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Linn Sneaky Music DS Network Music Player

Sneaky DS is slim, flexible and a great source of sound for any music system.

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Perfect for fitting into any home or office system, Sneaky DS can be connected directly to speakers or integrated within a hi-fi system as a dedicated source.

A great introduction to Linn DS technology, Sneaky brings the power of a network music player to any music system.


  • Plays digital music over a standard Ethernet network
  • On-board volume control and power amplification (20W)
  • Streams internet radio, podcasts and 'listen again' broadcasts
  • Decodes FLAC, WAV, Apple Lossless (ALAC), MP3, WMA, AIFF, AAC and OGG audio formats with up to 24-bit 192 kHz native sample rate
  • Plays computer audio via Linn Songcast app e.g. iTunes, YouTube, Spotify, BBC iPlayer
  • Songcast support allows synchronised playback of audio around the home
  • Unbalanced (RCA) outputs
  • Compatible with UPnP™ media servers and UPnP™ AV 1.0 control points

In their five star review What Hi-Fi? proclaimed Linn's Sneaky Music DS to be a..."brilliantly accomplished music player".

You can read the review in full here.

Linn Sneaky Music DS combines the convenience of a network music player with Linn's experience, expertise and commitment to high quality music reproduction.

Sneaky Music DS surpasses conventional network music players in both performance & value and bridges the gap between the worlds of authentic hi-fi music reproduction & networking.

Converts digital data streamed over a standard Ethernet network, to high quality analogue audio.

More Flexible ...... use on-board power amps for the neatest solution, or expand the system with other Linn components for more power and performance.  The freedom to position anywhere: on show, or hiden under a shelf or in a rack, hlps make it ideal for stand-alone or multi-room use.

More 'open' ...... The UPnP standard means simple connectivity  to an ever ineasing number of UPnP compliant control and storage devices; in addition, access to opn source software ensures that customers can benefit from an ever expanding range of enhancements to the user experience in the 'open' community.

Plays music stored on your hard-drive or NAS (Network Attached Storage)

Sneaky Music DS supports the highest quality and most widely used audio formats currently available on the market (FLAC, WAV and MP3), and plays all high quality audio sample rates and bit depths natively

As well as your music downloads and ripped cds, you can also listen to a huge collection of SHOUTcast Internet radio stations from around the world

On-board volume control and power amplification (20 W)
Linn GUI (Graphical User Interface) software compatible with PC and UMPC (Ultra Mobile PC)
Standard Ethernet input for audio and control.
Compatible with UPnP™ media servers and UPnP™ AV 1.0 control points.
Can be positioned either horizontally or vertically.

Peter Tyson has been a Linn retailer for over 30 years - one of the oldest established dealers still operating - from the days when the entire range was the LP12 and three pairs of speakers: the Sara, the Isobarik and the Kan.

The same staff who were with us then are still with us today, along with new, younger staff who have the same enthusiasm for what has been the greatest HiFi discovery we every made! We offer, by far, the largest number of combined years of experience in the world in selling and installing Linn systems! We have 3 generations of the Tyson family who have been factory-trained by Linn.

All our staff are mad about Linn - they have to be! And they all have great sounding Linn systems for their private use at home.

Being close to the factory in Glasgow, we are frequent visitors and keep abreast of the latest systems on offer along with training to install them at their best.

We have installed Linn systems all over Europe and have many satisfied Linn customers throughout the UK.  Being in Carlisle, we have had to travel to most of our customers - we are used to it; there are more sheep in Cumbria than people!

We have expert practical knowledge with all things Linn - experience with the entire product range that you just can’t pick up without hands-on familiarity. We are always at the forefront of new Linn advances - Aktiv, DS, Exakt. We have sold and installed more Linn systems than anyone else, and are usually the largest Linn retailer each year.

We keep the whole Linn range on display at both our Carlisle and Newcastle branches, and are happy to demonstrate the advantages of Linn, either in our great demo rooms or at your home - no obligation.

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Great sound shouldn’t cramp your style. Design your home the way you want to and experience the true sound of the music.

Linn DS is a new generation of music player. It offers breakthrough specialist performance and convenience, letting you interact with your music in a new, enriching way. Adding Linn DS will transform your hi-fi into a system for the future.

