Basil Newsletter 2017

Showroom Hours
11am to 7pm (Monday to Saturday)
12pm to 5pm (Sunday)

Other times by appointment
please phone (408) 647-5407

Los Gatos Showrooms
479 North Santa Cruz Ave
Los Gatos, CA  95030

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Linn Klimax featuring Katalyst – technology deep dive

Event dates & times:

Saturday, June 17th @ 10:00am
Sunday, June 18th @ 10:30am & 2:00pm
Saturday, June 24th @ 10:00am
Sunday, June 25th @ 10:30am & 2:00pm

Now that Linn are incorporating Katalyst analogue play back creation technology in the Klimax and Akurate Exakt technology product ranges join us as we demonstrate and compare Katalyst vs non Katalyst technologies using the Linn DS and DSM streamer pre amplifiers to compare back and forth between the old and new sound.

Developed with a single aim – the best musical performance possible – a Klimax network music player will preserve every last musical detail.  Every aspect of its design has been optimised for performance, from the class-leading electronics inside to the clamshell enclosure, machined from a solid billet of aluminum.  Klimax DSM and DS both offer resolution up to 24-bit 192 kHz .  Katalyst DAC architecture.  Width 350mm, Height 60mm, Depth 355mm.

Klimax DS is Linn’s best dedicated network music player, while Klimax DSM combines the best streaming quality with the flexibility to connect other music sources.

The Chord Company Music Cables

Chord Music XLR (L)         Chord Music DIN (R)
Exclusive discount on all Chord Interconnects this month:  please use promo code BASIL-10

The Chord Company has been designing and hand-building cables for hi-fi and home cinema in England since 1985.

It all started over dinner one night in Salisbury, when a group of visiting Naim Audio USA retailers asked Naim Audio UK for a good-quality DIN-to-RCA interconnect.  At the table, was one Sally Gibb, then married to a Naim Audio executive, who made the suggestion that she make the cables and start a business.  With the blessing of Naim Audio, the journey to make cables for America began.

WIth USA referring to cables as ‘chords’, The Chord Company, with its obvious musical connotations, seemed perfect and it quickly stuck.

Like all Chord Music cables, the XLR is hand built.  To produce the very best performance, an extra conductor has been added.  Taylon insulated cable will let you hear exactly what your system is producing.

Chord Music DIN cable will do for Naim systems what the RCA does for RCA connected systems.  Everything disappears except for the music.  Extra detail, nuance and the subtlest of touches – all revealed in a clear and natural way.

For a complete list of Chord cables carried by Basil Audio visit our homepage at

NAP500DR – rear view
NAIM NAP 500 DR – Deep Dive Event      
Debut product in the reference 500 Series range, the NAP 500 is an expression of Naim Audio amplifier technology.  Its design was honed over six years of collaborative work with suppliers of specialist parts and each product takes days of dedicated assembly by skilled technicians in Salisbury, England.

The 500 also includes the high power Naim Audio DR (Discrete Regulator) technology used in the Statement to provide the smooth, stable power supply Linn knows is critical for the audio electronics to make music come to life.

These two new technologies, combined with other small improvements to layout and componentry, mean the NAP 500 DR can produce even more of the fundamental musical pace, rhythm and timing that made the orginals so popular with music lovers.

Call to Action

What:  Deep Dive – Naim DR series power amplifier technology featuring NAP500DR, NAP300DR, NAP250DR, Ovator S-800 loudspeakers

When:  Friday, June 23 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Where:  Basil Audio Showrooms (479 North Santa Cruz Ave., Los Gatos, CA)


To book a demo for this very special Naim product please call us at 408 647 5407 or email today.

Live Jazz artists at ‘Jazz on the Plazz’ – Los Gatos Town Plaza Park
Every Wednesday evening beginning 6/21 at 6:30pm

Look for Basil’s tent – leave your card to participate in our raffle for a free giveaway at the end of ‘Jazz on the Plazz’ season.

Supporting the arts locally for the residents of Los Gatos and nearby Saratoga and Monte Sereno towns is the vision of Los Gatos Music and Arts.  The live music of jazz artists is a great opportunity for Basil Audio to highlight our music brand partners Linn, Naim & The Chord Company.  Basil Audio is excited to participate in all 10 events during this year’s annual summer ‘Jazz on the Plazz’ concerts.

Call to Action

Visit the Basil homepage for the complete list of jazz artists, dates and times at

Look for the Basil tent at ‘Jazz on the Plazz’ and see for yourself Linn’s iconic LP12 turntable (6/21) and Linn’s Klimax DSM Digital Streamer (6/28).

In the month of June, Basil’s tent will highlight the following:

  • Wednesday, June 21st @ 6:30pm – Linn LP12 Klinik (Basil’s staff will be on hand to answer questions about what we do at a Klinik)
  • Wednesday, June 28th @ 6:30pm – Linn Klimax DSM Digital Streamer

In the month of July, Basil’s tent will highlight the following:

  • Wednesday, July 5th @ 6:30pm – The best of Linn in miniature
  • Wednesday, July 12th @ 6:30pm – Linn Akurate 530 System
  • Wednesday, July 19th @ 6:30pm – Naim New Uniti Models
  • Wednesday, July 26th @ 6:30pm – Linn LP12 Klinik (Basil’s staff will be on hand to answer questions about what we do at a Klinik)

For a sound demonstration visit Basil’s showrooms for a demo at 479 North Santa Cruz Ave, Los Gatos, CA 95030.

