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Linn's ARTIKULAT Loudspeaker System Unveiled Print E-mail
Monday, 09 February 2004
Shown for the first time at CES in Las Vegas this year, ARTIKULAT is a new loudspeaker system from Linn which combines performance with 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 expressive communicative playback. The ARTIKULAT system contains three full-range models which are available in either active-bass or fully active guise. The 350A floor-standing loudspeaker, ARTIKULAT 320A compact loudspeaker and the ARTIKULAT 340A center-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 complex pressure-formed natural laminate cabinets to form a rigid construction. The result is a series of discreet designs with ultra-low resonance properties.

Conceived to maximise the benefits of the signal performance now available from new high-definition formats, such as DVD Audio and SACD, these loudspeakers are designed for people looking for an authentic and involving playback experience.

The 3-K Driver Array, featured in all of the components in the ARTIKULAT line, is a 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 a wide horizontal and vertical dispersion, high-frequency response and single point source accuracy. The balanced sound stage is natural and open for stable stereo and surround sound performance.

Linn servo-controlled bass technology extends Linn’s renowned 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 excellent low-frequency response and exceptional linearity.

Utilised on all models within the ARTIKULAT system is CHAKRA – Linn’s latest innovative ‘Silent Power’ amplification development. This 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 an efficient and 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.

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