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Linn Kairn Pro Power Supply v Serial Number
2017-06-19, 08:21
Post: #11
RE: Linn Kairn Pro Power Supply v Serial Number
(2017-06-17 14:55)Tendaberry Wrote:  
(2017-06-16 20:05)dazza2355 Wrote:  Hi Guys.

Linn confirm that my Kairn Pro is a 2000 vintage with slimline brilliant power supply fitted. Its not been back to them for service but I'm not bothered as its obvious this unit has been well looked after. It is in short immaculate. Just a few stubborn fingerprint marks and thats it.
I've now had a chance to test my Kairn Pro. There are no ERR messages on power up. The unit just reverts to its previous volume setting. I'm guessing this means battery is fine. I might open it to find out but for now I'll assume all is ok. Gotta say the Kairn is mouse quiet.
I'm using AUX 1 for LP12/LINTO. Tried AUX 2 & spookily preferred AUX 1. Not sure if thats a reality but hope it is. Sounds it to my ears anyway.
If i have one small concern it is this. Vinyl sounds a tad slow. It is incredibly detailed with a bigger deeper soundstage. Musicians are well positioned and separation is a joy. I use Mk 1 Kans (with Mk2 tweeters) on Mk 2 Stands and I've not heard my Kans sound like this before. Bass is taught and its all there. Kans are never going to knock your block off but wow, they sound good. I except they are an acquired taste but I love them.

So. All is good. Very good in-fact except for this one itch i'm trying not to scratch.....any thoughts?

System - LP12/Ekos/AT-F7 with Linto, Linn Kairn Pro, LK140.....& a Linn Classik K used for its Tuner & CD functions only and Linn Kans. Interconnects - Linn Blacks throughout. Speaker cable is Naim NACA4

Maybe a recap could do wonders? Those who have done it are very excited about the results.
Oh, and have you inverted the polarity?


Ooops. No. I've not inverted the polarity. Thanks T.
.........But whats a recap?
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2017-06-19, 14:59
Post: #12
RE: Linn Kairn Pro Power Supply v Serial Number
(2017-06-19 08:21)dazza2355 Wrote:  
(2017-06-17 14:55)Tendaberry Wrote:  
(2017-06-16 20:05)dazza2355 Wrote:  Hi Guys.

Linn confirm that my Kairn Pro is a 2000 vintage with slimline brilliant power supply fitted. Its not been back to them for service but I'm not bothered as its obvious this unit has been well looked after. It is in short immaculate. Just a few stubborn fingerprint marks and thats it.
I've now had a chance to test my Kairn Pro. There are no ERR messages on power up. The unit just reverts to its previous volume setting. I'm guessing this means battery is fine. I might open it to find out but for now I'll assume all is ok. Gotta say the Kairn is mouse quiet.
I'm using AUX 1 for LP12/LINTO. Tried AUX 2 & spookily preferred AUX 1. Not sure if thats a reality but hope it is. Sounds it to my ears anyway.
If i have one small concern it is this. Vinyl sounds a tad slow. It is incredibly detailed with a bigger deeper soundstage. Musicians are well positioned and separation is a joy. I use Mk 1 Kans (with Mk2 tweeters) on Mk 2 Stands and I've not heard my Kans sound like this before. Bass is taught and its all there. Kans are never going to knock your block off but wow, they sound good. I except they are an acquired taste but I love them.

So. All is good. Very good in-fact except for this one itch i'm trying not to scratch.....any thoughts?

System - LP12/Ekos/AT-F7 with Linto, Linn Kairn Pro, LK140.....& a Linn Classik K used for its Tuner & CD functions only and Linn Kans. Interconnects - Linn Blacks throughout. Speaker cable is Naim NACA4

Maybe a recap could do wonders? Those who have done it are very excited about the results.
Oh, and have you inverted the polarity?


Ooops. No. I've not inverted the polarity. Thanks T.
.........But whats a recap?

Recap is the replacement of the electrolytic capacitors. The electrolyte tends to dry up with age - after 10 - 20 years, depending on quality. It can make quite a big improvement on some occasions, less so on others. I recapped my 40 year old Naim NAC 12S, NAP 160 and HiCap about three years back and was surprised (and a bit annoyed, because of the 800 € cost!) to discover that I didn't hear any difference. Whether that had anything to do with the fact that the system had been boxed and not used for the previous 15 years, or whether during that time my hearing had deteriorated / my ability to listen critically had been lost, I have no idea.

Cheers

Roy

Main System: 1976 LP12 (with some updates till 1985), DV20X2L, ADSM Renew, Kaber Active X-over + 3x LK140, K600, Kabers, (Naim CD 5SI, no longer actively used)
Reserve System: Naim NAC 12S (with MC boards), HiCap, NAP 160, NAC4, Linn Sara 9s
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2017-06-26, 11:19
Post: #13
RE: Linn Kairn Pro Power Supply v Serial Number
(2017-06-19 14:59)RMA Wrote:  
(2017-06-19 08:21)dazza2355 Wrote:  
(2017-06-17 14:55)Tendaberry Wrote:  
(2017-06-16 20:05)dazza2355 Wrote:  Hi Guys.

