Even with just a short time for set up in what is a much better room than it looks (a diagonal back wall that seems to resolve any bass issues) it was ''clearly'' apparent that LINN Exakt is a serious improvement.
My conclusion is that it's like when you turn the kitchen fan off and suddenly you are more relaxed, can hear clearer and it's just such relief. The artist starts singing in control and stops screaking.
''Relief from Klimax DS'' ... I never thought I'd be saying that ... what I thought was the best digital source I had ever heard (HiFi or studio) appeared in comparison a bit hard to listen to at high volumes. Exakt is much cleaner, smoother and calmer but it's the timing that really shocks me. Going back to the same track (Mario Biondi) on the Klimax DS, it was almost like the instruments/musicians were ''tripping each other up'' ... out of time ... like the mix was out!!
Everything is relevant and of course the older Klimax system is amazing but the goal posts have really moved! Add the new functions of the Exakt system, HDMi inputs, an amazing A-D, digital transfer to the speakers, room adjustment that really works so the speakers can be tight with the back wall and still sound amazing and hold onto the sound stage ... and one box instead of two and this is really a difficult system to ignore for those with the money to buy it. Less in this case is more ...
High gloss Black or white was a more difficult choice. I've always preferred Piano White or standard Black Ask but with a black wall as background both sets of speakers looked amazing. Not often you get this much ''HiFi'' in the same room ... FUN!