Linn Akubarik - opinions needed

Somewhere to talk about all the 0's and 1's in your equipment
User avatar
Moomintroll
Full Member
Posts: 330
Joined: Sun Feb 23, 2014 8:12 pm

Re: Linn Akubarik - opinions needed

Post by Moomintroll »

ashhadk wrote: Tue Apr 02, 2024 4:22 pm Order placed in RAL 5011, T minus 2 months 🥹. Will update once I receive. Thanks guys for all the input 😃
Steel Blue? Nice.
Klimax LP12, NGKDSM Hub, Klimax 350E Organik
User avatar
akamatsu
Full Member
Posts: 286
Joined: Wed Jan 10, 2024 7:45 pm
Location: Vancouver area

Re: Linn Akubarik - opinions needed

Post by akamatsu »

ashhadk wrote: Tue Apr 02, 2024 4:22 pm Order placed in RAL 5011, T minus 2 months 🥹. Will update once I receive. Thanks guys for all the input 😃
Congratulations! :D

The Akubariks w/Organik should take you far into the future. Then there will most likely be a Utopik upgrade before too long. Let's see who gets their new speakers first. :D
Last edited by akamatsu on Tue Apr 02, 2024 6:24 pm, edited 1 time in total.
Linn Klimax LP12, Linn NG Klimax DSM hub (Utopik), Linn Katalyst Akubariks

Michael
User avatar
akamatsu
Full Member
Posts: 286
Joined: Wed Jan 10, 2024 7:45 pm
Location: Vancouver area

Re: Linn Akubarik - opinions needed

Post by akamatsu »

Moomintroll wrote: Tue Apr 02, 2024 4:26 pm
ashhadk wrote: Tue Apr 02, 2024 4:22 pm Order placed in RAL 5011, T minus 2 months 🥹. Will update once I receive. Thanks guys for all the input 😃
Steel Blue? Nice.
I just looked it up as well. I agree. Nice!
Linn Klimax LP12, Linn NG Klimax DSM hub (Utopik), Linn Katalyst Akubariks

Michael
ashhadk
Full Member
Posts: 34
Joined: Fri Feb 23, 2024 5:05 am

Re: Linn Akubarik - opinions needed

Post by ashhadk »

akamatsu wrote: Tue Apr 02, 2024 5:06 pm
Moomintroll wrote: Tue Apr 02, 2024 4:26 pm
ashhadk wrote: Tue Apr 02, 2024 4:22 pm Order placed in RAL 5011, T minus 2 months 🥹. Will update once I receive. Thanks guys for all the input 😃
Steel Blue? Nice.
I just looked it up as well. I agree. Nice!
Thanks, excited for yours as well. Should be a fun summer :)

Now trying to decide if I should sell the M140’s or put them to theatre use 🤔. Decisions decisions 😇
User avatar
timster
Full Member
Posts: 658
Joined: Wed Oct 17, 2018 7:22 pm

Re: Linn Akubarik - opinions needed

Post by timster »

ashhadk wrote: Tue Apr 02, 2024 5:50 pm
akamatsu wrote: Tue Apr 02, 2024 5:06 pm
Moomintroll wrote: Tue Apr 02, 2024 4:26 pm
ashhadk wrote: Tue Apr 02, 2024 4:22 pm Order placed in RAL 5011, T minus 2 months 🥹. Will update once I receive. Thanks guys for all the input 😃
Steel Blue? Nice.
I just looked it up as well. I agree. Nice!
Thanks, excited for yours as well. Should be a fun summer :)

