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Klimax Exakt DSM Katalyst
2017-10-12, 13:44
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Klimax Exakt DSM Katalyst
Does anybody know if there will be a new version of Klimax Exakt DSM leveraging Katalyst DAC Architecture? Seem s to me that now it is available only for Klimax DSM and Klimax DS. Would be a great news to Akudorik and Akubarik customers that in this moment could have the Katalyst upgrade only for the speakers....

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2017-10-12, 13:54
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RE: Klimax Exakt DSM Katalyst
Ummm - the Exakt-only DSM has no DAC. You are referring to the DAC in the Akudorik and Akubarik integrated speakers, which is now Katalyst new, and can be upgraded.

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2017-10-12, 14:25
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RE: Klimax Exakt DSM Katalyst
Ah..ok... you are for sure right... can you help in understanding how the "analogue in" flows to Akudorik (for example)? https://www.linn.co.uk/music-systems/kli...sic-player If I connect an LP12 with a phono stage (suppose Uphorik) to Klimax Exakt DSM how the signal flows to on the Ethernet cable? My understanding was a conversion Analogue to digital...

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2017-10-12, 14:34 (This post was last modified: 2017-10-12 15:19 by timster.)
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RE: Klimax Exakt DSM Katalyst
Yes, [EDIT: not DS's as they have no inputs], all DSMs have an analogue to digitial converter (ADC, or A2D). This then gets processed in the digital domain, and in an Exakt set up gets sent down the Ethernet cable to the speakers or Xxaktbox.
Katalyst is a DAC - ie. it only applies going from the digital signal back to analogue, the last step before amplification, done either in the integrated 350 or Aku-speakers, or an Exaktbox.

EDIT: There has been a little bit of discussion as to whether Linn will apply a similar architecture as Katalyst DACs to the ADCs they use. Consensus seems to be that they are pretty good already, and the DAC process needs special attention in comparison. So perhaps if there would be any benefit it may not be worth the expense. But you never know.

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2017-10-12, 15:33
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RE: Klimax Exakt DSM Katalyst
General question, the Katalyst architecture includes a master clock upgrade (lower jitter). Does this just impact the DAC performance or would it also improve the Exaktlink output? Anyone compared?

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2017-10-12, 16:38
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RE: Klimax Exakt DSM Katalyst
Katalyst is DAC only. Nothing to do with the Exakt bits. (Pun intended)Sad

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2017-10-12, 16:52
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RE: Klimax Exakt DSM Katalyst
Thanks timster crystal clear!!! I was supposing wrongly that Katalyst was both AD and DA converter.

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2017-10-12, 18:57
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RE: Klimax Exakt DSM Katalyst
(2017-10-12 16:38)moomintroll Wrote:  Katalyst is DAC only. Nothing to do with the Exakt bits. (Pun intended)Sad

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But there is a clock in an EDSM - its the master for the system, I think.

So if Katalyst brings a better clock to the DAC, I think the question being asked is "should there be a better clock for EDSMs too".

Perhaps they already had the better clock? Smile

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2017-10-13, 11:53 (This post was last modified: 2017-10-13 14:10 by Music at Home.)
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RE: Klimax Exakt DSM Katalyst
(2017-10-12 18:57)sunbeamgls Wrote:  
(2017-10-12 16:38)moomintroll Wrote:  Katalyst is DAC only. Nothing to do with the Exakt bits. (Pun intended)Sad

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But there is a clock in an EDSM - its the master for the system, I think.

So if Katalyst brings a better clock to the DAC, I think the question being asked is "should there be a better clock for EDSMs too".

Perhaps they already had the better clock? Smile

That's right, an Exakt DSM must have a clock in order to determine the timing frequency of the Exaktlink output. What I'm curious about is if this Exakt clock is derived from the same "Master Clock" (improved as part of the suite of Katalyst changes) used to clock data to the DAC or completely different and independent and unchanged as a result of Katalyst.

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