Veteran Scottish hifi maker Linn would be in most audiophiles’ top five manufacturers in the world. Perhaps because Linn is so high-end, it has never made a wireless speaker. Until now. This is its Series 3, hand-built near Glasgow, and it is simply extraordinary. The volume and deep, massive, majestic quality of sound it produces make me gasp. And most likely my neighbours too. It seems inconceivable that so much glorious sound can come from a pair of unassuming, bookshelf-sized speakers. Devialet’s Phantom speakers from Paris have been my benchmark for small-but-magnificent wireless audio, but the Scots may just have got them beat with this.
Linn Series 3 works with Bluetooth, WiFi and Airplay, and includes an HDMI port so you can run your TV sound through it. It’s pretty easy to set up – not quite child’s play, but OK. You can deploy them singly in mono, but it seems a shame not to link up two as a full-on stereo experience.