Integrating Linn DS in a Knekt system
The Linn DS products can only act as sources (like a CD player, Radio etc) within the Knekt system.
The Linn DS or Linn DSI products CANNOT replace any Linn Knekt preamplifier products within a system as they do not have any Linn Knekt control sockets (Remote IN/OUT) and can only be controlled by IR. (Early versions on the Linn Sekrit-DSI had Remote IN/OUT connectors, but never incorporated in to the internal software for use)
The Internal volume control of the Linn DS products must be disabled. Otherwise you will have two volume controls in the system. One within the Linn DS player and one in each room controlled by the Linn Knekt-RCU.
This means that you could have the Room volume quite high and the Linn DS volume quite low. If you switch to another source, like the TV, this is now playing at a high volume control!
Using the Linn DSI products can confuse things even further as you may not be listening to a media streaming source and/or you cannot disable the internal volume control:
- Linn Room Control Unit (RCU)
- Linn BASIK-3(-IR) RCU
The Linn Sneaky-DS and Linn Sekrit-DSI are the only products with Linn RCU- Accessory sockets. These ACC sockets are designed for use with ONLY the Linn Basik3 and Linn Basik3-IR RCU use.
The Linn Basik3 RCU allows Standby and volume up/down control.
The Linn Basik3-IR RCU has the additional IR control option of the Linn Sekrit-DSI and Linn Sneaky-DS.
The Linn Knekt-RCU (11 buttons) can be programmed to have limited functionality with the Linn DS players via an IR emitter:
- Play, Stop, Pause, Skip+ , Skip- & Standby
On some Linn Knekt systems, (using the Linn Dekoda)
- You can also add the search and Kinsky Jukebox selection.
- Some Linn DS internet Radio functions can be programmed into the Linn Dekoda.
The Knekt-RCU will only control the Linn DS by IR and therefore has no feedback as to which track is playing etc. The important point is that the Linn Knekt-RCU must be programmed for this new source by a Linn specialist.
Linn DS as a Main Knekt Source
In the drawing below, the Linn DS product is shared throughout your Linn Knekt system. (The Linn DS must be set as a “source only” to share the full line level audio to each room and let each room decide the volume level)
Linn DS as a Local source
The other option is to have the Linn DS as a local room source. This will not share the Linn DS audio to other Linn Knekt rooms, but allow the Linn DS to control some of the Linn Knekt Receivers (LR2/RA2) as preamplifiers.
The Linn DS only has control of the local Linn Knekt Receiver (LR2/RA2), if you want to select and control a Main system source, this MUST be performed by the Knekt-RCU.
Please Note: The Linn Majik DSI & Linn Sekrit DSI products CANNOT be used in the Linn Knekt system as the DSI products have inbuilt pre-amplifiers.
If you want to totally change from Knekt to Linn DS/DSI products, the CAT5 can be re-terminated from Linn Knekt to Ethernet termination.
For more information about Linn multi-room systems, technical help, or if you would like to talk about upgrading please call us on 0207 454 1234, 01277 890 856 or email Linn Service & Repair.