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Linn Sneaky Music DS Network Streamer + Amplifier


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Warranty length 5 Years
Brand Linn
Product Award What HiFi Award 5 Stars

Tech Specs

• Dimensions (H) 44.5 mm x (W) 345 mm x (D) 274 mm
(H) 1.8 inches x (W) 13.6 inches x (D) 10.8 inches
(can be positioned horizontally or vertically)
• Weight 2.7 kg / 6 lb
• Mains supply voltage 100 – 120 V ac (±10%) 50 – 60 Hz
(auto ranging) 200 – 240 V ac (±10%) 50 – 60 Hz
Fuse 250 V, T1.6 A (not user replaceable)
• Power consumption
standby 10 W
operational 14 W
maximum continuous 120 W
•Supported file types  FLAC, ALAC, WAV, MP3, WMA (except lossless), AIFF, 
• Audio sample rates 7.35 k, 8 k, 11.025 k, 12 k, 14.7 k, 16 k, 22.05 k, 24 
k, 29.4 k, 32 k, 44.1 k, 48 k, 88.2 k, 96 k, 176.4 k, 192 k
• Word depths 16 – 24 bits
• Ethernet interface 100Base-T RJ45
• Control protocol Compatible with UPnP™ media servers, 
UPnP™ AV 1.0 control points
• Local control 
RS232 x 2 RJ11
Remote controllable (handset not supplied)
• Connector types
optical digital output TOSLINK
coaxial digital output RCA phono
line outputs RCA phono
speaker outputs Inverted safety 4 mm BFA sockets
• Output impedance 
line outputs 300 Ω
speaker outputs 0.06 Ω
• Output voltage 
line outputs 2.8 V peak, 2 V rms (0 dBFS)
speaker outputs 15 V peak, 10 V rms (0 dBFS, 16.6 dB gain, vol. 79)
• Output offset 
line outputs < 2 mV
speaker outputs < 3 mV
• Signal to noise ratio 
Line outputs Better than -120 dB
Channel balance Better than +/- 0.2 dB
• Channel separation
line outputs better than -120 dB
Speaker outputs better than -100 dB
• Gain range -80 dB to +20 dB
• Gain resolution 1 dB
• Unity gain volume 0 dB = volume 80
• Dynamic range 120 dB
• Damping factor 67
• Signal level for clipping 415 mV rms (0 dBFS, +16.6 dB gain, vol. 79)
• Harmonic distortion < 0.03% at 1 kHz at 10 W
• Load tolerance Unconditionally stable into all loudspeaker 
• Frequency response 
pre-amp 2.5 Hz – 170 kHz (-3 dB)
power amp 2.5 Hz – 48 kHz (-3 dB)
• Speaker output voltage 15 V peak
• Speaker output power 20 W into 4 W

Product Description

The Linn Sneaky DS Network is a powerful digital streamer which can be easily intergrated into your existing system. It operates under Linn's pioneering perogative of 'source-first', delivering excellent quality sound to your loudspeakers. A great source of sound for any home, it combines the convenience of a network music player with Linn's experience and commitment to world-class music reproduction.

The Sneaky Music DS can play all popular digital music formats. It has a custom designed up-sampling engine which effectively reduces all noise and distortion, resulting in the best possible reproduction of music files.

It plays digital music over a standard Ethernet network which means you can enjoy high quality podcasts and internet radio streams as well as the latest music-streaming services. 

The interface can be accessed, and customised, by your home computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone and playlists can be controlled from anywhere in the home. It shares the same tried and tested software with all Linn Players, with regular updates which ensures the continual improvement of sound quality.

The Sneaky DS is an excellent way of bringing high quality digital streaming into the home. Just attach your pre and power amp and loudspeakers and you're ready to conveniently enjoy a whole world of music.

So... why the Sneaky Music DS Network Streamer?

- Plays digital music over a standard Ethernet network
- On-board volume control and power amplification (20W)
- Streams internet radio, podcasts and 'listen again' broadcasts
- Decodes FLAC, WAV, Apple Lossless (ALAC), MP3, WMA, AIFF, AAC and OGG audio formats with up to 24-bit 192 kHz native sample rate
- Plays computer audio via Linn Songcast app e.g. iTunes, YouTube, Spotify, BBC iPlayer
- Songcast support allows synchronised playback of audio around the home
Unbalanced (RCA) outputs
- Compatible with UPnP™ media servers and UPnP™ AV 1.0 control points

The Sneaky DS can be added to any existing hi-fi system. If you're looking for a complete system now, we also sell the Sneaky DSM which includes an in built amplifier, or we can advise on a full Linn separates system if you contact us

Press Reviews

  • 'If you ever wanted proof that the digital music revolution is well under way, here it is: Linn, one of the most highly respected names in traditional hi-fi, has come up with its very own digital media player, the Sneaky Music DS.' (What Hi-Fi Magazine)
  • 'A startling departure from Linn, but a brilliantly realised one, too. This is a genuine alternative to a CD player.' (What Hi-Fi Magazine)
  • 'Exceptional sound quality.' (What Hi-Fi Magazine)
  • 'Compact and easy to get to grips with.' (What Hi-Fi Magazine)

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