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Rumour alert.

Linn have suspended speaker development to concentrate on other areas. Philbo is now head of R&D, and no longer directly involved in speaker design.
Apparently any new speakers/new ranges will not happen in the foreseeable.
So 109 or Majik replacements will not be any time soon nor any supposed 'Selekt' speakers.

Also it's true Kudos have discontinued the Cardea range. No news on replacements, if any.
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timster wrote: Fri Jul 05, 2024 6:22 pm Rumour alert.

Linn have suspended speaker development to concentrate on other areas. Philbo is now head of R&D, and no longer directly involved in speaker design.
That’ll be the 360s obsolete already if not have to last forever. :shock:
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timster wrote: Fri Jul 05, 2024 6:22 pm Rumour alert.

Linn have suspended speaker development to concentrate on other areas. Philbo is now head of R&D, and no longer directly involved in speaker design.
Apparently any new speakers/new ranges will not happen in the foreseeable.
So 109 or Majik replacements will not be any time soon nor any supposed 'Selekt' speakers.

Also it's true Kudos have discontinued the Cardea range. No news on replacements, if any.
A shame as the speaker is the source. Latest Harbeth speakers follow similar principles to Linn and the designer seems very enthusiastic about DSP within the speaker to get the best out his drive units and improve integration.

I have old fashioned passive speakers, which sound great; however if starting over I’d want a home demo of Linn Exakt speakers. Perhaps the market for new technically advanced loudspeakers has diminished or simply crowded.

Wonder what innovations Linn’s working on if it’s moving resources from loudspeaker design. Wireless Exakt?
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If true this is shocking and disappointing news!

I was hoping for a higher end new option beyond 140s. The 360s don’t work for me cost or aesthetics wise.

This restricts options for those staying with Exakt systems.
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I checked with my dealer and he said this rumor is NOT TRUE…
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PhotoMax wrote: Fri Jul 05, 2024 11:08 pm I checked with my dealer and he said this rumor is NOT TRUE…
My dealer said the same. Oh, wait, we have the same dealer. :D
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Michael, I talked with Paul…
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PhotoMax wrote: Sat Jul 06, 2024 1:16 am Michael, I talked with Paul…
I was joking, since we both shop at Definitive. I didn't speak to anyone, but I would reach out to Ron.
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Please do so! This is a serious rumor/rumour to confirm or put to bed.

Definitive is one of the leading Linn dealerships on the planet so I trust them as a news source…
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As I said it's only a rumour but came from someone who had dinner with Gilad on his travels stateside.
Not that that proves anything of course!
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Back in March, I think it was, Gilad and Phil were on a Facebook video chat with Clive Gidney. At that time, Phil’s title was something like “Principal Acoustic Engineer and Manager of Acoustic Design and Mechanical Engineering”

I think it unlikely that he’s no longer involved in speaker design.

I have no insight into what their current priorities are. However, we do expect that Utopiks for power amps are in the pipeline and that Adaptive Bias is used in the Klimax 800, so it wouldn’t surprise me if a range of power amps using both technologies were on the horizon.

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Hope that Utopik for my Exaktbox is finally in the pipe. 😉
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Hmm,

I was pondering (the crazy idea) to upgrade my 350s Exakt to the 360s.

My dealer told me that the Akubarik will phase out and the new design (Organik) would be introduced step by step starting with the smaller speaker models.

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Baba Yaga wrote: Wed Jul 10, 2024 7:10 pm Hmm,

I was pondering (the crazy idea) to upgrade my 350s Exakt to the 360s.

My dealer told me that the Akubarik will phase out and the new design (Organik) would be introduced step by step starting with the smaller speaker models.

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That may be what's been 'paused'.
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