Katalyst DAC Architecture by Linn

The brand new Katalyst DAC Architecture brings the greatest precision yet to digital-to-analogue conversion.

Katalyst takes control over the critical elements at the heart of the analogue signal’s creation; offering improved Data Optimisation, superior Master Clock, independent Power Supplies, a new ultra-low distortion Output Driver and a high-stability input Reference Level.

The Reference Level is vitally important because, at the point of creation, the analogue audio signal is particularly vulnerable even to the smallest variations in the Reference Level, which can cause irreversible damage.

Katalyst’s high-stability input Reference Level eliminates variations during analogue signal creation, giving you an improved music experience.

How Katalyst improves your analogue music signal

Improving on Previous Iterations

Five key areas of improvement allow Katalyst to provide unparalleled precision.

Reference Level

Katalyst is isolated from noise, producing a high-stability Reference Level voltage that generates the signal’s amplitude without variation.

Independent Power Supplies

Power supplies are tailored for each process and are kept separate from each other. This means feedback from one process cannot influence the performance of another, resulting in far less distortion.

Data Optimisation

The digital signal for conversion is prepared with greater accuracy by a Linn-designed data optimisation stage, minimising errors right at the very beginning of the process.

Master Clock

Katalyst uses a precise clock with its own independent power supply, ensuring greater accuracy throughout.

Output Driver

Katalyst’s new ultra-low distortion analogue output driver prepares the signal for transmission, making it less susceptible to noise and degradation.

Klimax DS System

Available in Klimax DS & Klimax DSM Systems
Katalyst DAC Architecture is now incorporated in the Klimax DS and Klimax DSM, raising the performance of the best network music players available.


Linn Klimax DS

Linn Klimax DS

Linn Klimax DS is set to shape the future of music and how people listen to recorded music. The epitome of audio perfection.

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Linn Klimax DSM System

Linn Klimax DSM System

The best way to listen to music at home, Klimax DSM is a digital music player which plays everything and sounds amazing.

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