Now trying to decide if I should sell the M140’s or put them to theatre use 🤔. Decisions decisions 😇
Theatre use. Don't want you to flood the market! 🙂
♫ ♫
Turntable: Rega RP1/Bias 2/Carbon
Digital Music Source: QNAP HS-251+ SilentNAS
Pre-amp/Streamer: Linn Selekt DSM/U
DAC and Digital Xovers: Linn Akurate Exaktbox10/Kat/U
Amplification: Linn Majik 6100+2100/D
Speakers: Linn Majik 140+alu stands (Kudos S20a soon!)
Sub-Bass: REL T5
Sundries: Linn Black Interconnects, AudioQuest Type 4 Speaker Cable
♫ ♫
User avatar
Millennial
Full Member
Posts: 216
Joined: Thu Jan 11, 2024 6:52 pm
Location: Rule Britannia

Re: Linn Akubarik - opinions needed

Post by Millennial »

timster wrote: Tue Apr 02, 2024 6:09 pm
ashhadk wrote: Tue Apr 02, 2024 5:50 pm
akamatsu wrote: Tue Apr 02, 2024 5:06 pm
Moomintroll wrote: Tue Apr 02, 2024 4:26 pm
ashhadk wrote: Tue Apr 02, 2024 4:22 pm Order placed in RAL 5011, T minus 2 months 🥹. Will update once I receive. Thanks guys for all the input 😃
Steel Blue? Nice.
I just looked it up as well. I agree. Nice!
Thanks, excited for yours as well. Should be a fun summer :)

Now trying to decide if I should sell the M140’s or put them to theatre use 🤔. Decisions decisions 😇
Theatre use. Don't want you to flood the market! 🙂
Ha!
'Space Optimisation: Hear the Music, not the Room. Exakt: Precise sound as recorded by the Artist '

All Linn Baby: Akurate Exakt DSM (Hub) + Utopik, Majik Exaktbox-I, K400 Speaker Cable, Exakt M140 Speakers on Upgraded Bases. Control Point: Linn App (Android).
Dedicated replacement mains feed to fuse board.
Zee9
Full Member
Posts: 30
Joined: Mon Jan 15, 2024 9:39 pm
Location: New Jersey, USA

Re: Linn Akubarik - opinions needed

Post by Zee9 »

I used blue jeans cable cat 6 but found the sound to better when the wires were connected with the writing on the cables were in the direction away from the speakers.

Don’t know if you want to go into that much detail.

I also preferred them with matched power chords which unfortunately was not delivered by Linn.
Main: LP12, Selekt,Tundra 2.5,Kabers, RelT7i.
Bedroom: Wiim> AK/1, Tundra 2.2, Kan II.
Art Studio: Genki, Kairn, 5105, Kabers.
ashhadk
Full Member
Posts: 34
Joined: Fri Feb 23, 2024 5:05 am

Re: Linn Akubarik - opinions needed

Post by ashhadk »

Zee9 wrote: Wed Apr 03, 2024 3:02 am I used blue jeans cable cat 6 but found the sound to better when the wires were connected with the writing on the cables were in the direction away from the speakers.

Don’t know if you want to go into that much detail.

I also preferred them with matched power chords which unfortunately was not delivered by Linn.
Thanks for the tip on the Ethernet cables.

For the power cords, I’ve got a bunch of Merlin stuff from Futureshop which is pretty good, will repurpose those.
User avatar
akamatsu
Full Member
Posts: 286
Joined: Wed Jan 10, 2024 7:45 pm
Location: Vancouver area

Re: Linn Akubarik - opinions needed

Post by akamatsu »

ashhadk wrote: Tue Apr 02, 2024 5:50 pm
akamatsu wrote: Tue Apr 02, 2024 5:06 pm
Moomintroll wrote: Tue Apr 02, 2024 4:26 pm
ashhadk wrote: Tue Apr 02, 2024 4:22 pm Order placed in RAL 5011, T minus 2 months 🥹. Will update once I receive. Thanks guys for all the input 😃
Steel Blue? Nice.
I just looked it up as well. I agree. Nice!
Thanks, excited for yours as well. Should be a fun summer :)

Now trying to decide if I should sell the M140’s or put them to theatre use 🤔. Decisions decisions 😇
A fun summer indeed. Mine should show up right about the time the days are as long as they get. I usually spend a lot of time outdoors. Maybe this summer will be a little different.

