Linn Kiko



Key Features

  • Review Price: £2500.00
  • 33W RMS amplifier
  • Aluminium enclosures
  • 3 HDMI inputs
  • Optical/coaxial digital audio inputs


Linn usually makes terribly expensive but utterly lovely hi-fi systems – its Akurate bookshelf speakers alone cost around five grand – so expensive in fact that by comparison the Linn Kiko audio system looks pretty affordable at just £2,500.

Linn Kiko Design

The Linn Kiko is much more than just a basic stereo speaker system too. The package includes the two speakers, and a lounge-unifying main control box that resembles a Sony PS3 – a classier-looking alternative though, naturally.

Both the speakers and the head unit are housed in a smooth anodised shell of aluminium, available in an array of shades. White, black, light blue, dark blue, champagne and silver are all options, ensuring the Linn Kiko a look that’s debonair rather than daring. There’s no shocking pink option here.

The Linn Kiko’s dimensions also plant it firmly in lifestyle system territory. Its speakers are just 26cm high, which is fairly small for a hi-fi bookshelf speaker. There’s a hanging bracket on each speaker cabinet too, letting the system insinuate itself into your living even more easily.

Linn Kiko 4

Linn Kiko Connectivity

The Linn Kiko is clearly intended as a music lover’s system, rather than one for cinephiles. This is a dyed-in-the-wool 2.0 system, with no way to bulk up the sound with a subwoofer, or upgrade it to 5.1 surround.

It’s fully capable of taking on any modern source, though. It’s primarily designed as a wireless (although not wires-free) music streamer, but the Linn Kiko control box also houses three HDMI outputs, a phono audio input, optical and coaxial digital inputs plus a 3.5mm input on the front. You can switch between sources easily using the typically classy metal-bodied remote or the Kiko software. And crucially, there’s an HDMI output that lets the system act as a video passthrough.
Linn Kiko 1
It can take on a bevy of gadgets, and once fully-setup the Linn Kiko is pretty wire-heavy for a wireless streamer. To add to this, there’s no inbuilt Wi-Fi – you have to connect directly to a router using the Ethernet port – and the cables that plug the speakers into the base unit are monstrously thick.

They’re much higher-quality than we’d actually expect from a “mere” two-grand system, and have balanced Neutrik connectors, which is good to hear. In 95 per cent of scenarios the thickness of the cabling should prove no problem as the base unit is designed to live on a pretty substantial piece of furniture. It’s not heavy, but it is over 20cm deep.

To ease your way into using the wireless features of the Linn Kiko, there’s a software wizard that takes you through the process step-by-step. And as it uses a direct connection with your router rather than Wi-Fi, there’s no faffing about with WEP keys and the like.

We found the process unusually pain-free, and Linn offers its recommended software downloads on the support section of its website. It’s all based around an application called Kinsky, a Linn-developed app that lets you control and stream to the Linn Kiko from a computer, iPhone or iPad. It’s not currently the most intuitive software for absolute beginners but does come with a handful of Linn Kiko-specific controls.

Using the third-party Songcast and Songbox bits of software, also available from the Linn website, you can easily stream your existing iTunes music library to the Kiko system. And, as you’d expect of a “high-end” system like this, audiophile codecs including OGG and FLAC are supported, up to 24-bit/192KHz quality.

At present it’s not quite as easy to use as a full Sonos system – once fully up-and-running – but it is much, much more flexible. It’s in an open relationship with wireless, not an exclusive one.

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