Summer Sizzler #4 – September Streamers: get a free 8Switch and cable upgrade

11th September 2020

It’s September, time for our Streaming Summer Sizzlers – our hand-picked selection of the very best music streamers packaged up with Loud & Clear’s own Sizzle upgrade😎.

Add a digital streamer to your existing music system and we’ll add free upgrades to further enhance your enjoyment.  Don’t worry if the technicalities of these make no sense – just be assured that we’re eeking out every last drop of performance from these already brilliant products.

We’ll help you install and configure your new product to ensure your purchase brings you pleasure, reliability and simplicity of use for many years to come.

Here’s our first four:

1)  MOON by Simaudio 680D – save £900

The clamour for auditions of Moon’s latest streamer took us a little by surprise. As it happened the HiFi press got hold of a demonstrator ahead of schedule and unanimously heaped award after award on the player, while we were briefly in the dark as we’d not even heard a prototype. Fortunately all was revealed soon after and we immediately fell in love with the 680D’s beguiling presentation – their trademark “analogue” sound from digital sources, music appearing from a completely black canvas and a warmth that would have you thinking you were listening to the best of vinyl. Like all Moon network players the 680D features the Mind2 hardware interface, Qobuz, Tidal Master and local library Studio Master playback as well as native DSD decoding and additional digital inputs for your TV, computer, games console or set top box. Outputs are RCA phono and XLR while network/control features include ethernet, WiFi, Bluetooth and Roon certification.

The Sizzle
Purchase a MOON Evolution 680D  and we’ll give you a free English Electric 8Switch network switch (RRP £450) and Chord Epic ethernet cable (£450) to dramatically improve audio performance or a free Innuos Zen Mini III music ripper/server (£899).

2)  Naim NDX2 – save £650 or £900

Naim’s NDX2 streamer replaces the bestselling NDX and is built on their latest network and software platforms to improve audio performance and feature demands. A big, big step up in sonics from the ND5 XS2 and incumbent NDX, the NDX2 will play Studio Master from Qobuz or your local library, internet radio, Airplay, Bluetooth, features Roon certification and other digital sources such as your TV, computer, games console or set top box. Connectivity is simple into any amplifier via the RCA phono or DIN outputs and to your network via ethernet or WiFi. Performance can be enhanced further with the optional XPS power supply.

The Sizzle
Buy an NDX2 (£5299) and we will significantly raise your audio performance with a free English Electric 8Switch network switch (RRP £450) and Chord Shawline ethernet cable (£200).
or
Buy an Naim NDX2 with XPS power supply (£9,498) and we’ll raise it even further with a free 8Switch (RRP £450) and the superior Chord Epic ethernet cable (RRP £450).

3)  Linn Akurate DS/DSM – save £650 or £900

Linn’s Akurate digital streamers have long been the products to beat in this fiercely fought price bracket. As their competitors began knocking on the door with improvements and enhancements to their ranges, Linn introduced their Katalyst DAC architecture and “borrowed” the clock and network interface from the previous generation Klimax DS. The results are nothing short of stunning – akin to lifting a blanket off your speakers. Whether you choose the DS (source only streamer) or DSM (integrated streamer and preamplifier with additional inputs) you’ll benefit from Studio Master quality playback from Qobuz or your local library, Airplay, internet radio, Roon certification, Spotify and Tidal. The DSM includes a fully specified preamplifier with analogue, digital and HDMI inputs, RCA, Exakt and XLR outputs and an integrated MM/MC Linn phono stage.

The Sizzle
Buy a Linn Akurate DS (£6,600) and we’ll give you a free English Electric 8Switch network switch (RRP £450) and Chord Shawline ethernet cable (£200) to dramatically improve audio performance.
or
Buy a Linn Akurate DSM (£7,500) and we’ll raise it even further with a free 8Switch (RRP £450) and the superior Chord Epic ethernet cable (RRP £450).

4)  Linn Selekt DSM – save £650 or £900

At its launch the Linn Selekt DSM quickly became Loud & Clear’s most popular high-performance “all-in-one” (one box) music system; a success that continues to this day. The Selekt leads the field in terms of audio performance and modularity, which allows us to tailor the product and budget exactly to your needs. And if those needs change in future, the Selekt can be retro-fitted with additional options to enhance performance or functionality. Linn’s vision of the Selekt DSM being the “only hifi you’ll need” was bold, but the way in which our customers have embraced it’s stunning performance and aesthetic tells us that Linn got the Selekt DSM spectacularly right. The feature set includes Studio Master streaming from Qobuz or your local library, Tidal, Spotify, Roon certification, Airplay, Bluetooth and additional digital and analogue inputs including HDMI and a MM/MC phono stage. Connectivity covers ethernet and WiFi, RCA phono, XLR, Exakt and speaker level output. Stereo comes as standard or full surround sound can be configured with additional modules; furthermore the Selekt can be optioned with or without internal amplification for use “source only” or as a complete music system.

The Sizzle
Purchase a “fully loaded” Selekt DSM (the one with power amplification and Katalyst DAC, £6750) and we’ll give you a free English Electric 8Switch network switch (RRP £450) and Chord Epic ethernet cable (£450) to dramatically improve audio performance.
or
Purchase any other Linn Selekt DSM (£4,000 – £5750) and we’ll give you a free English Electric 8Switch network switch (RRP £450) and Chord Shawline ethernet cable (£200) to dramatically improve audio performance.

If you want to hear the difference that any of these upgrades make, just get in touch. We’ll show you😊.

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