LINN HiFi Systems
At Totally Wired, we have been NZ’s longest running independent Linn dealership.
A Linn Sondek LP12 turntable has been a permanent fixture in our home for over 20 years. And there have been very few Linn products that we haven’t sold or listened to. For a very long time we could have been described as ‘true believers’ and in fact we still hold dear to a lot of the Linn basics – the assertion that if it sounds better to you, then it is. The importance of proper demonstration, and of well set up listening rooms.
We understand the philosophy that built Linn and why our many Linn owning clients still enjoy their systems.
We’ve been with Linn through all the turntables and upgrades, electronics and speakers, home cinema and multi-room. Just about everything we have sold is still performing as well as the day we installed in, in the original owners home and we continue to provide service, backup and advice.
Linn 'Classik–K' music system and Linn 'Unik' speakers trade–in
The Classik K is an all–in–one unit with CD, pre/power amplifier, radio tuner and multi room functions. Designed and made by Linn in Scotland this is audio built to very high standards and made to last. The reliable and powerful amplifier can run two sets of speakers but there is the facility to 'pre–out' to another power amp. The Classik K has protection circuitry, tape in and out and an auxiliary input. With the Classik K we’re including for free the Linn 'Knekt' keypad so if desired you can control a second room; and a new Linn system remote control. Also included is a pair of speaker cables with Linn plugs.
The Linn Unik speakers originality sold for $495 each and the two pairs we have, one black pair and one white pair, look as good as new. They can wall mounted. You’ll find little else to match the compact size of both the Classik and the Unik speakers along with the excellent performance they put out. Absolute winners in their day we sold many Linn Classiks and Unik speakers. We installed these specific pieces ourselves and have brought them back to the shop as trade–ins. Good second hand audio is somewhat rare these days so don’t hesitate to make your enquiry – we’re happy to answer any questions, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Linn 'Classik K' Music System NZ$ 995
Linn 'Unik' Speakers NZ$ 395 a pair, two pairs available in black and white
But as much as we have loved Linn, we’ve also been frustrated by their gradual drift away from the clients whose purchases built their company, into territory that holds less and less relevance to us or our clients. And ever more costly products when there are so many other companies out there who are now producing affordable components that everyone can enjoy such as that from NuForce.
Linn’s founder and owner Ivor Tiefenbrun came down to Dunedin and stayed a few days with us in 1999. He gave a wonderful presentation to a packed shop that people still talk about.
Ivor Tiefenbrun is a fantastic gentleman and the audio industry owes him much. But with Linn, it came to the point where we just could’nt find new products that stacked up against the other brands we have also run with over time. And let’s face it - no one company has a monopoly on sound quality or good ideas.
We’ve sat listening with our clients as the Meridian players and DSP speakers comfortably annihilated more costly Linn SACD players and active speakers. The Quad Electrostatics and Sonus faber speakers have done likewise at prices that make the glaswegian equivalents look extortionate. We’ve stood scratching our heads at the way a Well Tempered Turntable turntable ran rings around our own Linn LP12, despite the continual upgrades and set–ups we’ve thrown at it. We’ve been through a whole series of cartridges but the Dynavectors cleaned them all up.
Maybe we are missing something. Maybe Linn will get it together in the future. But the reality is, in the here and now of New Zealand, you have plenty of better alternatives and we ’d be failing in our job if we didn’t make you aware of them. It was the thrill of hearing music sound better that got us into Linn in the first place. And today, we are still finding that thrill – it is just that comes from other designers and manufacturers. You owe it to yourself to call or e-mail us. us and investigate what is going to be best for you.
Totally Wired Limited
The Terrace Houses
217 Stuart Street
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