What is it?
is a way to improve sound
from any Linn DS/DSM by compensating for
acoustics, to an impressive degree! - It even works on simple, passive
systems and can make non-optimal speaker positions actually sound very good!
There's no negative side-effect to this advance at
all, unlike conventional tone controls.
Most benefits can be enjoyed after running simple Linn software (which dealers
tweakers may be able to improve manually - but tweaking is not absolutely
After that, it's like another revolution!
is a further refinement which compensates for driver behaviour
within a growing
range of loudspeakers. It works with Exakt to optimise its digital
crossover function which, in conjunction with active drive (a dedicated
for each drive unit: no conventional crossover) unleashes a
What does it do?
SPACE can often bring a boomy room under control, and
many clients report hearing
and exciting recorded ambiance that were previously hidden by room effects,
subtle! These include modes (resonances due to room shape, size, and
placement within it) and reverberent energy - e.g. high frequency splash
glass, or the dullness from over-furnishing, can be improved by HF shelving.
Some may feel their bass reduces when
first using SPACE, due to it flattening 20+ dB
bass humps in their room! The smoothed bass can be shelved up to
taste and the initial "cold turkey" feeling of bass deprivation. This is usually
by a realisation that they're hearing far more musical, deep bass - actual
SPACE Optimisation can be further
tweaked manually by expert users or your Linn
dealer - Avalon
will gladly oblige in Bahrain.
The chipset within Linn DS / DSM has a capability
far beyond simply interpreting e.g.
FLAC files of digitised music. So during the digital
processing of normal play (streaming),
it can also apply EQ in a precise, high-resolution manner, unlike any
How can I do it?
You need (a) Linn DS or DSM player (Kiko/Majik/Akurate/Klimax)
and (b) a networked
laptop to enter your particular details into Linn's
Konfig - if in doubt, ask your
Whilst other companies compel you to use
measurement microphones, which could cause
problems for many non-technical people, Linn uses rather simple software which
which speakers you're using and to enter certain room measurements.
The Linn software models how your speakers will
likely interact with your room, and sets
up the DS or DSM's internal processing
to largely compensate for the predicted bad
acoustic behaviour. Result: no
bad behaviour - instead, a revelation!
Optimisation applied to 2 different systems with manual tweaks
Inspired by our progress I tackled the living
room system, applying all I have learned about SPACE.
It turned out to be very successful indeed. There were some huge bass bumps that
I managed to
quite well (see attached curves). I ignored what SPACE gave me as defaults and
a rather flat
response curve up to 140 Hz, so lean in fact that I reduced treble by 0.5 dB
up to 8 kHz...
I now do
have TREBLE, and plenty of it.
I have SPACE, and heaps of it. Width,depth but not as much height.
Still, you get a good sense for the room the music was recorded in.
3. Can pretty
much move around the room and get good sound all over.
4. Voices and
instruments are really good and sculpted, even though they don't have the
visceral quality that I get from the (SPACEd mega-system), naturally.
5. Bass is now
very controlled again… have not looked above 140 Hz - could be some more
6. I can
finally hear and benefit from (using a) Renew/1 AND the
All this is
very, very good and much better than I would ever have expected. Even more
(because) any listening position is less than ideal and the room itself hardly
its very large tiled area, TV behind the stereo and four large floor-to-ceiling
windows - drove me
I'm sitting here
at the far end of the room, not even centered between the speakers, and the
pretty awesome. I guess I mentioned that before…
Thanks to you and thanks to Linn for SPACE.
It really has made a big difference.
AW - June
2015 - Bahrain
A SPACE system can be demonstrated in Amwaj, Bahrain -
bookable in advance, please email me as per main page
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