Information sheet. Genki product information – English. Manuals. Genki User Manual – English · Genki User Manual – French · Genki User Manual – German. This superb LINN Genki CD Player has come to us via a part exchange and comes with a 3 month warranty. It has been tested and is in full working order. You have to look hard to spot the difference between the upscale Ikemi reviewed on the previous pages and the Genki. From the front there is only one giveaway.

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Review Summary Sound Smooth and refined top end along with a present and resolved oinn offers “a gentle but unadorned quality to music”; “conjures a large soundstage and resolves very well.

LINN Genki CD Player

Use Small and light, will fit almost anywhere; remote will control other Linn products too. The LP12 design is sound and sounds great, so why mess with success?

The Ikemi is the product of the research and development that went on with the CD12, and so it is trickle-down technology at work. But perhaps the greatest reason that Linn has decided to release the Ikemi now is that they still believe in the CD. HDCD as well as the progression of recording techniques — and recording companies paying closer attention to sound quality — have helped produce CDs that generally sound better than those of just a few years ago.

The slim CD drawer is milled from solid aluminum and is the only visible part of the proprietary CD mechanism. It has two sets of single-ended line-level outputs as well as a single set of balanced outputs.

Linn has also included a Sync Link connection so the Ikemi can be used as a transport with a similarly equipped external DAC and have its internal clock slaved to that of the DAC, reducing jitter. Using the Ikemi is a piece of cake, and the remote that comes with it will control other Linn products too. With the Ikemi, you press and hold down the “1” button for two seconds, then press the “2” button.


At first I thought I had to step through the tracks with the forward button until I found the right henki, but the informative manual that comes with the Ikemi explained how to do it correctly. For comparison purposes, I had the Mark Levinson No. Although the Linn Ikemi is a smallish and lightweight CD player, it is the product of much considered thought.

Does the Ikemi fit into the Linn family? In the traditional ways, yes. The treble of Linn equipment is too refined and its bass gekni not as fully realized as that of other products that seemingly do only the bottom end really well.

Bass done well is not just a single entity, however. The midbass of the Ikemi is palpable, and the lowest end of the Ikemi has all three elements happening.

There is also excellent definition, the bass portraying more than one muddy note. While the Audio Research CD2as I recall, did bass with more power and drive, the bottom end of the Ikemi is definitely present and accounted for.

As I noted earlier in the year about the Majik integrated amp: The Ikemi conjures a large soundstage and resolves very well, giving more peaceful music anything but poorly recorded rock a clear canvas on which to play. In general, there is a gentle but unadorned quality to music made lin the Ikemi. Everything is very well resolved, but not thrown at you, harsh or grainy unless the disc is intrinsically this way.

Unlike classically “musical” components, the Ikemi is not lush or voluptuous. In fact, some might think its presentation thin, even a touch cold. But then the highs have such a natural way of trailing off that they sound both highly detailed and friendly at the same time — not at all blunt or limn. I would say that the Bel Canto DAC1 is a slight bit more sweet, but nothing to call much attention to. The Ikemi does bass in a more powerful manner and handles images in about the same way. The Mark Levinson No.


Down low, the No. The Ikemi and No. I will generalize a bit and say that solid-state systems may benefit from the gentler sound of the Ikemi, although I suspect that an all-Linn system would also sound very fine with the Ikemi as source, strength matching strength. I listened to the Ikemi shortly after it arrived, liked what I heard, then put it away for a while to clear my aural palette and complete a few other reviews.

Coming back to it reminded me lunn what I admired — and deepened my appreciation. The Ikemi is another of the new breed of top-flight CD players; it sounds unlike the digital of only a few years ago and splendid overall.

LINN Genki CD Players

In the end, ljnn, the Ikemi offers a taste of both of these CD front-ends and may be the CD player to have in these waning days of the format.

Marc Mickelson marc soundstage. Linn Incorporated Suite Southside Blvd. Jacksonville, Florida Phone: Linn Ikemi CD player Price: Five years parts and labor.

Vintage hifi experience: Linn Genki CD player

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