With high quality music downloads now readily available and widespread use of portable mp3 players, more people than ever before are interacting with music on their computer.

Linn DS lets you release this music from your computer to enjoy genuine audiophile performance from stored CDs and music downloads. Linn DS players are the only authentic hi-fi products to access stored digital music and stream it over a home network.

Offering performance that surpasses any CD player and with the convenience of having your entire digital music collection at your fingertips, organised your way, you’ll never go back.

Hear your music, not your room
Every room has its own particular sound. When you’re investing in a world-class music system, why let your room have such a big say in what you hear? Remove the unwanted distorting effects of your listening environment and reveal the true sound of the music.

Space Optimisation uses sophisticated acoustic modelling to build up a complete picture of how your speakers, their placement, and the unique characteristics of your room interact to affect the sound you hear. It then precisely identifies frequencies that are artificially distorted by your environment, and reduces their energy, to reveal the music that would otherwise be hidden.

Whatever speakers you use, and however you’ve designed your room, you’ll hear a performance that’s optimised uniquely for you. All Linn systems have Space Optimisation built in, and it’s available as a free software upgrade to all Linn DS owners too.

Optimised for your chosen speakers
Your speakers play a key role in determining the behaviour of sound in your room. Because every speaker design is different, the sound from your particular speakers has a unique set of interactions with your surroundings. Space Optimisation models these interactions by taking account of the characteristics of your speakers, such as the position of each drive unit and the response of bass reflex ports.

Combining this information with the modelling of your room’s acoustics enables Space Optimisation to optimise the sound uniquely for your chosen speakers. Designed to work with whatever brand of speakers you choose.

Place your speakers where you want them
The interactions between your speakers and the boundaries of your room can dramatically distort the sound that you hear. For example, placing a speaker near to a wall will add energy to particular low frequencies, masking other areas of the music. Until now, there has been a choice: place your speakers in the ideal location for sound, or choose a more practical location that compromises sound quality.

Space Optimisation is able to recreate the sound of the ideal location, from your preferred, practical location to give you the best of both worlds. Now you can place your speakers exactly where you want them and still enjoy great performance.

Optimised for your custom environment

The characteristics of your room affect the sound you hear. Sound waves reflecting off your walls, ceiling and floor create peaks of increased energy at specific frequencies. Construction materials, furnishings and features like doors and windows, also affect how much energy is reflected, and the length of time it takes to decay.

Space Optimisation allows your Linn Specialist to identify the precise frequencies affected and reduce their energy by just the right amount, removing the distorting effect of your room to reveal the true sound of the music. Design your home the way you want to and enjoy a performance that’s optimised for you.

Sneaky Music DS
Mains Supply Voltage
(auto ranging)
100 – 120 V ac (±10%) 50 – 60 hz
200 – 240 V ac (±10%) 50 – 60 hz
Fuse 250 V, t1.6 a (not user replaceable)
Power Consumption Standby
10 W

14 W
Maximum continuous
120 W
Audio Sample Rates 7.35 k, 8 k, 11.025 k, 12 k, 14.7 k, 16 k, 22.05 k, 24 k, 29.4 k, 32 k, 44.1 k, 48 k, 88.2 k, 96 k, 176.4 k, 192 k
Word Depths 16 – 24 bits
Ethernet Interface 100Base-t rJ45
Control Protocol Compatible with upnp™ media servers
UPnP™ aV 1.0 control points
Local Control RS232 x 2 rJ11
Connector Types Optical digital output
Coaxial digital output
RCA phono

Line outputs
RCA phono

Speaker outputs
Inverted safety 4 mm BFA sockets
Speaker Outputs Inverted safety 4 mm Bfa sockets
Output Impedance Line outputs
300 Ω
Speaker outputs
0.06 Ω
Output Voltage Line outputs
2.8 V peak, 2 V rms (0 dBfs)
Speaker outputs
15 V peak, 10 V rms (0 dBfs, 16.6 dB gain, vol. 79)
Output Offset Line outputs
< 2 mV
Speaker outputs
< 3 mV
Dimensions (H x W x D) 44.5mm x 345mm x 274mm
Weight 2.7 kg (6 lb)