Happy birthday Mark Levinson! The company has a very special milestone to celebrate. To commemorate the occasion, the company will introduce The 40th Anniversary Collection at this week’s Consumer Electronics Show.
The 40th Anniversary Collection will feature the № 52 Reference Dual-Monaural Preamplifier, the № 585 Integrated Amplifier, the № 519 SACD Disc Player, and the № 560 Digital Audio Processor.
The № 52 Reference Dual-Monaural Preamplifier (pictured) has an all-analog, dual-monaural design with a two-chassis configuration that separates the analog audio circuitry from the control section. This boasts pure signal paths.
Other features include three balanced XLR and four unbalanced RCA line-level inputs, and a dedicated phono input that is selectable for moving coil (MC) or moving magnet (MM) operation. It also has a unity gain SSP (surround sound processor) output and connectivity via Ethernet, a USB port, Mark Levinson’s proprietary ML Net, a 12-volt trigger and IR control ports.
Featuring a brushed metal black and silver faceplate accented by red illumination against a glass center panel, the № 52 Reference Dual Monaural Preamplifier will be priced at $25,000.
Designed for audiophiles, the № 585 Integrated Amplifier is an all-in-one audio control center in a compact design. Priced at $10,000, this unit has three analog line-level audio inputs, an MC/MM phono input and six digital audio inputs. Promising 225 watts per channel of power output into 8 ohms, it also has 32-bit/192kHz digital-to-analog converters and a dedicated subwoofer output. Other features include HDMI 1.3, USB, AES/EBU and coaxial S/PDIF inputs, and USB and S/PDIF digital outputs.
The $8,000 № 519 SACD Disc Player has dual 32-bit/192kHz audiophile-grade digital to analog converters and doubles as a complete digital preamp. It has four S/PDIF and USB digital inputs, plus XLR and RCA analog and HDMI 1.3, AES/EBU, optical and coaxial S/PDIF outputs and an onboard digital volume control. It also provides direct SACD audio output via its HDMI connection and high-resolution LPCM digital audio. Other features include dedicated input and volume control knobs, a USB connector, and Ethernet, ML Link, 12V trigger and IR ports.
Last, but certainly not least, is the № 560 Digital Audio Processor. Available for $6,000, the № 560 can pump up computer audio, disc transports, streaming media devices and other digital sources via its dual 32-bit, 192kHz premium digital to analog converters, digital volume control and engineering. The unit has two optical and two coaxial S/PDIF inputs, three USB 2.0 connectors, two HDMI inputs with DSD (Direct Stream Digital)-direct capability and an AES/EBU XLR input. The No 560’s XLR and RCA analog outputs facilitate connection to an amplifier or preamplifier.
“Since its founding in 1972, no other brand has been as consistently synonymous with ultimate-performance audio as Mark Levinson,” said Jim Garrett, Senior Manager, Marketing Harman Luxury Audio Group. “Our heritage has always been one of uncompromising technological innovation in the service of pure music reproduction, and the 40th Anniversary Collection is the embodiment of everything we’ve learned in the last 40 years – along with significant new design and engineering advancements.”
Mark Levinson has yet to announce availability for its 40th Anniversary Collection. However, if you are out in Vegas this week, you can get a peek (and probably a listen) at the collection during the Consumer Electronics Show.
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