Linn Klimax CHAKRA 500 Twin Power Amplifier
The KLIMAX CHAKRA 500 Twin is an exceptional stereo power amplifier which features Linn’s new CHAKRA audio circuitry and combines outstanding performance with stunning looks. Designed for use as a stand-alone stereo power amplifier or in multiamplifier and multi-channel high quality entertainment systems, the KLIMAX CHAKRA 500 Twin delivers consistent performance, controlled power and pure sound and is simply the finest stereo power amplifier Linn has ever made.
The KLIMAX Twin features Linn’s latest CHAKRA audio circuitry, a proprietary new high-efficiency topology which delivers precisely controlled power at all listening levels. Offering signal pitch-accuracy, ultra-linear and clean power delivery, thermal and power efficiency and reliability, the patented circuitry deploys up to 100 W into 8 ohms and 200 W into 4 ohms of clean silent two-channel power from a cool-running LP sleeve sized product, less than 5 cm thick that weights less than 10 kilos.
The machined-from-solid clamshell construction of the
KLIMAX CHAKRA 500 Twin casework is a beautiful
Inside the KLIMAX CHAKRA 500 Twin, two electrically and mechanically isolated circuit boards - one is a unique Linn ‘Silent Power’ Switch Mode Power Supply, the other is the twin channel CHAKRA audio circuitry - provide unsurpassed twin channel performance from a single compact audio component.
CHAKRA topology was first introduced in the KLIMAX CHAKRA 500 Twin, one of Linn's best power amplifiers, and will be featured in ARTIKULAT, the forthcoming, top performance loudspeakers.
In essence, CHAKRA is a simple design,
perfected through precision engineering to deliver the unique, high
quality sound of Linn with all the musicality, but none of the problems
often associated with complex technologies.
Quite simply our existing amplification technologies had been pushed to their extreme limits, exhausting the potential for further enhancement without compromising reliability. We had reached the limits of previous amplification solutions and could not push our frequency response rates any further than the original KLIMAX Twin.
At the same time we needed more power with no compromise in quality and reliability. We also required more channels per system for our in-car systems for Aston Martin.
Necessity eventually became the mother of invention. Bill Miller, Linn's Chief Engineer, travels home every night on Scotland's busiest motorway, the M8. This means long traffic jams which, for most people, inhibit all rational thought. But on one particular journey home Bill experienced an inspirational flash which gave him a glimpse of an alternative solution. The idea would enable him to 'break the power barrier' and eventually evolved into the CHAKRA power amplifier technology.
When prototyped by the engineers, the new topology produced further unexpected advantages and the proposed simpler approach became obvious. The discovery was, however, achieved through 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration; without all the work and experience the intuitive leap would never have been realized and the engineering team at Linn worked extremely hard to take the idea from concept to production.
Benefits of CHAKRA:
The CHAKRA topology is a powerful manifestation
of the value of this approach.
Linn’s new range of CHAKRA power amplifiers also run far more efficiently than their predecessors, the 2250 and 5125, producing much less heat.
Simplicity and Flexibility
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Simplicity and Power
Simplicity and Performance