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Linn's Komponent Speakers Alhambra CA

To power the Komponent system, Linn offers the equally stylish, comparably compact Unidisk SC DVD player/surround processor and the Chakra C 5100 five-channel amplifier. Both measure a mere 3.2 inches high.

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Linn's Komponent Speakers

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January 1, 2006 By Brent Butterworth

It is never said of cars, nor watches, nor houses. So why must it be true of audio equipment?

I speak of the audio industry adage that the better something looks, the worse it performs. Although those handsome yet horrible-sounding home-theater-in-a-box systems at Best Buy provide anecdotal evidence to support this thesis, audio researchers have yet to postulate a scientific principle that proves a stylish system cannot sound good.

To power the Komponent system, Linn offers the equally stylish, comparably compact Unidisk SC DVD player/surround processor and the Chakra C 5100 five-channel amplifier. Both measure a mere 3.2 inches high. (Click image to enlarge)
The audio experts at Linn certainly do not hew to the “if it looks good, it’s bad” rule. The company’s new Komponent speaker system shows the influence of both a talented industrial designer and an imaginative acoustical engineer. Three tones of gray grace the speakers’ face: medium gray for the body, dark gray for the grille, and light gray for the ring surrounding the grille. The speakers’ triangulated cabinet and convex sides not only look distinctive, they improve the sound by adding structural rigidity and minimizing sound resonances inside the speaker.

Audiophiles prefer freestanding speakers; the other 99.99 percent of the population despises them. Wisely, Linn gives the Komponent owner both options, and even offers a radically styled, saucer-shaped subwoofer that can be placed on the floor or attached to a wall.

Like the other speakers in the line, the Komponent 104 employs Linn’s 2K driver array—small and large tweeters mounted together in an aluminum baffle, which is positioned in front of a 4-inch midrange driver. (Click image to enlarge)
Most home-theater-in-a-box systems come with a DVD receiver, a device that combines a DVD player and an A/V receiver into one chassis. Linn’s take on the DVD receiver is the combo of the Unidisk SC DVD player/surround processor and the Chakra five-channel amplifier. The Unidisk SC plays practically any type of disc you might own. It also controls the volume of your system, and performs Dolby Digital, Dolby Pro Logic II, and DTS decoding. And it connects to other source devices, such as a cable box, a satellite receiver, an AM/FM tuner, or an iPod.

Next in the signal chain is the Chakra C 5100 amplifier, which provides 100 watts of power for each of five channels. Its tiny chassis incorporates an efficient switching power supply, and much of its amplification circuitry sits idle except during especially loud passages. Its entire chassis—two intricately machined pieces of solid aluminum—serves as a heat sink. Despite its compact size, the Chakra runs incredibly cool; even the loudest scenes from action-movie DVDs barely warm its top plate.I begin my Komponent experience by wall-mounting one Komponent 110 speaker on each side of my projection screen, and a Komponent 106 LCR speaker undernea...

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