LINN Wakonda Preamplifiers

Wakonda

4 line-level inputs; headphones powered by separate internal stage

User Reviews (9)

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doubleroll   Audio Enthusiast [Nov 16, 2002]
Strength:

quiet clear mids build quality warm natural sound

Weakness:

could use more inputs

Upgraded my majik to the wakonda. This preamp sounds warmer and more defined. The mids are clearer as well. A nice improvement. The wakonda has the latest power supply which may explain the sonic improvments.

Similar Products Used: majik
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
John   Audio Enthusiast [Jan 21, 2000]
Strength:

Full featured preamp, neutral sound

Weakness:

NONE at the price

A highly neutral full-function preamp that performs to it's fullest potential in conjunction with other Linn components, as well as with the Slimline Brilliant power supply. Allows you to hear the characteristics of the source, rather than the coloration of the preamp (as it should be). High quality phono stage is the icing on the cake. As with all components, audition in your system before commiting to purchase.

Similar Products Used: Linn LP-12, LK-85, Genki. Meadowlark Kestrel Hot Rod, Tara Master G2
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
John   Audio Enthusiast [Oct 08, 1999]
Strength:

Excellent sound quality - low noise floor, natural timbres, neutral reproduction; excellent headphone amplifcation; highly flexible - 4 line inputs, phono input, 2 tape loops, 2 line outputs, muting and mono switches, full remote control, accepts add-on tuner module; compact size; excellent build quality.

Weakness:

None

This is an excellent preamp - fine, neutral sound; great flexibility and features; top-notch build quality. I had been running a CD player directly into my Pass Labs Aleph 3 amp - an extremely revealing, top-quality component. Adding the Linn Wakonda detracted nothing from the sound of the Aleph 3. Very highly recommended. Needs some break-in before sounding its best.

Similar Products Used: Linn Majik; Creek OBH-12 passive preamp.
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Joe   Audio Enthusiast [Nov 09, 2001]
Strength:

Trnsparent, allows subtle detail to be recognized, fast

Weakness:

None with this pre-amp, although I have had difficulty with Linn customer service

First I would like to state that I use this pre with all Linn electronics. It is an excellent product. It seems to pass the signal from my source to my amps with no audible change. It allows for excellent detail, yet never becomes fatiguing. I did purchase some defective Linn speakers from a Linn dealer & was met with rude & crude treatment, by the dealer, while trying to resolve the problem. I've contacted Linn and they have not helped. I've purchased Linn from 3 other dealers & have found them all to be nice, but when a company will not stand behind its product, I would, at least audition the unit I was purchasing before leaving the store.

Similar Products Used: Adcom 750, Cambridge 500, Onkyo P-304
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RATING
5
VALUE
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5
TONY   an Audio Enthusiast [Jan 19, 1998]

I USE A WAKONDA AS PART OF AN ALL-LINN SYSTEM (MIMIK CD, LK100 POWER AMP, KEILIDH SPEAKERS). I LIKE IT; AS A PREDOMINANTLY "CLASSICAL", PARTICULARLY BAROQUE, LISTENER, I LIKE THE TYPICALLY "BRITISH" SOUND - VERY CLEAN, VERY CLEAR, VERY DETAILED. IT WAS INTERESTING COMPARING IT TO THE LATEST OFFERINGS FROM ARCAM AND QUAD WHEN I PURCHASED. HOW DIFFERENT THEY SOUNDED! THE ARCAM WITH ITS WARM "IN YOUR FACE" SOUND, THE LINN WITH ITS COOLER, DETACHED SOUND AND THE QUAD SOMEWHERE IN BETWEEN. IN THE END THE LINN WON, AND I'M HAPPY WITH THE RESULTS - BUT HAD I HEARD EITHER OF THE OTHER TWO IN ISOLATION, I'D HAVE BEEN HAPPY WITH THEM TOO! IT PAYS TO AUDITION. I LOOK FORWARD TO THE DAY WHEN I CAN AFFORD ANOTHER COUPLE OF LK100S TO MAKE THE KEILIDHS ACTIVE

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
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LINN   Audiophile [Nov 11, 1999]

The Wakonda is derived from the preamp section of the Majik and is a clear step down from the Kairn. It is basically intended for people who wish to integrate convenience into their systems by adding the Kudos tuner module. This will give better fidelity than the stand alone Kudos tuner since the Wakonda has the slim-line brilliant power supply, and the stand-alone Kudos tuner does not. I would recommend it be used only with Linn electronics and cabling, otherwise the sound could take on an electronicized etched quality similar to that of the Majik used in some other non-Linn systems, hence the quote in HiFi choice about the Majik - "sounds vague and confused". Stacking the Wakonda between two components has a beneficial effect on the sound, making it smoother, however it ultimately lacks the clarity and musicality of the Kairn. If you are looking for a used one, be sure it is fitted with the most recent version of the brilliant power supply, or alter your offer accordingly to account for the cost of upgrading it.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Jeff Bradshaw   an Audiophile [Jan 02, 1997]

Auditioned Wakonda for 2 weeks and can only give it a 3.5 for sound. Compared to the Exposure pre it sounded kind of dead and could not lay the claim to musicality that the Exposure could. The claim to Linn being better than pres 3 to 4 times it's price may be correct but should be put into context by naming the entire supporting cast that made up the systems you auditioned.Don't get me wrong, the Linn is OK and has all the bells and whistles that one could desire but it simply cannot compare to the 1995 manual Exposure pre or the new remote controlled Exposure pre for sound stage height, depth, detail or pure enjoyment of the tone of instrument and voice. (If I could afford either it would be the new Exposure pre with motorized ALPS potentiometers volume controls)
Supporting cast during auditions were Linn amp/Exposure amp/Bryston amp/Classe' amp; Thiel 2.6 speakers, Royd Prior speakers; Arcam Alpha 8 CD Player, Cardus interconnects and Van den Hul cable.

Cordially
JCB


OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
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Phil Richman   an Audiophile [Dec 07, 1996]

Featuring the Linn-developed "Brilliant" Switch Mode power supply which operateson any voltage in any country, and which assures an extremely low noise threshhold, the Wakonda remote-controlled preamp
is a sophisticated state-of-the-art control unit. Utilizing Linn's "sneaky module" concept, the
Wakonda can be fitted with an internal tuner, extra amplifier or "Knekt" line driver for whole-house systems.

Linn dealer's will gladly allow prospective buyers to try the Wakond in their own system.

The Wakonda provides performance, flexibility and value. In my experience, it outperforms preamps costing 2, 3, and 4-times
its price.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
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Robert Raisp   Audiophile [Aug 12, 2000]
Strength:

Neutral Sound, excellent material flexibility

Weakness:

None

I recently purchased this unit to replace my Sonic Frontiers Line 1 pre-amp (great built quality but too damn mellow…needs a pulse!!!!).

The Wakonda has significantly transformed my system from a mellow and basically boring playback device to a sonically flexible (I listen to almost anything therefore this is a plus…) and generally high quality analog 2 channel system.

Better yet, Linn has produced this excellent product at a very un-audiophile price. For the money, nothing touches its' performance while sonically challenging other substantially more expensive pre-amps.

Well-done Linn!

Similar Products Used: Sonic Frontiers Line 1
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
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