I guess with the discount you got a trade-in for the M140s wasn't happening. My deal was the opposite; no discount with a hefty trade-in. My old speakers (Aktiv Tukans) have been in service in the theatre for the past six years.
Linn Klimax LP12, Linn NG Klimax DSM hub (Utopik), Linn Katalyst Akubariks

Michael
User avatar
akamatsu
Full Member
Posts: 286
Joined: Wed Jan 10, 2024 7:45 pm
Location: Vancouver area

Re: Linn Akubarik - opinions needed

Post by akamatsu »

Zee9 wrote: Wed Apr 03, 2024 3:02 am I used blue jeans cable cat 6 but found the sound to better when the wires were connected with the writing on the cables were in the direction away from the speakers.

Don’t know if you want to go into that much detail.

I also preferred them with matched power chords which unfortunately was not delivered by Linn.
I spoke to Blue Jeans Cable about directionality of their cables. They are exactly the same at both ends. So the only difference is the writing on the jacket. If one hears a difference, it would be easy to blind test. I would expect no difference to be heard unsighted.
Linn Klimax LP12, Linn NG Klimax DSM hub (Utopik), Linn Katalyst Akubariks

Michael
ashhadk
Full Member
Posts: 34
Joined: Fri Feb 23, 2024 5:05 am

Re: Linn Akubarik - opinions needed

Post by ashhadk »

A quick update guys. 1 month in and no word on the Akubariks. Getting impatient now 😃😒.

On the positive side managed to sell the MEB-I and the M140 plinths for about £4200.

While I wait for M140’s to sell, I plugged them into a 25yr old Yamaha amp in a smaller room and boy do they sound good. These speakers never cease to impress me. Now i’m in 2 minds about selling them 🧐🤔
User avatar
akamatsu
Full Member
Posts: 286
Joined: Wed Jan 10, 2024 7:45 pm
Location: Vancouver area

Re: Linn Akubarik - opinions needed

Post by akamatsu »

ashhadk wrote: Fri May 03, 2024 10:14 pm A quick update guys. 1 month in and no word on the Akubariks. Getting impatient now 😃😒.

On the positive side managed to sell the MEB-I and the M140 plinths for about £4200.

While I wait for M140’s to sell, I plugged them into a 25yr old Yamaha amp in a smaller room and boy do they sound good. These speakers never cease to impress me. Now i’m in 2 minds about selling them 🧐🤔
Don't expect any word until they ship. Linn don't seem to give out updates on orders. You have another month to go, as do I. I find it best to not think about it and enjoy the last days of your current system.
Linn Klimax LP12, Linn NG Klimax DSM hub (Utopik), Linn Katalyst Akubariks

Michael
User avatar
Martin Kelly
Full Member
Posts: 123
Joined: Tue Jan 23, 2024 1:52 pm
Location: Leyland, Lancashire

Re: Linn Akubarik - opinions needed

Post by Martin Kelly »

ashhadk wrote: Fri May 03, 2024 10:14 pm While I wait for M140’s to sell, I plugged them into a 25yr old Yamaha amp in a smaller room and boy do they sound good. These speakers never cease to impress me. Now i’m in 2 minds about selling them 🧐🤔
This is exactly the reason why I decided not to go from Aktiv M140’s, to Aktiv Akubarik’s.

The M140’s just ‘keep on giving’, especially with improvements made upstream.
Vinyl: Linn LP12, Cirkus, Radikal/1, Keel, Ekos/1, Adikt/2, Uphorik/D
Streaming: Linn KDS Organik & Utopik
CD/SACD: Esoteric K-01X BH & G-02
Amplification: Linn KK/2, 2 x M4100/D
Speakers: Linn Majik 140’s (Aktiv + Al Stands) & Majik 126
ashhadk
Full Member
Posts: 34
Joined: Fri Feb 23, 2024 5:05 am

Re: Linn Akubarik - opinions needed

Post by ashhadk »

akamatsu wrote: Fri May 03, 2024 11:26 pm
ashhadk wrote: Fri May 03, 2024 10:14 pm A quick update guys. 1 month in and no word on the Akubariks. Getting impatient now 😃😒.