Click to see  Basil Events Calendar for June


Linn Playback:  Jazz & Blues artists both vinyl & streaming
Join us at the Basil Audio Showrooms for Linn Playback where we’ll be listening to stunning tracks from some of the world’s most renowned jazz artists.

Experience your favourite music in breathtaking detail through a Linn music system as we showcase both vinyl and streaming.

  • Tuesday, June 20th @ 6:30pm – Billie Holiday Linn Playback
  • Tuesday, June 27th @ 6:30pm – Miles Davis Linn Playback

Upcoming July Playback Events:

  • Tuesday, July 4th – John Coltrane Lnn Playback
  • Tuesday, July 11th – Duke Ellington Linn Playback
  • Tuesday, July 18th – Thelonious Monk Linn Playback
  • Tuesday, July 25th – Louis Armstrong Linn Playback


Naim new Uniti Core and Atom Models – What is new Uniti?

New Uniti is the next incarnation of the Uniti family all-in-one players.  Inspired by Naim’s passion for music, new Uniti is a highly advanced all-in-one streaming platform with five times the power of the previous generation.  Combining seamless digital technology with a rich analogue soul to deliver sound quality and musical performance with ease of use and joy of ownership.

Ready to go – just add speakers, Uniti gives instant access, total clarity and no compromises on quality, all within a beautiful all-in-one form.  The advance connectvity will unleaash music wherever it is stored.

New Uniti is unique, with bit-perfect ripping and music serving technologies, a completely new and state-of-the-art streaming platform delivering a unique superior feature set, over-the-air updates, beautiful industrial design and true Naim high-fidelity sound.

Call to Action

See the Naim Uniti Core and Atom for yourself in the Basil tent at ‘Jazz on the Plazz’.


  • Where:  Basil Audio Tent, Los Gatos Town Plaza Park
  • When:  Wednesday, July 19th
  • Time:   6:30pm – 8:30pm
Coming soon!
Naim Uniti Core – a HDD Music Server that is fuss-free, no compromise solution to ripping, storing, cataloguing and playing your entire music collection. Brushed black aluminum casing.

Naim Uniti Atom All-in-One Player. Brushed black aluminum casing.

What is Roon?  Basil’s on-hand staff will be available to answer your questions.

New Product: Melco N1A Mk2 
N1A/2 is a development of the N1A to further improve sound quality especially for USB-DAC users.  A dedicated Neutrik USB 2.0 port connects to the DAC for optimum sound quality.

  • Plug-n-play audiophile music server
  • Designed for high quality audio without compromising functionality
  • 4TB capacity (2x2TB 3.5″ HDD)

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What:  Linn LP12 Klinik

When:  Friday, June 30th

Time:  12:00pm – 5:00pm

Where:  Basil Audio Showrooms – 479 N. Santa Cruz Ave., Los Gatos, CA  95030

Come and experience Linn LP12 turntable and potential upgrades at Basil Audio’s Linn Klinik event.

We’ll be demonstrating a Linn LP12 turntable with and without some specific upgrades to show you what those upgrades are and to illustrate how this improves the sound quality.

This event is a great chance for anyone with an LP12 or interest in vinyl to come and experience how LP12 upgrades improve sound quality and how we at Basil Audio are on hand to assist LP12 owners in their upgrade path.  In other words, whether you own an LP12 or not, everyone is welcome.  Feel free to bring your own vinyl records!  We’ll also have a good selection of new and used records to play.

Call us at (408) 647-5407 or email today to add your name to the list.


June calendar of upcoming events at Basil Audio Showrooms – 479 North Santa Cruz Ave., Los Gatos, CA
  • Saturday, June 10th @ 7:00pm – Deep Dive – Naim DR series power amplifiers
  • Sunday, June 11th @ 7:00pm – Deep Dive – Naim DR series power amplifiers
  • Saturday, June 17th @ 10:00am – Linn Klimax featuring Katalyst
  • Sunday, June 18th @ 10:30am & 2pm – Linn Klimax featuring Katalyst (morning & afternoon)
  • Tuesday, June 20th @ 6:30pm – Billie Holiday Linn Playback
  • Friday, June 23rd @ 7:00pm – Deep Dive – Naim DR series power amplifiers
  • Saturday, June 24th @ 10:00am – Linn Klimax featuring Katalyst
  • Sunday, June 25th @ 10:30am & 2pm – Linn Klimax featuring Katalyst (morning & afternoon)
  • Tuesday, June 27th @ 6:30pm – Miles Davis Linn Playback
  • Friday, June 30th @ 12:00pm – Linn LP12 Klinik

To book a demo for any of these very special Linn & Naim products please call us at 408 647 5407 or email today.