LINN LK-85 Amplifiers

LINN LK-85 Amplifiers 

DESCRIPTION

Stereo Power Amplifier

USER REVIEWS

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[Feb 23, 2002]
JerryPease
Audio Enthusiast

Strength:

Fast, accurate pitch, detailed, power is underrated.

Weakness:

None

Superb imaging, very detailed, Fast, Accurate and above all it can accommodate Linn electronic crossover modules internally. If aktiv speakers is your game then this is your amp, it is the most inexpensive way to go. Double speaker connection allowing easy bi-wire speaker installation and it come with pre-amp input and outputs for easy bi-amping. I own two of them and they are used for surround duty in aktiv configuration.

Similar Products Used:

AV5105

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5
VALUE
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5
[Jan 17, 2000]
John
Audio Enthusiast

Strength:

Sweet and musical-sounding amp.

Weakness:

NONE at the price point

A fine amp at a bargain price. I'm in no hurry to upgrade! Of course Linn equipment mates well with other Linn components - a definite synergy results with the CD player, pre-amp, and amp. As with all hifi equipment, try before yu buy!

Similar Products Used:

Linn Genki, Wakonda with slimline brilliant PS, Meadowlark Kestrel Hot Rod, Linn LP12/Valhalla/Ittok/Benz LO.4

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RATING
5
VALUE
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5
[Sep 10, 2001]
wayne hudson
Audio Enthusiast

Strength:

detailed, accurate, musical

Weakness:

none

The perfect small to medium room amp. Add to that they they are capable of handling Linn Aktiv modules and you have an amazing quality for the price.
I was using one initially and would highly recommend but I am at a loss for words on how good these sound as part of an Aktiv system.

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5
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5
[Sep 12, 2001]
Riwe
Audiophile

Strength:

Very tuneful and 'musical', accurate, fast and tight sound, 'standby' mode feature, can host active x-overs (g-r-e-a-t improvement to the sound)

Weakness:

For the price, none. Compared to its bigger brother (LK140) it lacks some power and the LK140 is slightly better tune-wise.

The LK85 is a fine-sounding, well-built amp with some nice features. A huge improvement to the old LK100 and the entire 'old range' of Linn amps. Very tuneful and musical, it represents exceptional value and for $600-$700 it is a true bargain.

Not only a fine-sounding amp, it has some nice features as well:
* It can host Linn AKTIV crossover cards
This is an amazing upgrade and the
improvement is *huge*
* 'Standby' mode, which reduces the power
consumption when no signal is detected
on the line inputs.
This saves some precious money
on your electricity bill...

System context:
Linn Genki CD player
Linn Kolektor Preamp
2 x LK85 Amps fitted with AKTIV Crossovers
Linn Tukan speakers (active)
Linn Kan II speaker stands
Linn K400 Speaker Cables
Linn 'black' interconnects

Summary: This is a great little amp. Go listen to it Yourself and let your ears be the judge!

Similar Products Used:

Linn LK280, Linn Majik, Linn Intek, Linn Powertek, Linn LK100, Linn LK140, Linn AV5125

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RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
[Oct 11, 1999]
Bruce
Audio Enthusiast

Strength:

Speed, precision, detail, impact, melody.

Weakness:

Could possibly be a little richer or sweeter i the midrange, for example on female voices -- some tube amps sound better here.

Seems quicker and more rhythmic than earlier Linn amplifiers.

I heard two of them in an active congiguration with Keilidh speakers. The combination sounded terrific.

At $ 1200 Canadian they seem like a good way to get into Linn active biamplification.

My evaluation is for the system.

Similar Products Used:

Linn Majik

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RATING
5
VALUE
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4
[Apr 11, 2001]
Jason
Audio Enthusiast

Weakness:

Less powerful than LK140

When recently auditioning pre-amps as an upgrade to a Carver I had (which I was never all that happy with), I decided upon a Kolektor. So, logically, I had a look at the Linn power amps too.

Initially, I thought the LK140 would be my best choice, but when I heard a pair of Ninka speakers driven in active mode through a pair of LK85 amps, I changed my mind immediately. The level of resolution, detail and bass control were overtly improved with the aktiv arrangement, and the imaging improved to the 'reach out and touch it' kind of holography that makes the hair stand up on the back of your neck. I encourage anyone planning a Linn purchase to do the 'head to head' on the passive vs. aktiv setup.

Two LK85's with cards are more expensive than a single LK140 (about $1K CDN MSRP), but the sound improvement is huge, and I'd be surprised if anyone auditioning the system didn't think the 'extra' cost is worth it.

I realize that this improvement may be primarily due to the aktiv cards, but since they're only available for the Linn amps, I feel it appropriate to mention them here. Of course, the aktiv cards mean that you'll be buying Linn speakers too.... Suffice it to say, I was impressed enough to change an initial look at a power amp to pair a preamp I liked int the purchase of a preamp, two LK85's with Aktiv cards and a pair of Ninkas. I've been happy ever since. I think you'd have to spend LOTS more to get better sound.

Similar Products Used:

none used, but lots auditioned

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RATING
5
VALUE
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5
[Aug 28, 2001]
Joe
Audio Enthusiast

Strength:

Excellent value, Quick, Detailed & Musical

Weakness:

None

These are the lowest power rated Amps that I have used. I am bi-amping Magnepan 1.6QRs with them. They seem to be an excellent match. My pre-amp & CD are also from Linn. These were the latest addition to my system, replacing 2 B&K 2140s(rated at 140wpc/8ohms). Immediatly I noticed a faster, more dynamic presentation of my music. My system sounded more "realistic". The pitch & decay of all music was more natural. More power is not as good as quality power. I would recommend that anyone searching for an emotional presentation of music should at least take a look at Linn.

Similar Products Used:

Onkyo, Marantz, B&K

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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Jun 22, 2000]
LINN
Audiophile

A fine amp with a robust pitch accurate sound. Not nearly as powerful as the LK140, but if you are thinking about going active down the road then this amp makes sense. This is substantially smoother than previous Linn amps I have owned. As long as you are happy using an amp with the sound tailored to be smooth and detailed with punch, yet not hyper-detailed then you will be pleased with the results. If you require the resolution to hear orchestra players turning pages of their scores or dandelion seeds blowing in the wind (e.g. Bryston ST series) then this is not the amp for you....better to upgrade your preamp anyways to improve resolution. This amp is more about evoking an emotional response with impact and realistic pitch. This review is done in the context of an all Linn system.

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5
VALUE
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5
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