Originally Posted by Alimentall
Hey, but the attitude, at least, is free!
As one of my [ex] Linn owners said "I kinda thought they'd treat you nice once you paid the money, but they don't!" He got screwed on a warranty claim because they "couldn't find" one of his warranty extension cards for the one piece that broke *one month* out of the first year, but well within the three year total warranty. They got the other 4 or 5, however. Who makes a $3000+ preamp that breaks in 13 months, dishonors the warranty and charges the customer $200+ to fix it? Linn!
Seriously? I think Linn is like a pass/fail intelligence test. It's kind of like "just *how* gullible* are people?" I opened up a $3000 2150 amp and it didn't have as much parts quality as a $400 NHT monoblock. Sound or no, it cost practically *nothing* in parts to build. Maybe this is how they paid for their robotic warehouse? I mean, c'mon, they make a $7500 DVD player without HDMI. Their Classic 5.1 system is 75W/ch in theory, but measured at 45W in stereo which translates into roughly 18W/ch all channels driven. For $3K. The stuff makes Krell look like a stone cold bargain. I'd buy Lamm's new $126,290 amp before I bought my first piece of Linn gear. And I'd *certainly* get the NAD M5 or M55 over a $20K Linn even if it were the same price. At least Meridian, while expensive, has unique capabilities and technologies and even long term upgradeability.
IMO, of course
you have in the past offered constructive advice and suggestions in the few posts that I have made, and for that I am grateful. However, when I read this post I feel compelled to post something that attempts to redress the balance.
I have had a Linn Ikemi CD player for years. It has been served me both in the UK, where I originally bought it, and then after shipping it to Atlanta where I relocated - here in the US without fault. The unit is solidly constructed and has stood the test of time. I have always been satisfied with the performance.
Likewise, I have heard the old CD12 many many times and to this day never cease to be amazed by its 'liquid' performance or its construction.
On the other hand, I have heard the most expensive all active Linn setups and been very disappointed. I have for one have never been sold on Linn Speakers. However, people I trust and still take advice from in the UK (a Linn dealer no less) tells me that the Artikulat and Komri are something special (they know I have no intent to buy such a system). They also tell me the Komponent lifestyle system is a waste of money and there are much better alternatives.
I have experienced Linn dealers in the UK that are both wonderfully down to earth people and dealers that I have walked straight in and then back out again because their superior attitude was so prevalent you could cut a knife with it.
I have experienced exactly the same in the US - both good and bad. I have had just as many good and bad experiences with the dealers of other brands. I see that as a reflection of the dealer, not of the equipment they sell.
While your opinions are your own and you have every right to express them, you might want to at least consider that your experiences do not imply some universal truth. Furthermore - to imply that somehow I have failed some intelligence test for choosing a Linn product shows a lack of tolerance for the opinions of others in an area in which the most important assessment of performance is subjective.
As for the original subject matter at hand, my friendly UK dealer (whom I trust implicitly because his immediate observations are things I find to be true long term ) tells me that the Unidisk audio performance with CD is very good - but not quite as good as the CD12. Of course, this is a context that is appropriate for me because he knows how much I love the CD12.
Note: Edited for a typo in my opening paragraph