Linn DS players now come with ‘Space Optimisation’


By Lam Seng Fatt


Most audiophiles should know by now that the room affects sound quality more than anything else. That is why the rich audiophiles build special music ‘man caves’ with acoustic treatment for optimum sound quality.


However, the majority of audiophiles cannot afford or do not have space for such music rooms and listen to their favourite tracks in their living room, which is not exactly the best place for playing music with sofas and cupboards and TV sets affecting the room’s sound reflections and resonances.


That is why Linn has introduced its music-tuning technology called Space Optimisation which is included in Linn’s new batch of DS network music players. Those who own older versions of the DS network music players can go for a free software upgrade.


According to Linn’s website, “Space Optimisation uses sophisticated acoustic modelling to build up a complete picture of how your speakers, their placement, and the unique characteristics of your room interact to affect the sound you hear. It then precisely identifies frequencies that are artificially distorted by your environment, and reduces their energy, to reveal the music that would otherwise be hidden.


“Whatever speakers you use, and however you’ve designed your room, you’ll hear a performance that’s optimised uniquely for you.”


Linn’s website adds that every room has its own particular sound.


“The interactions between your speakers and the boundaries of your room can dramatically distort the sound that you hear. For example, placing a speaker near to a wall will add energy to particular low frequencies, masking other areas of the music.


“Until now, there has been a choice: place your speakers in the ideal location for sound, or choose a more practical location that compromises sound quality.


“Space Optimisation is able to recreate the sound of the ideal location, from your preferred, practical location to give you the best of both worlds. Now you can place your speakers exactly where you want them and still enjoy great performance.

“Sound waves reflecting off your walls, ceiling and floor create peaks of increased energy at specific frequencies. Construction materials, furnishings and features like doors and windows, also affect how much energy is reflected, and the length of time it takes to decay.


Space Optimisation allows your Linn Specialist to identify the precise frequencies affected and reduce their energy by just the right amount, removing the distorting effect of your room to reveal the true sound of the music.”


Linn has compiled a list of speakers which are compatible with its Space Optimisation technology.


The list


B&W 683 S2
B&W 685 S2
B&W 686 S2
B&W 802 Diamond*
B&W 804 Diamond
B&W CM1 S2
B&W CM6 S2
B&W CM8 S2
B&W CM9 S2
B&W Nautilus*
KEF Blade
KEF Blade Two
Kudos C1
Kudos C10
Kudos C2
Kudos C20
Kudos C30
Kudos Super 10
Kudos Super 20
Kudos Titan 808
Kudos Titan 88
Kudos X2
Kudos X3
Linn Akubarik
Linn Akubarik Passive*
Linn Akudorik Passive*
Linn Akurate 212*
Linn Akurate 242*
Linn Artikulat 320A
Linn Artikulat 320 Passive*
Linn Artikulat 350A
Linn Artikulat 350 Passive*
Linn AV5140*
Linn AV5110
Linn Espek*
Linn Exakt Akubarik*
Linn Exakt Akudorik*
Linn Kaber*
Linn Katan
Linn Keilidh*
Linn Keltik*
Linn Kiko
Linn Klimax 320A
Linn Klimax 320 Passive
Linn Klimax 350A
Linn Klimax 350 Passive*
Linn Klimax Exakt 350*
Linn Komponent 104
Linn Komponent 106
Linn Komponent 110
Linn Komri*
Linn Majik 109*
Linn Majik 112
Linn Majik 140*
Linn Majik Isobarik*
Linn Nexus
Linn Ninka*
Linn Sekrit IW10
Linn Tukan
Linn Unik
Monitor Audio Silver 6
Monitor Audio Silver 8
ProAc D18
ProAc D20R
ProAc D30R
ProAc Studio 118
Spendor A3
Spendor A5r
Spendor A6r


* SPACE Optimisation+ compatible


Compatible speakers: coming soon


Audio Physic Tempo VI
B&W 800 Diamond
B&W 803 Diamond
B&W CM10
Canton Reference 3.2
Dali Epicon 6
Dynaudio Focus 380
Focal Electra 1028 BE
JBL DD66000
KEF R700
Linn Isobarik
Martin Logan Statement
Monitor Audio Gold GX300
Naim SBL
Neat Elite SX 2-way ported
Neat Ultimatum xl6
PMC Twenty 26
ProAc D40R
Quad ESL 2905
Quad ESL 2912
Sonus Faber Amati Futura
Sonus Faber Cremona
Sonus Faber Liuto Monitor
Totem Hawk
Wilson Audio Watt Puppy 8
Wilson Audio Alexia



Linn products are sold in Malaysia by Perfect Hi-Fi. For more details on Linn’s Space Optimisation, click To watch the video presentation, click




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