Linn confirm that my Kairn Pro is a 2000 vintage with slimline brilliant power supply fitted. Its not been back to them for service but I'm not bothered as its obvious this unit has been well looked after. It is in short immaculate. Just a few stubborn fingerprint marks and thats it.
I've now had a chance to test my Kairn Pro. There are no ERR messages on power up. The unit just reverts to its previous volume setting. I'm guessing this means battery is fine. I might open it to find out but for now I'll assume all is ok. Gotta say the Kairn is mouse quiet.
I'm using AUX 1 for LP12/LINTO. Tried AUX 2 & spookily preferred AUX 1. Not sure if thats a reality but hope it is. Sounds it to my ears anyway.
If i have one small concern it is this. Vinyl sounds a tad slow. It is incredibly detailed with a bigger deeper soundstage. Musicians are well positioned and separation is a joy. I use Mk 1 Kans (with Mk2 tweeters) on Mk 2 Stands and I've not heard my Kans sound like this before. Bass is taught and its all there. Kans are never going to knock your block off but wow, they sound good. I except they are an acquired taste but I love them.

So. All is good. Very good in-fact except for this one itch i'm trying not to scratch.....any thoughts?

System - LP12/Ekos/AT-F7 with Linto, Linn Kairn Pro, LK140.....& a Linn Classik K used for its Tuner & CD functions only and Linn Kans. Interconnects - Linn Blacks throughout. Speaker cable is Naim NACA4

Maybe a recap could do wonders? Those who have done it are very excited about the results.
Oh, and have you inverted the polarity?


Ooops. No. I've not inverted the polarity. Thanks T.
.........But whats a recap?

Recap is the replacement of the electrolytic capacitors. The electrolyte tends to dry up with age - after 10 - 20 years, depending on quality. It can make quite a big improvement on some occasions, less so on others. I recapped my 40 year old Naim NAC 12S, NAP 160 and HiCap about three years back and was surprised (and a bit annoyed, because of the 800 € cost!) to discover that I didn't hear any difference. Whether that had anything to do with the fact that the system had been boxed and not used for the previous 15 years, or whether during that time my hearing had deteriorated / my ability to listen critically had been lost, I have no idea.

Cheers

Roy

Thanks T

Polarity inverted. Can't say I've noticed a difference though!

However, before I did that I played a few album tracks to convince myself the sluggish sound I was hearing wasn't imagined. Gotta say I must have been having a bad day as the system sounded super. I'm a happier now. Much happier.

I've a favour to ask the forum.
Can someone please point me in the direction of a used Linn Kairn remote control unit. I'd like to purchase one
I'm using my Linn Classik K remote. It does most of what is necessary but I'd reallly like a Kairn remote. I recently missed one on eBay but these are are beasts.
A heads up would be much appreciated

Thanks
Dazza
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2017-06-26, 16:44 (This post was last modified: 2017-06-26 16:46 by mcgillroy.)
Post: #14
RE: Linn Kairn Pro Power Supply v Serial Number
This is a very nice system. The Kairn is great and always amazing to hear how it transforms a chain. Add some silvers and NACA5 eventually and it is almost endgame Wink

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2017-12-03, 20:50
Post: #15
RE: Linn Kairn Pro Power Supply v Serial Number
Folks. Thank you for all your feedback. I took it all onboard and am a happy bunny. However, the upgrade bug has bitten me again. I thought it would and it has. Im enjoying the music BUT i think there is a piece missing.
Since my last posts I went against some advice and sold my almost new AT-F7 (just couldn't get on with it) and my Ekos MK 1 is now home to a lovely new Dynavector DV20XL and playing some great tunes. My conundrum is now this. After making the decision to revisit my music system after three or more decades and re-build the amplification using LINN Legacy products I am at the point of wanting more!
The LP12 will be 'cirkused' next spring and Im on the look out for a Lingo 2 or failing finding this rare beats, consider a new Mose/Hercules. The LP12's Valhalla has been serviced by Class A so is as good as it can be. I run a late Linto/late Kairn/LK140/Classik/Linn Kan Mk 1 system with Naim A4 speaker cable and Linn Black Interconnects.
As the system sings more I find Im looking for more 'slam' and frankly I don't know what next step would suit best to give me this. My main source is vinyl but I wouldn't mind streaming in the near future but this is not essential. I guess I'm asking what the upgrade path for perhaps changing the LK140 would be or perhaps changing the speakers (Kudos X2 are a favourite of mine) as the Kans, glorious as they are (and I appreciate they are marmite) are notoriously difficult to drive. If Im honest my old Naim 72/140/Hi Cap drove them better than the LK140 but that's in the past so now what the hell do i do?......and I better say now I'm not bothered about going active. Passive is fine for me.

Any help would be greatly appreciated. I can't believe I've been bitten again quite so quickly but the LP12/ Ekos/DV20XL is such an engaging combo I'm wanting more.

Thank you and look forward to some of your terrific help
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