Linn officially launches to the world their all-new flagship loudspeaker, the Linn 360. It features a new cabinet, new drive units, new electronics, new everything.
Linn 360 – Audibly Invisible, Visibly Remarkable.
The Linn 360 is audibly invisible. It produces a performance with unprecedented clarity and realism, while being entirely devoid of sonic colouration. Incorporating innovative drive unit and amplifier technologies, 360 turns out Linn’s lowest ever levels of audible distortion. The honed curves of its cabinet are partnered with meticulously matched drive units to deliver the cleanest possible dispersion characteristics.
All that is experienced with 360 is sound-stage. Vocals are suspended in space, while true-to-life scale and depth leave you utterly devoid of the sense you are listening to a pair of stereo speakers.
360 is visibly remarkable. Its curvaceous cabinet, intricately machined trim, and range of dynamic finishes combine to present an overall familiar aesthetic. At the same time, it radiates ultra-modern flair and contemporary class.
WHAT GILAD TIEFENBRUN, CEO OF LINN, HAS TO SAY
“Decades ago, my father astonished a journalist when, upon being asked how – and if – music reproduction could get any better, he replied that he believed that we were only 1% along the road to making music at home as involving and impactful as live performance.
As counter-intuitive as it sounds, we have found that the differences we have been able to achieve in our products are actually getting bigger. Much bigger. Because as we reveal more of the tiny details that lend realism to the music, the listener is able to connect with its emotional content in a way that they didn’t realise was possible.
Our new 360 loudspeaker comprehensively demonstrates this step-change. It is without a doubt the finest loudspeaker we have ever made; streets ahead of our previous benchmark – and we are thrilled to share it with the world today.”
Critical to 360’s sonic character, is the wholesale elimination of audible distortion. It’s brought about by the cutting-edge material science which drove development of the drive units. Equally important is their subsequent integration with Linn’s latest amplifier technologies in both the Bass System and new 360 Array.
When these acoustic and electronic innovations are deployed alongside Linn’s unique and established loudspeaker technologies – Exakt and Space Optimisation – 360 becomes audibly invisible.
The tweeter is the first 19mm Beryllium dome seen in the audio industry. Tooled by Linn, this drive now has all of its distortion and resonance pushed far above the human hearing range. In fact, beyond even the range detectable by our engineers’ measurement system. The tweeter produces a startlingly clean and open sound; providing an open window to the higher frequencies.
The midrange dome is crafted from thin-ply, woven carbon fibre. This cutting-edge composite originally utilised by NASA for their Mars rover. It provides the perfect mix of stiffness and lightness. Similar to the tweeter, any inherent resonance and distortion is pushed almost three octaves above audible range.
Both upper and lower bass drive units employ an aluminium-magnesium alloy, also selected for its more-than-ample stiffness. This ensures precise piston-like behaviour without deviation.
The pair of lower bass drivers have greater range and more than double the excursion than our previous maximum. The bass drive units are steadfast and adept. They can be pushed loud and driven hard whilst remaining firmly under control.
Drive Units Summary
360 produces exceptionally pure sound with astonishing clarity and transparency. This is possible due to the hardness, great inherent strength, and low-mass of the futuristic materials deployed throughout the suite of drive units. Their diaphragms don’t colour the sound they generate in any audible, or measurable, way – you only hear the music.
360 Is Bigger, And Better, At Bass
The Bass System delivers more impact, efficiency and dramatically less distortion thanks to the new Power DAC technology. Built from the ground up, this new Linn technology combines DAC and amp into a single step. Thus, it extends the digital path and reduces loss.
Power DAC is highly efficient, ultra-low-noise, and provides the perfect platform for driving the lower bass system in 360. When coupled with the prodigious excursion capability of the matched lower bass drive units, 360 produces seismic, realistic and distortion-free bass that will seriously move you.
360 ARRAY: ADAPTIVE BIAS CONTROL
Our new Adaptive Bias Control amplifier technology is critical to the superlative performance of tweeter, midrange and upper bass drive units – comprising the all-new 360 Array. Adaptive Bias Control eliminates distortion from the amplifiers using real-time, dynamic management and correction; ensuring that they behave at their absolute optimum in all scenarios – for all types of music, at all kinds of listening levels, and at all times.
360 possesses extraordinary dispersion characteristics. The curvaceous front of each speaker tapers from bottom to top. The shaped radii are specifically matched to each individual drive unit. The speakers’ constituent drive units are placed perfectly flush within this undulating baffle, so that they emanate sound, out and away from the speaker, entirely without obstruction. These elements result in a speaker which produces precisely the same tonality in every direction, reinforcing the sound-stage of the original recording.
Sumptuous form conscientiously follows function in a visibly remarkable aesthetic that’s lightyears ahead of traditional cabinet design.
The shapely and extremely robust cabinet is built up from scrupulously folded and formed 3D laminates – pushing and exceeding the limitations of ply engineering to construct a fluid front baffle which reaches right around either side of the speaker.
Machined into the 360 Array trim piece are a series of concentric arcs – themselves redolent of the grooves of a vinyl record in a conscientious nod to our origins and the Sondek LP12 turntable upon which Linn was founded. These grooves are set adjacent to a tweeter protector, which draws the eye in with its chrome-plated Linn icon feature. The engineered trim is machined inhouse from 5754-grade aluminium, and incorporates ingenious and subtle waveguides to help facilitate optimum performance from the drive units which they surround.
Designed expressly for 360, The Glasgow Collection is a range of curated cabinet finishes, that demonstrate pride in our origins and celebrate our Scottish home. These three special finishes are dynamic and complex; colour and texture play off the curves of the 360 cabinet under different lighting conditions and when viewed from different angles. The Classic Collection offers a more subtle, monochrome palette: the timeless elegance of Piano Black, and the minimalist chic of Alpine White.
Linn 360 Pricing, Availability and Variants
360 is available in an Exakt Integrated variant (for use in conjunction with a Linn DSM Network Music Player), with all crossover, amplification and digital-to-analogue conversion circuitry located within in the speaker itself utilising our groundbreaking Exakt technology throughout. 360 is also available in a Passive with Aktiv Bass (PWAB) variant, allowing use in conjunction with 3rd-party amplification or an all-external Linn Exakt system using Exaktbox.
Orders can now be placed for both 360 Exakt Integrated and 360 PWAB. The suggested retail price is €87,500 and €55,000 for the Linn 360 Exakt Integrated and the Linn 360 PWAB, respectively (excluding tax).
The first demonstration models have already been delivered to many of our retail locations worldwide. Book a demonstration here (local restrictions permitting): www.linn.co.uk
The stated retail price of the reviewed device is valid as of the time of the review and is subject to change.