On the positive side managed to sell the MEB-I and the M140 plinths for about £4200.

While I wait for M140’s to sell, I plugged them into a 25yr old Yamaha amp in a smaller room and boy do they sound good. These speakers never cease to impress me. Now i’m in 2 minds about selling them 🧐🤔
Don't expect any word until they ship. Linn don't seem to give out updates on orders. You have another month to go, as do I. I find it best to not think about it and enjoy the last days of your current system.
Hey @akamatsu, any word on your order? Still nothing on mine. Makes me wish I had just gotten a standard color, the dealer claims that the special color is what’s causing the delay 😒
User avatar
akamatsu
Full Member
Posts: 286
Joined: Wed Jan 10, 2024 7:45 pm
Location: Vancouver area

Re: Linn Akubarik - opinions needed

Post by akamatsu »

ashhadk wrote: Tue May 14, 2024 7:56 pm
akamatsu wrote: Fri May 03, 2024 11:26 pm
ashhadk wrote: Fri May 03, 2024 10:14 pm A quick update guys. 1 month in and no word on the Akubariks. Getting impatient now 😃😒.

On the positive side managed to sell the MEB-I and the M140 plinths for about £4200.

While I wait for M140’s to sell, I plugged them into a 25yr old Yamaha amp in a smaller room and boy do they sound good. These speakers never cease to impress me. Now i’m in 2 minds about selling them 🧐🤔
Don't expect any word until they ship. Linn don't seem to give out updates on orders. You have another month to go, as do I. I find it best to not think about it and enjoy the last days of your current system.
Hey @akamatsu, any word on your order? Still nothing on mine. Makes me wish I had just gotten a standard color, the dealer claims that the special color is what’s causing the delay 😒
With the 360s, custom colour doesn't cost more money, just more time. It's been 8.5 weeks since the order was placed, with an expected ship in 12 weeks. I spoke with the dealer last week. I did ask about the problems with the cabinet maker. I was told that this would not impact current products, just upcoming products will be delayed.

Patience, my friend. :D
Linn Klimax LP12, Linn NG Klimax DSM hub (Utopik), Linn Katalyst Akubariks

Michael
ashhadk
Full Member
Posts: 34
Joined: Fri Feb 23, 2024 5:05 am

Re: Linn Akubarik - opinions needed

Post by ashhadk »

akamatsu wrote: Tue May 14, 2024 8:04 pm
ashhadk wrote: Tue May 14, 2024 7:56 pm
akamatsu wrote: Fri May 03, 2024 11:26 pm
ashhadk wrote: Fri May 03, 2024 10:14 pm A quick update guys. 1 month in and no word on the Akubariks. Getting impatient now 😃😒.

On the positive side managed to sell the MEB-I and the M140 plinths for about £4200.

While I wait for M140’s to sell, I plugged them into a 25yr old Yamaha amp in a smaller room and boy do they sound good. These speakers never cease to impress me. Now i’m in 2 minds about selling them 🧐🤔
Don't expect any word until they ship. Linn don't seem to give out updates on orders. You have another month to go, as do I. I find it best to not think about it and enjoy the last days of your current system.
Hey @akamatsu, any word on your order? Still nothing on mine. Makes me wish I had just gotten a standard color, the dealer claims that the special color is what’s causing the delay 😒
With the 360s, custom colour doesn't cost more money, just more time. It's been 8.5 weeks since the order was placed, with an expected ship in 12 weeks. I spoke with the dealer last week. I did ask about the problems with the cabinet maker. I was told that this would not impact current products, just upcoming products will be delayed.

