Linn Series 3 Powered Wireless Loudspeakers Announced – welcome to Stylish-fi

High-fidelity of the no -box count variety is getting more and more hyped as companies such as Linn have started to recognize – what I’m going to coin as – the new stylish-fi market, and their new $3,700 USD ($6,850 USD/pair) Series 3 all-in-one wireless speaker seems directly targeted at it.

Stylish-fi is where hi-fi meets lifestyle in a hip, design-and-specification-oriented product category that Bowers & Wilkins and Devialet have been seriously coveting with their Formation Duo and Phantom lines respectively.

This isn’t about fussing over several boxes, masses of cables, awkward chrome racks or having a PhD in in setting up computer-based networks and music libraries… it’s about plug-n-play with looks that that fit into modern, sleek decor and deliver on high-resolution wireless playback, and audiophile-grade sonics. Features which more and more couples and families are demanding for their music centres. No more Bose docks. Europe is content to be leading the way here with talk of better visual-design integration at Munich from attendees when I was there two years ago – and it seems Linn has been listening.

The new Series 3 is “hand-built at the Linn factory in Scotland” according to the company and is built to be Linn app-controlled via smartphone or tablet – nothing new there – but it also features six smart-buttons on the speakers and voice commands when using a voice assistant. High-end seems to finally to be taking a page directly from consumer-grade audio. Streaming services such as TIDAL and Qobuz, Spotify, TuneIn, etc. is included as is Apple AirPlay support and Roon functionality. Wi-fi, Bluetooth and 24-bit high-resolution audio gets the nod. It also has HDMI ARC for “those choosing to improve the sound of their TV.” Series 3 speakers can “create a multi-room system by placing one in different rooms to play together or independently.”

Linn is touting the Series 3 as its first product with plug and play setup which doesn’t require specialist installation. “You can take it home, plug it in and start listening immediately,” says the company. Launching with a ‘Harrods Exclusive’ gold grille, Series 3 is also available with a chrome grille and will be available through the wider Linn network of specialist retailers from 2020.

From the press release

Gilad Tiefenbrun, Linn Managing Director said, “Series 3 is the culmination of nearly 50 years of audio innovation and Scottish precision engineering, driven by our unwavering passion for music. Offering high performance audio quality combined with the convenience of wireless,  Series 3 will change expectations of what wireless speakers are capable of. Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, your own music collection… wherever your music comes from, Series 3 will make you fall in love with it all over again.”  

Series 3 blends timeless elegance with precision engineering in a stylish new aesthetic with substance to match its style: its flowing curves and natural materials have been carefully selected for their audio properties, ensuring that it is a feast for the ears as well as the eyes. Using Linn’s own patented Exakt technology, first developed for its flagship Klimax System, Series 3 ensures music arrives at the ear perfectly timed so you can enjoy the same natural sound as was recorded by the artist.

Specifications

  • Speaker: Linn Series 3 (301), Linn Series 3 Partner (302) – Connects via Exakt Link
  • Main features: Wireless integrated Linn DSM player, On board amps, Exakt digital crossover
  • Speaker Type: 2-way
  • Inputs: Wi-Fi, Ethernet, Bluetooth, HDMI ARC, Exakt Link
  • Audio formats: FLAC, ALAC, WAV, MP3, WMA (except lossless), AIFF, AAC, OGG
  • Resolution: Up to 24-bit/192 kHz
  • Space Optimisation: Compatible
  • On-board Amps: 2 x 100W Class-D
  • Power consumption: 95 W (max)
  • Standby consumption: 11 W
  • Crossover: Exakt linear phase digital
  • Bass system: Augmented infinite baffle
  • Drive Units: Tweeter : 19mm silk dome, Bass/Mid : 160 mm long throw
  • Cabinet finish: White mineral casting
  • Grille finish: Chrome, Gold
  • Cabinet volume: 6.5 litres
  • Max SPL: 101 dB
  • Dimensions: W: 250mm, H: 296mm, D: 206mm
  • Weight: 6.9 kg

COMPANY INFO
Linn

COMMENTS
volvic's picture

I love Linn products, pretty much most of my hi-fi gear is late 90's early 2000's gear, why I even own two LP-12's. So it was a little disappointing when they dropped the CD player in favor of streaming, one who follows the company as much as I do could predict lifestyle products weren't too far off. First came the Kiko now these speakers. I never heard the Kiko, not sure they still make it, it was not designed for users like myself it was designed as a lifestyle product. I have no doubt these new speakers are lovely and will fit into any decor I'm just trying to figure out who the target audience is? Most people with vast sums of cash that I know are happy to set up a Sonos in their house and be done. My hi-fi buddies would rather spend this kind of cash and buy a pair of Harbeth speakers rather than these. Maybe I am missing something, I hope they sell loads but how I miss the Linn that created the Kremlin, Ikemi, CD12 and the Troika.

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