Since Lehmannaudio turned the “emergency exit” of classic hi-fi amplifiers into a gate to a new musical perception with their Linear back in 2004, headphone outputs with frustrating sound have become a thing of the past. The Linear D in its topical mk II version demonstrates that there’s always room for improvement: its digital-analogue converter of the latest generation and its thoroughly revised analogue board let you experience all-new horizons when listening to your favourite music – goose bumps guaranteed.
High-resolution ESS Sabre K2M DAC with two digital inputs
Automatic input signal prioritisation for more user convenience
Maximum gain adjustable up to 20 dB
Mica capacitors in the analogue filter and on the mainboard for optimum transient response
Analogue board in Low-Z Copper for enhanced dynamics
Discrete class A output stage for an open and natural sound
Two Neutrik headphone sockets with goldplated contacts
Line out for use as preamp
Oversized internal power supply
Comfort and performance The Linear D mk II is the perfect complement to streamers and CD players. It recognises digital signals, automatically selects the optimal input and needs no input selector. The Sabre DAC from ESS on the quad-layer circuit board, which has been optimised against HF interference, offers both digital S/PDIF and Toslink inputs.
Low-loss mica capacitors on the mainboard and in the converter analogue filter as well as ultra fast amplifier stages on the converter board guarantee reference quality. The thoroughly revised analogue board in Low-Z Copper provides as yet unheard-of dynamics. Owing to three settings the Linear D mk II adapts to the most diverse headphone-source combinations, and with one analogue and two digital inputs it also delivers a breathtakingly expressive performance as a streaming preamp on active loudspeakers.
The Linear D mk II makes people happy who want to enjoy music in an intense and pristine way and brings together those who share musical enjoyment: two parallel outputs on the discrete class A solid-state output stages powerfully feed two headphones of equal impedance without compromising the listening experience. SSC absorber feet decouple the Linear D mk II from its base and provide calmness. So the Linear D mk II sounds even more sculptural now: with lush, yet never ostentatious lows, delicate resolution and zero-gravity elegance over the entire frequency range.