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CHAKRA 500 Twin

Hi-Fi Choice UK, January 2003
Product Of The Year Award to

- Linn Klimax Twin -

"It's dangerously honest - don't expect a less than superb source or preamp to have its limitations smoothed over, the Linn is ruthlessly transparent. It's also quicksilver-fast and has seemingly titanic reserves of power. Don't let the elegance of the case fool you; this is a killer amp and it takes no prisoners."

Audiophile Record Service, October 2002:
"...The Linn Klimax Twin is one of the most beautiful and definitely best sounding amplifiers in its price range. It offers near perfect musicality, rhythm and timing and will easily satisfy the most discriminating customers. Who still buys amps with cooking pot transformers must do so for reasons beyond the music..." USA, September 2002:
"The Klimax Twin amplifier is my favorite solid-state amplifier that I have heard to date. It is a gem that will make audiophiles salivate without alienating the average enthusiast who doesn't want to get geeky about their music but still wants every single ounce of information possible. Overall, the high frequencies of the Twin were the best and most naturally open I have ever heard from an amplifier in any price range. The midrange was detailed yet incredibly sweet, reminiscent of tubes without the drawbacks associated. The low frequencies were well controlled and had great quickness. I was very impressed and considered the overall balance to be remarkable..In a world of incredible hulks, this unit is more like Bruce Lee. Anyone who appreciates modern design will be enchanted by the look of this audio component. At $9k (now $11k) for two channels of amplification, this product is not cheap, which makes it perhaps the amplifier for those that can afford a life void of compromise."

The KLIMAX CHAKRA 500 Twin is an exceptional stereo power amplifier which features Linn's new CHAKRA audio circuitry and combines outstanding performance with stunning looks. Designed for use as a stand-alone stereo power amplifier or in multiamplifier and multi-channel high quality entertainment systems, the KLIMAX CHAKRA 500 Twin delivers consistent performance, controlled power and pure sound and is simply the finest stereo power amplifier Linn has ever made.

The KLIMAX Twin features Linn's latest CHAKRA audio circuitry, a proprietary new high-efficiency topology which delivers precisely controlled power at all listening levels. Offering signal pitch-accuracy, ultra-linear and clean power delivery, thermal and power efficiency and reliability, the patented circuitry deploys up to 100 W into 8 ohms and 200 W into 4 ohms of clean silent two-channel power from a cool-running LP sleeve sized product, less than 5 cm thick that weights less than 10 kilos.

The machined-from-solid clamshell construction of the KLIMAX CHAKRA 500 Twin casework is a beautiful and unique design that allows a variety of installation options for music and cinema applications. The compact case housing the KLIMAX CHAKRA 500 Twin protects, screens and stabilises the internal electronics and forms a heat exchanger that dissipates the power from the amplifier circuitry. A central cooling channel and low-noise fan assist cooling during operation.

Inside the KLIMAX CHAKRA 500 Twin, two electrically and mechanically isolated circuit boards - one is a unique Linn Silent Power Switch-Mode Power Supply, the other is the twin channel CHAKRA audio circuitry - provide unsurpassed twin channel performance from a single compact audio component.

Reference quality stereo power amplifier

Input Connectors
Unbalanced: WBT Phono
    Balanced: Neutric XLR

Pin Connections
Phono: Inner = Hot, Outer = Cold
XLR: Pin 1 = 0V, Pin 2 = Hot, Pin 3 = Cold

Input Impedance
Unbalanced: 7800 Ohms
    Balanced: 7800 Ohms

Unbalanced: 28.6 db
    Balanced: 22.6 db

Input Level At Clipping
Unbalanced: 1.05 Vrms
    Balanced: 2.10 Vrms

Signal Sensing Threshold
> 100 uV

Output Connectors
Standard: Neutrik
Optional: Binding Posts

Output Power
100 W into 8 Ohms per channel
200 W into 4 Ohms per channel

Load Tolerance
Unconditionally stable into all speakers

Harmonic distortion
< 0.01 %

Full Power Bandwidth
5.3 Hz ~ 37 kHz

Small-Signal (1W) Bandwidth
not specified

Peak Output Voltage
40 V

Fuse Rating
250 V, T6.3 A

Mains Input Range
90~253 Vac, 50/60 Hz

Mains Draw
Typical: 30 Watts
Maximum: 1000 Watts
Standby: 13 Watts  

13.8" W, 13.9" D, 2.3" H

20 lbs

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