Linn Series 5 520 Exakt Active Speakers


Linn Series 5 520 Exakt Active Speakers

Linn Series 5 520 Exakt Active Speakers

The 530's little sister has all the same Exakt electronics, amps and customisation options in an even more compact package.

key features

  • Fully Aktiv Exakt module
  • Custom designed drive units
  • 200 W of power amplification
  • 2 Exakt Link connections
  • Customisable with selection of Linn Fabriks
  • Top plate and stand available in black, grey and white

compact and customisable

Enjoy all the musicality and finesse of an integrated Linn speaker packed with technology, in Linn's most compact design yet. Designed to be personalised for you and your home, the size and styling are subtle but the performance will stand out.

Customise the look and place them where they fit best in your room; Space Optimisation+ takes care of optimising the sound for your room's characteristics and chosen speaker location.

create your own look

Select your Fabrik cover, top plate and stand to personalise your speakers. With so many colours and textiles to choose from, and designer collections like Timorous Beasties, there's a look to complement any interior.

Fancy a change? All Linn Fabrik covers, tops and stands are available separately so you can refresh the look as often as you like.


Linn's latest systems use Exakt technology to preserve the natural sound of every instrument.

Until now, no speaker system has ever been able to synchronise all the elements that make up every note, including all the harmonics. Exakt ensures the perfect time alignment of every part of every note, so now you can enjoy the same natural sound that was recorded by the artist.

Space Optimisation

Using sophisticated acoustic modelling, Space Optimisation builds a complete picture of how your speakers, their placement, and the unique characteristics of your room interact to affect the sound you hear.

By removing the unwanted distorting effects of your listening environment, it reveals the true sound of the music. Now you can place your speakers exactly where you want them and still enjoy great performance.

Linn Fabrik

To offer the unique style and customisation possibilities of Series 5, without affecting the performance, we came up with a new way to finish speakers — Linn Fabrik.

Linn's unique Exakt technology models the effects of each Fabrik’s characteristics on the frequency and phase response of every drive unit in the speakers. Exakt's digital crossover eliminates any unwanted distorting effects to ensure that no matter which Fabrik you choose, your speakers will produce the same breathtaking performance we designed here in the factory.

precisely crafted cabinets

The foundation of any good speaker design is an enclosure that lets the drive units work with maximum efficiency, without colouring the sound.

For Series 5, Linn used a layered composite of 3mm sheets. Using multiple thin layers actually increases the tensile strength and therefore rigidity of the material, while still preserving its acoustically dead properties. Combined with the braced construction, this results in a cabinet that doesn’t add unwanted vibrations and doesn’t ring, but does give the drive units an incredibly stable platform to work from.

custom-designed drive units

The ambitious design of Series 5 led to a unique set of requirements for the drive units that couldn’t be met by any existing specification.

The 530 needed compact yet very long-throw, low-resonance units for use in the Isobarik bass system. The unique arrangement of tweeter and bass/mid driver on both models also required customised drive units. The bass/mid driver uses a unique doped, dual-layer, sliced cone design and an anti-resonant chamber on the back of the high quality tweeter improves high frequency performance when used in conjunction with the familiar Linn ‘skoop’, producing outstanding dispersion characteristics.

integrated Exakt modules

Each speaker has a dedicated digital crossover, volume control, digital-to-analogue converter and amplifier for every drive unit. So where are all the extra boxes and cables?

That’s where Linn’s expertise in integrated speaker design comes in. Each speaker has a module suspension-mounted on the back to acoustically isolate it from the cabinet. Packed inside are all the Exakt electronics and powerful amps needed to deliver the natural, effortless sound. Cooling is performed passively without any noisy fans, via the aluminium heat sink hidden behind the Linn Fabrik. Providing power and precision without any extra boxes, it’s our neatest integrated speaker design to date.

  • fully integrated Aktiv loudspeaker with built-in Exakt technology
  • on-board amps
  • 2-way floorstander
  • connections: Exakt link x 2
  • on-board amps: 2x100W
  • Exkat digital crossover
  • ported bass reflex
  • tweeter: silk dome with anti-resonant chamer
  • midrange: doped 2-layer sliced
  • standard fabrik: aubergine, black, blueberry, paprika
  • special fabrik Harris Tweed: barley, granite, grouse, peat, spruce
  • special fabrik Timorous Beasties: birdbranch, birds n bees, grand blotch damask, indie wood, kaleido splatt, omni splatt, thistle
  • cabinet volume: 20 litres
  • dimensions: width 224mm, height 892mm, depth 218mm
  • weight: 18kg

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