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Scotland’s Linn Products Ltd. was one of the few specialty audio manufacturers to bring an enclosed booth to the Las Vegas Convention Center showroom floor. Inside, the company had a working prototype of its upcoming KISTO System Controller, due out next spring at an as-yet-unspecified price, but unofficially reported to be upwards of $10,000. Named in honor of a highly valued Linn employee who passed away last year, the KISTO is positioned to compete in the top tier of high-performance preamp/processors. The KISTO’s feature set has not yet been finalized, and no specifics or product literature were available, but Linn reps claim it “has everything” in the way of current surround technologies. It certainly has a pristine 5.1 analog bypass and excellent A/D conversion, judging from a short demo with DVD-Audio, SACD, DVD-Video, and Redbook CD sources.

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Feeding the KISTO was a working model of Linn’s highly anticipated universal disc player, to be named the UNIDISK 1.1 when it ships (also this spring), with a retail price expected to be in the $8,000-8,500 range. As reported in our High Fidelity Report news item, Linn plans to OEM the Unidisk 1.1’s internal design to other manufacturers at mid- and high-end price points. The handsome black and silver styling, shown for the first time on this static display unit, was an elegant alternative to the all-silver faceplate in the demo booth.

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The UNIDISK rear panel offers a full complement of analog and digital connections. The player will handle both DVD-Audio and SACD in their respective native formats, but output them in analog only – no digital interface is supported for high-resolution formats. []

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Latest additons 7th February 2003:

Panamax Power Conditioning
Xplore Solutions A/V Control
EAD Theatermaster Studio
Focal-JMLab Utopia Loudspeakers
McCormack DVD-Audio/SACD Player
Martin Logan Clarity & Scripti
Artistic Audio & Red Rose Audio
IMF Audio Musica Model 25
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Opus Distributed Audio
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Lexicon Home Theater Products
DVD Entertainment Group Dinner
Universal Remote Control MX-3000
Xantech System Control Products
McIntosh MVP851 DVD-Audio Player
Von Schweikert VR-S/1 Subwoofer
Von Schweikert VR-1 & VR-4SE
Zu Druid 2 & Gallo Acoustics
2003 Panasonic DVD-Video Players
Universal DVD-Audio/SACD Players
Arcam Home Theater Products
Stillpoints Isolation Products
Panasonic e-Wear & LCD Monitor
SACD Press Conference
Clark Synthesis Gold TST329
Guitammer BKA1000-4 Amplifier
Dynaudio Contour Loudspeakers

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