handset supplied. Twenty user tailorable options enable personalised operation and two hundred-step volume calibration enables precise system playback settings.