Linn formats

In a Linn recording, the company's legendary audio expertise is employed to capture the unique atmosphere and emotion of the original live performance. Linn recordings are all made to the highest specification currently possible, using the best available equipment. Linn's precision engineering and commitment to quality consistently delivers recordings that provide the very best sound your player can offer.

The Linn catalogue currently has recordings available in three different formats. CD (including various additional audio enhancements noted below) Vinyl and Download (available in various file formats and sizes noted below).

CD

CDThe Compact Disc has come a long way since it was initially introduced. Linn has used its expertise in sound recording to use the CD medium to the full and offers discs which all play back in regular CD players whilst offering various enhancements which can be exploited on more specialist disc playing products. The enhancements include SACD and HDCD discs.

CD/SACD


SACDAll Linn SACD (Super Audio Compact Disc) discs can be played on all CD players, with the high definition layer only available when a compatible player is used. All Linn's SACDs are hybrid discs. Your disc player product manual should contain information telling you if your player is SACD capable. If you do not yet have a player with SACD capabilities you can still benefit from the best sound available on any CD player. Hybrid discs are recorded on two layers, much like a DVD disc, one layer has a standard CD recording and the second layer is used for the SACD recording. A standard CD player will automatically select and play the CD recording as if it were a normal CD. However, the SACD recordings offer amazing clarity with an unbeatable depth of detail that allows the listener to experience music with striking realism and emotional power. For a truly thrilling SACD experience listen to a Linn SACD on a Linn player. Many SACD discs, additionally, offer multichannel recordings and these discs can be played back in multichannel or standard two channel mode. Consult your product user manual for information regarding selection of the various playback audio formats available from your player.

CD/HDCD

HDCD

All Linn HDCD discs can be played on all CD players, with the high definition enhancement only available when a compatible player is used. The player product manual should contain information telling you if your player is HDCD capable. HDCD (High Definition Compatible Digital) encoded recordings provide more dynamic range which helps bring the recordings to life. In effect the dynamic range is stretched by a clever use of a patented recording technique. When your player recognises this disc type it switches in the appropriate decoding circuitry and reconstructs the original musical signal.

VINYL

The original, and some say the best, high quality music recording system. Linn's top quality pressings are available on 180 gram VINYL and are manufactured by the prestigious Pallas firm in Germany, which is highly regarded by vinyl lovers everywhere. When played on a high quality record player these discs deliver a sound quality that is unmatched by any other domestic analogue system. People that have record collections just keep adding to them. In recognition of this fact we have done all we can to deliver what we feel is the best that is possible today. The surface noise on our LPs is as low as we can make and any minor imperfections are easily ignored when the music is delivered in such a seductive way.

DOWNLOAD

Linn makes download files available in three quality levels: Studio Master (best), CD Quality (better) and MP3 (good).

Did you know?

When you purchase a download you can also download the album cover art for free!

You should select the level you require based on the sound quality you desire. Do remember though, the better the sound quality the larger the download file size.   

You will find different download choices on this site - Studio Master FLAC/ALAC, CD quality FLAC/ALAC and MP3.

Both ALAC and FLAC are open formats so if you wish to convert them to a different format you can do so.  All players should be able to play MP3 files.

If you are intending to play your downloads through a Linn DS digital music player, you can play all the file formats on offer so which you choose is up to you!

Studio Master FLAC/ALAC

If absolute sound quality is what you want then this file is best for you.

Studio Master files are lossless at various high sample rates, for example, 44.1KHz, 48KHz, 88.2KHz, 96KHz and 192KHz (check each title for actual details).  The format will be dependent on the actual recording method we used originally. These files offer true studio quality and are far higher in quality than can be achieved on CD.

Where a 192KHz Studio Master is offered, this is the true recording master.  Because the majority of soundcards and some media players are only capable of playing back at sample rates of up to 96KHz, we also make a 96KHz Studio Master available for these albums so all customers can still enjoy the benefits of hi-res sound.

Please note also that the 192KHz files are approximately twice the size of a 96KHz Studio Master and may consequently take up to twice as long to download. 

FLAC/ALAC files can be imported into many media players, such as any Linn DS digital music player.  All the Linn DS players are fully 192KHz compatible and will be able to play these files as easily as the 88.2KHz Studio Masters.

There are many other players available: iTunes supports ALAC and Songbird, Media Monkey and Foobar support FLAC.  Microsoft does not yet support high bit-rate FLAC/ALAC, so you will need to convert the files if you wish to use Windows Media Player.  There is free conversion software available on the web.

Before making any download purchase is very important to check using the TEST FILES to see whether your system is compatible.

 

CD Quality FLAC/ALAC

If CD sound quality is what you want then this file is best for you.  

FLAC/ALAC are lossless formats which allow us to compress the music in a lossless manner ensuring that you get all the benefit of a full bandwidth audio performance, but with a file size that is around half that of a normal CD.

FLAC/ALAC files can be imported and played on a variety of media players, such as any Linn DS digital music player.  There are many other players available: iTunes supports ALAC and Songbird, Media Monkey and Foobar support FLAC.  Microsoft does not yet support high bit-rate FLAC/ALAC, so you will need to convert the files if you wish to use Windows Media Player.  There is free conversion software available on the web.

Before making any download purchase is very important to check using the TEST FILES to see whether your system is compatible.

MP3

This file type should work with all computer types including PC, Mac and Linux. This is similar to what most other download sites refer to as "CD" quality. In fact, what they normally mean is that the file is digital, most other compressed music delivery sites deliver very poor audio quality. The audio that we offer is compressed but only to the point that sound quality doesn't suffer unduly (320kbps compared to other sites which are 128kbps).

If the download speed of your internet connection is a concern then this file is best for you. This type of download file is the only one to consider if you have dial up, the others are much too large to download over a dial up connection.