Linn Acurate Control Preamp

The Linn Acurate control (5000 Euro) like this not only because of their ease of use. In addition, inside, it reveals qualities that promise good sound.

  1. Linn Acurate controlpreamp
  2. Data sheet

Pure stereo

An important feature of the upgraded Acurate control is the restriction on stereo. It offers no multi channel options such as the predecessor. For that, she had bought two balanced inputs and a balanced output. In addition to the four RCA inputs, and the phono inputs there is a connection for mobile devices, as well as a very good headphone amplifier – on top both with 3.5 mm jack on the front.

But even more interesting is the Ethernet jack on the back. Through them, the control is not the network player, but network-capable. So she can be about apps of the iPod or iPad, remote control also in this way. How important is Linn, you see when you open the lid. More than a third of the main Board with gold-plated traces show the components for this feature.

The Akurate Kontrol not only by their ease of use. In addition, inside, it reveals qualities that promise good sound. It begins with the input selector, because here, not only the signal is switched, but also the crowd, causing unwanted, annoying compensation currents between the sources can be avoided. The use of more expensive optical semiconductor switch with MOSFETs as well as filter coils (also for signal and ground) testifies an effort to grant no entry errors.

The audio signal processing is realized with operational amplifier modules (LM 4562). A very good chip (PGA 2320) also wear free working sensitive and in the against set to normal pots does the volume control.

As for Linn for years, also the Acurate control has a switching power supply. This is perfected in the meantime so that even the sensitive instruments in the stereoplay– TESTfactory could more feel no network impact.

In the listening test, the Akurate stunned 2200 with stable soundstage. Even on the relentless reference speakers Magico M5 (test in 6/09) not feeling arose, the amp would have this critical transducer not under control. While he showed many details, vocals as he had again the finest nuances of articulation. So, he distanced the previous 2200 clear C.

While the models were similar in tonality, because they both put on neutral tones, but the Akurate 2200 was about the guitar in Donald Fagens “Trans Iceland Skyway” (“Kamakiriad”, Warner) still lively and vivid sound, while the bass drum drier, at the same time rich pumped. Also in Kruder & Dorfmeister “Useless” (“the K & D sessions”,!) K7) showed the Akurate punchier and gave a black bass, told him what his predecessor a point more secured.

First, the Acurate control was allowed to prove against their smaller sister Majik control (test in 8/06). But that was a short battle. The Akurate showed more composure, as well as more details as she diversified a much larger sound panorama.

So turned the exotic now + AS the new forth from Vorderin. But also with her the stereo novice did not give up. She look relaxed in complex passages. Thus came about the brass inserts in Quincy Jones’ “Moanin'” (“birth of A band”, mercury) wonderfully bright and dynamic racing with, without any compression, which the exotic + suspect BECAUSE have discreetly let.

The Akurate sounded fabulous properly and neutrally. On the one hand, you always had the feeling that she are not colored a, but despite this exemplary openness seemed never refrigerated or even colorless. So glistened around the flutes and the triangle in the “dance of the hours” from Amilcare Ponchielli’s “La Gioconda (CD”Venice”, RCA), while the violins tended not to sharpen and the precursor especially stressed the wit.

The testers were trying to give even a point the Akurate; This prevented the large and double so expensive sister Linn Klimax Kontrol (test in 11/02) with a touch more control in the bass and complex passages, if also very scarce.

A radiant stereoplay highlight secured the Acurate control but, also because it has an excellent Phonoteil.

The Linn Akurate Kontrol preamp was together with the power amplifier Linn Akurate 2200 tested in a combined test.

Linn Akurate Kontrol

Manufacturer Linn
Price €5000.00
Rating 57.0 points
Test procedure 1.0

Technical data and test results

Dimensions (W x H x D) 35.0 x 6.0 x 38.0 cm
Weight 8.6 kg
Measured values
Immunity gaps (A weighted)
Line RCA / XLR 93.0
Noise phono MM / MC 80.0 / 77.0 dB(A)
Line RCA / XLR 304 / 597 ohm
Short conclusion Dei speling Kontroil shows no weaknesses. She can be incorporated to operate in the network, impressed with great Phonostage and neutral sound and lets the wit never vermisssen – simply a stereoplay highlight.
Sound Absolute top class
Sound points
(maximum 70 points)
Measured values
(maximum 10 points)
(max. 15 points)
(max. 10Punkte)
Overall rating (max. 120 points) very good 85
Price / performance outstanding
tested in issue: 1 / 11


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