520 System

Compact and customisable with breath-taking musicality — finally a high performance music system you can personalise to complement your home.

The 520 speakers provide a far bigger performance than their discreet dimensions would imply. Together with the Akurate network music player, the system will stream all your digital music in stunning Linn quality, while also letting you connect all your other music sources.




Speakers

520 Speakers

Compact and customisable

Enjoy all the musicality and finesse of an integrated Linn speaker packed with technology, in our most compact design yet. Designed to be personalised for you and your home, the size and styling are subtle but the performance will stand out.

Customise the look and place them where they fit best in your room — Space Optimisation+ takes care of optimising the sound for your room’s characteristics and chosen speaker location.

Power and intelligence built-in

Linn’s innovative integrated speakers have power and intelligence built-in. A specially designed module, suspension-mounted on the back of each speaker, houses the powerful amps and Exakt electronics that optimise performance. Now you don’t need lots of hi-fi separates to make great sound.


  • Exakt technology built in
  • Connects via Exakt Link to any Exakt-enabled Linn networked music player
  • Fully Aktiv integrated Chakra power amplification
  • Choice of 11 standard Fabrik covers plus special design collections coming soon
  • Cut glass stand and top plate in choice of three finishes

Customise

Create your own look

Select your Fabrik cover, top plate and stand to personalise your speakers. With so many colours and textiles to choose from, and designer collections like Timorous Beasties and Harris Tweed coming soon, there’s a look to complement any interior.

Fancy a change? All Linn Fabrik covers, tops and stands are available separately so you can refresh the look as often as you like.


Network Player


Akurate Exakt DSM

Browse your digital music library, stream online music and video and hear movie soundtracks, all in exceptional detail. This Akurate network music player connects to virtually any music or audio source in your home and plays it flawlessly.

Housed in the specially designed acoustic enclosure, every source is screened and protected from noise, ensuring the speakers receive the highest quality signal, whether you’re streaming your favourite playlist or connecting your turntable to one of the 13 inputs.

Perfect streaming to your speakers

Featuring Linn’s DS streaming technology and a range of inputs to connect anything in your living room, every musical performance is perfectly transmitted to the speakers using Linn’s Exakt Link lossless connection.

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Technology

Space Optimisation+

Using sophisticated acoustic modelling, Space Optimisation+ builds a complete picture of how your speakers, their placement, and the unique characteristics of your room interact to affect the sound you hear.

By removing the unwanted distorting effects of your listening environment, it reveals the true sound of the music. Now you can place your speakers exactly where you want them and still enjoy great performance.

Exakt

Our systems use Exakt technology to preserve the integrity of the original studio recording all the way to the speakers.

This truly revolutionary technology turns traditional hi-fi on its head, completely removing sources of noise and distortion that affect all other music systems. By keeping the music digital until the last possible stage, Exakt enables a whole host of performance-enhancing capabilities.

Integrated Exakt Module

To run each speaker fully Aktiv, with a dedicated digital crossover, volume control, digital-to-analogue converter, and amplifier for every drive unit, you might expect to need a load of additional boxes and cables.

That’s where Linn’s expertise in integrated speaker design comes in. Each speaker has a module suspension-mounted on the back to acoustically isolate it from the cabinet. Packed inside are all the Exakt electronics and powerful amps needed to make the speaker fully Aktiv. Cooling is performed passively without any noisy fans, via the aluminium heat sink hidden behind the Linn Fabrik. Providing power and precision without any extra boxes, it’s our neatest integrated speaker design to date.

Precisely Crafted Cabinets

The foundation of any good speaker design is an enclosure that lets the drive units work with maximum efficiency, without colouring the sound.

For Series 5, we used a layered composite of 3 mm sheets. Using multiple thin layers actually increases the tensile strength and therefore rigidity of the material, while still preserving its acoustically dead properties. Combined with the braced construction, this results in a cabinet that doesn’t add unwanted vibrations and doesn’t ring, but does give the drive units an incredibly stable platform to work from.

Custom-Designed Drive Units

The ambitious design of Series 5 led to a unique set of requirements for the drive units that couldn’t be met by any existing specification.

The 530 needed compact yet very long-throw, low-resonance units for use in the Isobarik bass system. The unique arrangement of tweeter and bass/mid driver on both models also required customised drive units. The bass/mid driver uses a unique doped, dual-layer, sliced cone design and an anti-resonant chamber on the back of the high quality tweeter improves high frequency performance when used in conjunction with the familiar Linn ‘skoop’, producing outstanding dispersion characteristics.

Linn Fabrik

To offer the unique style and customisation possibilities of Series 5, without affecting the performance, we came up with a new way to finish speakers — Linn Fabrik.

Linn’s unique Exakt technology models the effects of each Fabrik’s characteristics on the frequency and phase response of every drive unit in the speakers. Exakt’s digital crossover eliminates any unwanted distorting effects to ensure that no matter which Fabrik you choose, your speakers will produce the same breath-taking performance we designed here in the factory.