I høst lagde vi et par artikler om Linn sin nyvinning Exakt. Både en innledende nyhetsartikkel, oppfulgt av en fordypningsartikkel om dette nyvinnende konseptet. Kjernen i hele konseptet er egentlig en signalstrøm der signalet går digitalt frem til delefiltre, enten disse sitter i effekttrinn integrert i høyttalerne, eller i eksterne effektforsterkere. Eller i en såkalt Tunebox. Fordelen med digitale aktive delefiltre er både at forvrengning i delefiltre kan holdes på et minimalt nivå, og at man kan foreta andre DSP-prosesser i forbindelse med delefiltrene.
I introduksjonen var det Klimax-nivået som nøt godt av denne Exakt-muligheten. Prislappen er dermed på et høyt nivå. Nå når Akurate står for tur, begynner det hele å ligge litt mer på prisnivået som enkelte entusiaster er vant til å måtte legge ut for et anlegg i skikkelig HighEnd nivå. Det hele er bygget rundt et sett Akubarik høyttalere, som i hovedvarianten har komplette 6-kanals effektmoduler med digitale delefiltre innebygget, med digitalt signal tilført via den egenutviklede protokollen Exakt Link fra en Akrate Exakt DSM, som er selve styrigenheten og streamer.
Kontrapunkt melder om at en komplett pris for et sett Akurate Exakt er 250.000,- NOK.
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Linn Adds Exakt Lossless Technology to Akurate Speaker Line
Linn has extended its ground-breaking Exakt platform into its Akurate range. The highly acclaimed Akubarik loudspeaker is the latest product to benefit from this new technology, which represents a new era of personalization in customers’ homes.
Exakt eliminates the sources of loss inherent in the traditional analog hi-fi chain by transferring the lossless digital signal all the way to the speaker. This means that a Studio Master file, or any other music source, is now transmitted more accurately into the speaker.
Exakt delivers the most direct connection ever made between the listener and the artist, and turns the speaker into a intelligent, connected, software upgradeable product.
Using the groundbreaking Exakt technology launched in Linn’s flagship Klimax Exakt System in September last year, the Akurate Exakt System comprises an Akurate Exakt DSM and Exakt Akubarik loudspeakers.
Inside Exakt loudspeakers is a digital platform that enables a whole new range of performance-enhancing capabilities and the ability for a Linn Specialist to optimize the system to the customer’s home. This ensures the best possible sound no matter the unique characteristics of the customer’s room or their preferred speaker positioning.
Exakt eliminates magnitude and phase distortion that is inherent in traditional passive crossovers.
All speaker drive units have their own unique characteristics. Exakt measures and corrects for the tiniest variation between drive units, meaning every system that leaves the factory performs exactly to the designers specification.
Exakt enables the Linn specialist to optimize performance for any customer’s unique room. This personalization is based on the room’s dimensions, furnishings, and the customer’s preferred speaker location. Now you can enjoy the best possible sound no matter your room’s size, furnishings, and speaker placement.
In order to deliver the digital signal losslessly to the speaker, Linn developed a new protocol—Exakt Link. Exakt Link achieves accuracy of data transmission with the ability to losslessly transmit eight channels of 24-bit 192 kHz Studio Master; low jitter to ensure musical timing; and precise synchronization between speakers.
Up to thirteen sources can be connected to the system via the Akurate Exakt DSM with inputs including HDMI, Toslink, S/PDIF, XLR, and RCA phono available.
New ADC technology converts the delicate analog signal of vinyl digitally and sends it losslessly to the speaker.
The remaining specification of Exakt Akubarik retains the exceptional acoustic and mechanical qualities of the original Aktiv product including the two 80-inch glass fiber composite cones mounted face-to-face in the isobaric system on the underside of the enclosure. By doubling the driving force, the moving mass and the stiffness of the suspension (i.e. two cones, two motors and two voice coils), Exakt Akubarik delivers the rich, deep and detailed bass extension normally reserved for much larger speakers, and all from a relatively slim, stylish, and compact cabinet.
All of the other drivers of the Exakt Akubarik are mounted on the front baffle including Linn’s 3K driver array technology featuring a polyurethane 3-inch mid-range dome, 1-inch dome tweeter and a 0.5-inch silk super-tweeter, each placed in a rigid, machined die cast aluminum chassis for optimum positioning to achieve wider dispersion, precise high frequency response, and single-point source accuracy.
Upper bass is handled by a 6-inch doped paper driver mounted in its own sealed enclosure designed to deliver better transients with less distortion.
The six-channel amp module houses the Exakt capability alongside Akurate quality DACs and Linn’s patented Chakra ‘silent power’ amplification, all mounted within a special and effective passive cooling chimney, which draws the warm air up and out of the electronics without requiring a fan.
Exakt Akubarik’s gently curved cabinet is a composite construction of steam molded, layers of wood veneer, and MDF. Additional meticulously placed internal bracing creates an exceptionally rigid and acoustically inert structure and a very stable mounting for the drive units.
Finished by hand, Exakt Akubarik is available in a range of finishes, including six high-grade real wood veneers in standard or high gloss options. A range of 200 bespoke, high gloss color finishes are also available. Exakt Akubarik can be further personalized through the choice of polished chrome or black finishes for the chassis of the 3K array.
Available to audition from late April at Linn Specialists nationwide, the Akurate Exakt System will be priced at $41,000 US Retail. Upgrade options are also available for existing Akubarik owners.