Patience, my friend. :D
I had to wait year for my car but this seems harder for some reason. One lesson I’ve learnt is that I should have kept the previous kit until I got the new stuff. I have no music at home now 😖. Oh well, lesson learnt.

What’s going on with the cabinet makers? My dealer mentioned that it’s with them but is there some complexity at that stage?
User avatar
akamatsu
Full Member
Posts: 286
Joined: Wed Jan 10, 2024 7:45 pm
Location: Vancouver area

Re: Linn Akubarik - opinions needed

Post by akamatsu »

ashhadk wrote: Wed May 15, 2024 5:34 am
akamatsu wrote: Tue May 14, 2024 8:04 pm
ashhadk wrote: Tue May 14, 2024 7:56 pm
akamatsu wrote: Fri May 03, 2024 11:26 pm
ashhadk wrote: Fri May 03, 2024 10:14 pm A quick update guys. 1 month in and no word on the Akubariks. Getting impatient now 😃😒.

On the positive side managed to sell the MEB-I and the M140 plinths for about £4200.

While I wait for M140’s to sell, I plugged them into a 25yr old Yamaha amp in a smaller room and boy do they sound good. These speakers never cease to impress me. Now i’m in 2 minds about selling them 🧐🤔
Don't expect any word until they ship. Linn don't seem to give out updates on orders. You have another month to go, as do I. I find it best to not think about it and enjoy the last days of your current system.
Hey @akamatsu, any word on your order? Still nothing on mine. Makes me wish I had just gotten a standard color, the dealer claims that the special color is what’s causing the delay 😒
With the 360s, custom colour doesn't cost more money, just more time. It's been 8.5 weeks since the order was placed, with an expected ship in 12 weeks. I spoke with the dealer last week. I did ask about the problems with the cabinet maker. I was told that this would not impact current products, just upcoming products will be delayed.

Patience, my friend. :D
I had to wait year for my car but this seems harder for some reason. One lesson I’ve learnt is that I should have kept the previous kit until I got the new stuff. I have no music at home now 😖. Oh well, lesson learnt.

What’s going on with the cabinet makers? My dealer mentioned that it’s with them but is there some complexity at that stage?
One of the reasons that I decided against upgrading the Akubariks was the downtime. I just didn't want to be without music (on the main system) for weeks.

I'm not sure what's going on with the cabinet maker, other than there was a problem causing delays. Again, it shouldn't affect existing products and existing orders. New products, e.g. Majik speakers, might be affected.
Linn Klimax LP12, Linn NG Klimax DSM hub (Utopik), Linn Katalyst Akubariks

Michael
User avatar
vincent
Full Member
Posts: 224
Joined: Sun Oct 30, 2016 12:00 pm

Re: Linn Akubarik - opinions needed

Post by vincent »

ashhadk wrote: Wed May 15, 2024 5:34 am
I had to wait year for my car but this seems harder for some reason. One lesson I’ve learnt is that I should have kept the previous kit until I got the new stuff. I have no music at home now 😖. Oh well, lesson learnt.

What’s going on with the cabinet makers? My dealer mentioned that it’s with them but is there some complexity at that stage?
I feel your pain. The wait is very frustrating, especially as it's impossible getting advance delivery information from Linn. (I've been through the process of Akubarik modules having to go back to the factory and being without music twice in the last six months - once for PSU repair, and most recently for the Organik upgrade).

