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Link Audio manufactures or has manufactured the following equipment (click to expand models list):

Dynamic Speakers
 

General information [contribute]

Link Audio web site (December 2002): With the reproduction of a music recording through loudspeakers there is only ONE way to do his correctly. It is complete hogwash to state that there is a type of loudspeaker for every kind of music genre. In contrast to musical instruments, loudspeakers are not supposed to have any sound character of their own.

The loudspeaker designer has to seek for maximum transparency , minimum distortion , uniform dispersion and absolute neutrality. This is a difficult task cause the better he succeeds in this task the more that the source shortcomings become clear. This is the major reasons why large commercial manufacturers are making compromises (with exception of their toprange) in the transparency 'tuning' of their speakers. LINK loudspeakers are making no compromise and even the smallest model , the K50, has been designed and tuned to the highest level of all this parameters.

Cabinet construction

Every LINK loudspeaker is assembled from high-density MDF panels thats are internally braced with a 'polyspant' construction. Every parasitic resonance is eliminated from the start. The loudspeaker units are mounted on a 30 mm thick baffle.

Cabinet design

In the design of every LINK model shape follows function. The elegant design therefore is the result of an optimal aesthetic but also acoustical integration in the living environment.

The cabinet shape plays a very important role in the dispersion of the sound waves, especially if one is going to look to the spectral content from different angles. This frequency uniform dispersion is the key factor where LINK loudspeakers have always been far ahead any competition.

This is necessary to reproduce a correct stereo image with a neutral sound balance since the perceived sound consists of the sum of direct and reflected sound. Every LINK loudspeaker has a very wide and spectral uniform dispersion pattern of at least 120 degrees. (20 - 10 Khz , B600 15 Khz)

Cabinet tuning

Each loudspeaker has an optimised volume, precisely tuned to the bass-loudspeakerunit. LINK loudspeakers are double tuned: first the internal volume is tuned for a deep and pure pulse bass reproduction. Secondly the tuning also takes consideration of the external volume of the living room so that the final amplitude frequency response is linear in the listening environment.

All too often loudspeakers are still tuned in an 'anechoic' room for the most linear bass reproduction. Once these models are put in the real listening room they tend to sound 'boomy'

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Loudspeakerunits and crossover

The same rules are adapted here. The loudspeaker units should be regarded as 'air pumps' that have to put air into movement without any loss. Therefore it is imperative that the cone of the woofer or the dome of the tweeter stays in exactly the same physical shape. The loudspeaker units used in LINK loudspeakers have membranes made out of the most rigid materials available. The basunits have a sandwich cone construction made of five different layers. This has the advantage over the usual stiff aluminium or Kevlar or carbon conethat the peak resonance associated with these materials can be eliminated.

The tweeter has an ultra light stiff aluminium dome damped with through the flexible polymer surround and a voice coil immersed into ferrofluid. The use of ferrofluid has not only the advantage of cooling the voice coil and allowing very high dynamic sound reproduction but also of linearising the impedance curve allowing the crossover filter to work optimally.

The quality of the chosen loudspeakers is such that the crossover filter can be kept as simple as possible allowing a minimal phase and therefore pure pulse sound reproduction. More components often mean less quality cause of the loss of transparency in the sound. The choice of the crossover point has been critically chosen to ensure an optimal integration between the units. This explains the absolute homogenity and wide linear dispersion of the sound, so typical for every LINK model.

History[contribute]

Link Audio web site (December 2002):

1981 The early beginnings of LINK audio components: the first model M-21 is born. Every knowledge is put into this model and immediately it is positively accepted. Soon a compact model, the S-21, will join it.

1984 A lower priced model, the P21 forms the base of the range. Meanwhile the first contacts with Dutch dealers were closed positively.

1986 A total restyling and redesigning of the range with the walnut finished S22, M22 and the first top model, the B31 forces the breakthrough on the Dutch market. The combination of an isobaric bandpass subwoofer technology will soon appear to be trendsetting.

1988 Inspired on the Art-Deco design, the new M-23 model in a high gloss black lacquer finish optimises the symbiosis between technical and aesthetical design. Through this unique design and the resulting wide dispersion, the listening position becomes uncritical. Through its transparency the reproduction becomes almost tactile and really three-dimensional. LINK audio components is been appointed as official distributor for the UK based Art Audio and Grant tube amplifiers.

1992 The distribution of the LINK audio products for the Dutch market is put into the hands of Lexi-Cone. The range now holds six models: < href="/Home-Audio/Link-Audio/P-21">P-21, P-100, S-22, M-22, M-23 and still on the top the B-31.After a long search, we finally are glad to introduce a new amplifier range, Audiogram.It makes tube transparency accessible with the newest Hexfet technology

1996 At last, after ten years of supremacy a new model the B600 takes over the torch of the precious B-31.The new design is revolutionary in every aspect. The unique design finalizes the dream of the designer. As a result of this design, the controlled dispersion of the sound over a window of more than 100 degrees with a linear amplitude/frequency behaviour is achieved. This feature combined with the multilayer cone technology sets the limits to the competition almost unreachable.

1998 The introduction of the new M-300 model in cherry wood veneer gives an answer of the changed tastes of interior design. Based on the design of the top model, the slim design integrates optimally in the living room surroundings. We are glad to become the distributor of the Daleson tube amplifier range.

1999 The new K-250 model impresses by the contrast between its compactness and dynamic capabilities. After years of empirical research we are proud to introduce the first LINK loudspeaker cable, the Korund.

2002 LINK audio components celebrates its 21th anniversary with the introduction of probably the most compact high end speaker ever made, the K-50 We are proud to start with the distribution of the beautiful Pathos amplifiers.

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