Linn DS Driver - v 7.0.0
Extra Vegetables are pleased to present the official integration between the Linn DS high performance digital stream players and Control4.
For the first time it is possible to integrate a range or true high end audio products directly with Control4.
Music from any UPnP compatible media server can be selected via the Control4 user interface and played back through the Linn DS player.
There is also support for Internet radio stations, including Linn’s very own radio stations - the highest quality music stream available, a must for all music lovers. The driver enables full control of a Linn DS player from a Control4 touch-screen, remote or on-screen display or via the Control4 iPod/iPad app.
The driver supports the Linn 'Songcast' feature. This allows you to start a stream of music playing on one player and then 'cast' this to other Linn DS players in the home. This is accessible through the standard Control4 Zones page.
There is also support for the DSM models which feature HDMI switching and passthrough. These innovative designs allow the Linn DSM to act as the amplification for the front left and right speakers in both stereo and surround modes. The DSM also acts as the volume control device.
The driver has been fully tested by Linn. It is however an independent release fully supported by ourselves. For more details on the full Linn product range please visit the Linn Website.
The driver is now updated to support Davaar on Control OS2.x.
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The Linn DS Digital Streamers are designed to offer the highest possible quality playback of digital music. The concept is simple, make an accurate and exact copy of the CD using a computer then the playback device has no moving parts and is totally dedicated to the reproduction of music. This also includes Studio Master recordings available from Linn Records and others. The Extra Vegetables driver enables the integration of these high end audio players with Control4 to provide a comprehensive and expandable solution. The installation manual has full details of how to design and set up a Linn DS - Control4 system. Features of the driver include:
• No IR bugs, driver is IP Ethernet based.
All control of the Linn DS players is IP Ethernet based. There are no additional cables to be run and definitely no IR bugs to fall off.
• Displays all music content on Control4 touch screens, remotes and on-screen navigator.
All music library information is now available within Control4. All this information is displayed on the Control4 navigator screens, on touch screen and on the remote controls. The iPhone and iPad app are also supported. The exact layout of the music listings is defined by the UPnP music server chosen.
• Cover Art on Now Playing Screen
When music starts playing the driver quickly retrieves the cover art from the UPnP server and displays this on the Now Playing mini-app and Now Playing screen. This requires the system to be running Control4 2.x and only applies to Flash enabled devices.
• Retrieves all listings from the UPnP system in real time.
There's no additional synchronization required. As soon as a music track becomes available to the server it will be listed on the Control4 interfaces. This is usually within a few seconds of the CD being copied.
• Choice of UPnP Server support including Asset and Twonky.
The Linn DS works in conjunction with a UPnP music server. The driver has been fully tested with Asset and Twonky - two of the most popular an Linn recommended servers. Full details on how the Linn DS system works van be found in the installation manual.
• Supports ALL DS Players from Sneaky to Klimax.
Linn have a full range of Digital Stream players from the entry level Sneaky to the unsurpassed quality of the Klimax. These neatly match the other components of the Linn line up. Of particular interest to custom installers is the Sekrit DS-I. This includes 2x70w amplification, a local line input and has been designed to live in a ceiling void. Attractively priced this is an ideal way to introduce Linn into a multiroom environment.
• Access to Internet radio including exclusive Linn high quality streams.
Linn have used Radiotime as their Internet radio supplier. This allows you to provide your customer with a range of real local, national and international radio stations direct to their Linn DS. In the UK this includes all the BBC stations. In addition Linn are currently streaming three very high quality stations from the Linn Records catalogue. These stations are way above DAB quality.
• Access to Line Inputs.
The Sekrit DS-I has digital and analog inputs which can be selected using the driver. The Majik DS-I has no less than eleven inputs which can be selected. This makes it the ideal center of an in-room system.
• FAST! - listings are displayed quickly on all Control4 interfaces
As an ethernet driver it's very quick to retrieve information from the music server.
• Combine with Sonos.
For minor rooms where your customer may not want to make the investment in a Linn DS you can use a Sonos zone player instead. They have a very similar feature set and it's possible to upgrade from a wired Sonos ZonePlayer to a Linn Sekrit DS-I at a latter date simply by switching the units. We offer our Sonos driver at half regular price if a project includes a Linn DS driver.
• Navigate on All Control4 interfaces including iPad
You can use the on-screen navigator, remote control, touchpanels and iPad application to navigate the music and streaming services. Cover art is shown on the on-screen navigator and Control4 touch panels but not the iPad app. The iPad app does not support cover art for any 'iPod' style device.
• Compatible with Control4 OS 2.x ONLY
The Davaar version of the driver works with OS2.x only. Please contact us via the helpdesk regarding versions supporting Cara on OS2.0 or earlier.
There are currently the following limitations with the driver:
• Linn Kinsky Desktop Plugins
These are not currently supported.
• No Cover Art whilst browsing
Cover art is not displayed whilst browsing for music; only on the Now Playing screen
• Davaar ONLY
The driver is now updated for Davaar only on Control4 OS 2.x.
The following are required for successful deployment of the driver.
• Control4 2.x (or higher) + HC800 Controller
With Control4 1.8 or higher the load on the central controller is higher. In line with Control4 recommendations we suggest that an HC800 controller be used on systems of more than three Linn zones.
This driver is an independent commercial release by Extra Vegetables Ltd. It is not authorized or supported either by Control4 or Linn. Extra Vegetables fully support the driver through its authorized dealer network.