However it will be worth the wait. You have a great deal, especially with Organik which takes Akubarik performance into a different league relative to Katalyst. As regards ethernet cables for the Exakt links, I disagree with @akamatsu in preferring Blue Jeans Cat 6A (which is shielded) to any of the unshielded cables (this was discussed at length on a Wam thread). It's worth experimenting in due course, meanwhile your new speakers are going to sound great straight out of the box with any connection!
LP12 (Tiger Paw Stratos, sKale; Karousel, Keel, KRadikal, Ekos SE, Urika2, Lyra Etna SL); Innuos PhoenixNet switch; Klimax NGDSM Hub (Utopik); Exakt Organik Akubariks.
ashhadk
Full Member
Posts: 34
Joined: Fri Feb 23, 2024 5:05 am

Re: Linn Akubarik - opinions needed

Post by ashhadk »

Thanks @akamatsu & @vincent

Comforting to hear your stories! They were supposed to be a birthday present to myself on the 26th, dealer is being super kind and has promised that he’ll give me an equally impressive loaner system for that weekend atleast so that’s a bit exciting 😃

On the Ethernet cable, he’s suggesting going with a AQ Pearl cable but I’m thinking of just going ahead and ordering Blue Jeans. They’ll quite a bit cheaper and do a great job. Thinking if I should order Gaia ii’s in the mean while to fit under the Akubarik’s. The old ones can go under my REL’s as they won’t hold the new weight.
ashhadk
Full Member
Posts: 34
Joined: Fri Feb 23, 2024 5:05 am

Re: Linn Akubarik - opinions needed

Post by ashhadk »

ashhadk wrote: Thu May 16, 2024 2:08 pm Thanks @akamatsu & @vincent

Comforting to hear your stories! They were supposed to be a birthday present to myself on the 26th, dealer is being super kind and has promised that he’ll give me an equally impressive loaner system for that weekend atleast so that’s a bit exciting 😃

On the Ethernet cable, he’s suggesting going with a AQ Pearl cable but I’m thinking of just going ahead and ordering Blue Jeans. They’ll quite a bit cheaper and do a great job. Thinking if I should order Gaia ii’s in the mean while to fit under the Akubarik’s. The old ones can go under my REL’s as they won’t hold the new weight.
You can see that a speakerless house wreaking havoc on the credit card 🤣🤣
User avatar
vincent
Full Member
Posts: 224
Joined: Sun Oct 30, 2016 12:00 pm

Re: Linn Akubarik - opinions needed

Post by vincent »

ashhadk wrote: Thu May 16, 2024 2:08 pm Thanks @akamatsu & @vincent

On the Ethernet cable, he’s suggesting going with a AQ Pearl cable but I’m thinking of just going ahead and ordering Blue Jeans. They’ll quite a bit cheaper and do a great job. Thinking if I should order Gaia ii’s in the mean while to fit under the Akubarik’s. The old ones can go under my REL’s as they won’t hold the new weight.
I believe AQ Pearl is Cat 7 which is not recommended by Linn for Ekakt link. I can confirm from experience that BJC Cat 6A (and other BJ cables for that matter) are better than the AudioQuest Cinnamon - supposedly two steps up from Pearl - I previously used throughout my Exakt Akubarik system (including from Urika II in the LP12).

My Akubariks work best (in a room having wooden floorboards) with spikes on inexpensive metal pucks (pic). I tried Gaia feet and didn't like them at all (I thought they had the effect of smearing bass and mids). So I would counsel strongly against ordering now. You can always borrow some later on home-dem once you have a clear idea of how the new speakers sound in your room with your equipment etc.

P.S. Edit. I recall the discussion about the relative merits of Cat 6 (unshielded) vs Cat 6A (shielded) BJC centred on whether shielding was beneficial or detrimental. I reasoned the former, @akamatsu the latter. We thought that the presence/absence of shielding was the only difference in the construction of the two cables, so must account for our opposed preferences.
You do not have the required permissions to view the files attached to this post.
LP12 (Tiger Paw Stratos, sKale; Karousel, Keel, KRadikal, Ekos SE, Urika2, Lyra Etna SL); Innuos PhoenixNet switch; Klimax NGDSM Hub (Utopik); Exakt Organik Akubariks.
User avatar
akamatsu
Full Member
Posts: 286
Joined: Wed Jan 10, 2024 7:45 pm
Location: Vancouver area

