Linn debuts Kustom DSM multi-zone music player

posted on Tuesday, 10th March 2020 by Steve May

High-end  High Res Audio  Multi-room  Hi-fi 

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Hi-Fi specialist Linn is introducing a high-performance multi-zone network music player, specifically for the Custom Installation market.

The Kustom DSM effectively takes the brand’s DSM streaming technology and re-casts it as a flexible, scaleable install solution. The company cites residential, commercial and marine applications.

Linn attributes recent investment into improving manufacturing capabilities at its factory in Glasgow, particularly in Surface Mount Technology, to the Kustom DSM’s innovative new board design. Integrators can choose from two variants, both housed in a 1U high chassis:

There’s a 2 stream/4 zone model (two audio streams to a maximum of four different zones) and a 4 stream/8 zone step-up (four audio streams to a maximum of eight different zones),

Each stream has a variety of analogue and digital inputs to enable the connection of local sources: HDMI ARC, coaxial digital, optical digital and a pair of analogue phonos. Each zone has a pair of phono outputs for connection to downstream components.

For larger projects, a combination of the product, with the ability to connect multiples together, makes the Kustom DSM a highly scaleable solution. It’s available with brackets for rack mounting and feet for placing on a shelf.

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Smart home automation system design is supported with drivers for Crestron and Control4. It also works with Linn’s control app, Kazoo, available for all main consumer devices.

Utilizing the streaming architecture developed for Selekt DSM, this source-only introduction can be used with any choice of amps and speakers throughout the installation.

“Linn entered the custom installation market 25 years ago with our ground-breaking Knekt multiroom system,” comments Linn Managing Director, Gilad Tiefenbrun. “12 years ago, we started our journey in high resolution digital audio playback with Klimax DS. The result of continuous development in both these areas is Kustom DSM, our first one box, multi-zone DSM player which will deliver transformational musical experiences to every space in an installation at our most competitive price-per-zone yet.”

Every Kustom DSM is precision-engineered at the Linn factory, and is hand-built, tested and packaged by one specialist who only signs their name to it when they’re completely satisfied.

Kustom DSM is available through all Linn Custom Installation Specialists worldwide, priced at £2,825 for the 2 stream/4 zone model and £5,650 for its 4 stream/8 zone stablemate.

Steve May

Inside CI Editor Steve May is a freelance technology specialist who also writes for T3TechRadarHome Cinema Choice, Trusted Reviews and The Luxe Review.

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