The Scots from Linn are considered to be a leading digital high-tech brand, notwithstanding that the company's reputation is based on the analog legend LP 12. After all, founder Ivor Tiefenbrun and his team were the first to propagate streaming as THE source of future high-quality music listening. They were also the first to implement the consequences and discontinued the production of their world-renowned CD players. Reason: streaming in HiRes sounds better. Quite some time had to pass until the world got this and until the equation streaming = MP3 quality was driven out of the minds of music lovers. However, in the end the economic success of Linn's strategy proved them right.
Today, the Scots are one of the very few hi-fi manufacturers in the world whose production processes could hold their ground even before the eyes of the automotive industry and which manufacture according to the strict worldwide ISO standards. This is all the more impressive given that Linn is still an independent, owner-managed medium-sized company and not a stock-exchange listed corporate group.
Opposites in the team
In contrast, the small Lower Franconian manufactory Manger is structured and positioned completely differently. Founded in the 70s by Josef W. Manger, the father of today's boss and development manager, the graduate engineer and physicist Daniela Manger.
The trigger for Manger's incentive to develop a new type of loudspeaker was his realisation that an instrument reproduced via loudspeakers lost much of its natural sound. The main reason was mechanical energy storage in dynamic loudspeakers. As a result, he developed a plate diaphragm that behaved electrically like a resistor but was able to play in time.
At the time, a major disadvantage of the design was its small efficiency – it measured only 74 dB. This not only required amplifiers with huge power reserves on the one hand, but on the other hand also set narrow mechanical limits to the possible maximum level.