Re: Linn Akubarik - opinions needed

Post by akamatsu »

For the record, I use BJC Cat 6 (unshielded) for all Exaktlink and Ethernet needs. I tried all three of the BJC cables. I prefer the sound quality of the Cat 6. It seems to resolve better. More music comes through.
Linn Klimax LP12, Linn NG Klimax DSM hub (Utopik), Linn Katalyst Akubariks

Michael
User avatar
Tendaberry
Full Member
Posts: 176
Joined: Thu Jan 18, 2024 2:25 pm
Location: Hamburg

Re: Linn Akubarik - opinions needed

Post by Tendaberry »

ashhadk wrote: Thu May 16, 2024 2:08 pm Thinking if I should order Gaia ii’s in the mean while to fit under the Akubarik’s. The old ones can go under my REL’s as they won’t hold the new weight.
I'm very happy with the Gaia II's under my Akubariks (unlike Vincent). It depends a lot on the floor though, how big an improvement they are. For me the improvement was much more noticeable, when I had a fairly unstable/swinging floor. I can also recommend the BlueJeans ethernet cables, they replaced Audioquest Cinnamons in my system, with quite a noticeable improvement, albeit not used as Exakt cables.
Linn LP12 (Karousel)/Keel/Klimax Radikal 2/Urika/Ekos 2/Kandid/Linn Akurate DSM Katalyst/QNAP 219P II/Cisco WS-C2960-8-TC-L/Linn Akurate Tuner/1 x Majik 6100 & 1 x Majik 4100/Linn Akubarik (aktiv), Grado PS500e
User avatar
Nestor Turton
Full Member
Posts: 285
Joined: Sun Jan 21, 2024 10:49 pm

Re: Linn Akubarik - opinions needed

Post by Nestor Turton »

akamatsu wrote: Thu May 16, 2024 4:34 pm For the record, I use BJC Cat 6 (unshielded) for all Exaktlink and Ethernet needs. I tried all three of the BJC cables. I prefer the sound quality of the Cat 6. It seems to resolve better. More music comes through.
:smt023
Gramophone: Linn Klimax LP12, ADSM/3+KCT & Spendor D9s
Juke Box: JRiver, Chord Blu2/Dave/Etude & Harbeth P3ESR-XD
Wires: Van Damme speaker leads, Canare & Linn interconnects
Network: Eero Router, HP Switches, Connectix Cat6a & BJC Cat5e
User avatar
Nestor Turton
Full Member
Posts: 285
Joined: Sun Jan 21, 2024 10:49 pm

Re: Linn Akubarik - opinions needed

Post by Nestor Turton »

ashhadk wrote: Thu May 16, 2024 2:08 pm
On the Ethernet cable, he’s suggesting going with a AQ Pearl cable but I’m thinking of just going ahead and ordering Blue Jeans. They’re quite a bit cheaper and do a great job. Thinking if I should order Gaia ii’s in the mean while to fit under the Akubarik’s. The old ones can go under my RELs as they won’t hold the new weight.
Blue Jeans Cables, and for that matter Connectix, Ethernet cables are simply better (from an engineering perspective) than AQ cables. This is easily verified by measurement. In the UK, many boutique hifi cable companies avoid calling their streaming cables Ethernet cables, to avoid the wrath of the Advertising Standards Authority. BJC assembles and Connectix manufactures genuine Ethernet cables. The way the cables are terminated is important with good quality plastic connectors being preferable to metal ones if you want to lower noise by preserving Ethernet’s inherent galvanic isolation.
Gramophone: Linn Klimax LP12, ADSM/3+KCT & Spendor D9s
Juke Box: JRiver, Chord Blu2/Dave/Etude & Harbeth P3ESR-XD
Wires: Van Damme speaker leads, Canare & Linn interconnects
Network: Eero Router, HP Switches, Connectix Cat6a & BJC Cat5e
HiFi Kabin : Disclaimer