Mark Levinson is a legendary audio brand with a strong foothold in the luxury audio market. When you buy a Mark Levinson product, you’re paying not only for high-quality engineering, but also for robust build quality and sumptuous finishes, with everything designed and manufactured here in the United States. These are desirable traits to be sure, but they’ll cost you. The least expensive preamp and power amp combination currently on offer from the company will set you back $23,000. Budget-minded millionaires might opt instead for an integrated amp, such as the № 585.5, which sells for “just” $16,000.… Read the full article
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Harman’s Mark Levinson brand has a new series of integrateds launching and the debut at this year’s Rocky Mountian Audiofest started bright and early Friday morning. Scheduled during the last timeslot of the press-dedicated pre-opening hours, the morning’s Earl Grey had yet to fully take hold.
Drawing on the success of the ML 500 series, the new 5000’s actually take a significant step down the price ladder to $8,500 for the class AB 120 watt (into 8 ohms) 5805 and $7,000 for the 5802.… Read the full article
Revel loudspeakers and Mark Levinson electronics – two Harman brands now moving distribution in Australia to Convoy International.
Convoy International has announced it will be distributing Mark Levinson electronics and Revel loudspeakers in Australia.
“We deliver the best products with easy and friendly operation that work and deliver accurate and real music at affordable price regardless of the price point,” says Geoff Matthews, CEO of Convoy, quoting the company’s mission statement. “As part of that mission we are delighted to announce today that Convoy will now market, distribute and be the home of two additional world-famous audio brands.”
Matthews offers up an impressive list of the brands which Convoy has brought to Australia in more than 50 years of operation since its founding in 1965: Nakamichi, TDK, Hitachi, Accuphase, McIntosh, Systemdek, Bluesound, Harman/Kardon, Bowers and Wilkins, Monster Cable, Beats by Dr Dre, Sol Republic, Lexicon, NAD, JBL, Cary Audio and IsoAcoustics.… Read the full article
When I reviewed the Mark Levinson No.536 monoblock, I said that its sound quality was second to none. However, its stratospheric price of $30,000/pair unnerved me—only seven of the 35 top-rated solid-state power amplifiers listed in the April 2017 edition of Stereophile’s “Recommended Components” cost more, and a similar number (not the same models) deliver more power into 8 ohms. “But don’t despair,” I wrote—”Mark Levinson has just released a less expensive version of the No.536: the dual-mono, 350Wpc No.534 stereo amp ($20,000).” I requested a review sample of the No.534, to see if it matched the No.536’s outstanding qualities of build and sound.… Read the full article
If you hadn’t been at High End in Munich or CEDIA in San Franscisco last year, CES 2018 would have been your first chance to see the latest version of the Mark Levinson 585 integrated amplifier. The upgrades are so minor that they apparently don’t even justify a new number, just a tacked-on ‘0.5’, so it’s known as the Mark Levinson No 585.5.
The change is the addition of the same phono stage found in the award winning Nº 523 and Nº 526 preamplifiers, a discrete design (no op-amps at all!) that operates exclusively in Class-A and uses tantalum nitride thin-film resistors and polypropylene capacitors.… Read the full article
Harman’s performance audio director of engineering, Todd Eichenbaum, was on hand to explain the “.5” updates to the ML 585. “The 585.5 is the same at the original 585 integrated, but adds the same phono stage as the 523 and 526 preamps.” The 585.5 has been shipping since late last year at $16,000
Next to the 585.5 is the new 515 turntable which was in prototype form at last CES and is now shipping. Cost is $10,000 without cartridge or $12,500 with an Ortofon Cadenza Bronz cartridge installed at the factory.… Read the full article
For those of you looking for a high end turntable, your search is over. Premium stereo component manufacturer Mark Levinson recently released their $10,000 № 515 Turntable. The № 515 turntable was designed and built in collaboration with recognized high end audio manufacturer VPI Industries. Although VPI designs and builds exceptional turntables in their own right, this is the first turntable worthy of the Mark Levinson name.
The № 515 is based on a highly damped vinyl-wrapped composite and aluminum sandwich main chassis.… Read the full article
Dinesh Paliwal, CEO of Harman International Industries, was addressing engineers and the audio press in a crowded conference room at the opening of Harman Luxury Audio’s new Engineering Center of Excellence (ECOE), in Shelton, Connecticut. Paliwal singled out as the ECOE’s first beneficiary the Mark Levinson brand, with the goal of revitalizing it as Harman’s flagship marque. (Other brands in the HII stable include Harman Kardon, Infinity, JBL, Crown, AKG, Lexicon, and Revel.) To achieve this, he gave the ECOE team access to Harman’s R&D budget of $400 million; brought on Todd Eichenbaum, formerly of Krell, to be its Director; and hired 11 more engineers.… Read the full article
Mark Levinson has been on a comeback in recent years, adding top staff and developing an ambitious plan to revitalize its brand in the luxury home-audio market.
Those moves started about five years ago when parent Harman International hired Todd Eichenbaum from Krell as director of engineering and set up a 12-person design and development team. A new plant also opened in Connecticut, and Harman gave Levinson access to a $400 million R&D budget.
The fruits of those efforts are coming to market now in a flurry of new products.… Read the full article
Mark Levinson has been showing its 519 Audio player at hi-fi shows around the world for more than a year. At CES 2017 Harman announced that it’s finally gone into production…
‘This is a truly modern audio system that enables music lovers to play absolutely everything,’ said Jim Garrett, of Harman, [pictured above] which manufacturers Mark Levinson equipment. ‘It has a superb-sounding precision link ESS 32-bit/192kHz DAC which you can access wirelessly, via Bluetooth, or via asynchronous USB, or via a network or by a wired connection, and stream anything you want: Spotify, Tidal, Qobuz, Deezer, Rhapsody/Napster, internet radio, the lot… and because lots of people own lots of CDs, we’ve included a front-loading CD player.’
The slot-loading CD player is cleverer than most others, because when you load a CD, the 519 will search the internet automatically and, on its full-colour, high-resolution 127mm TFT display, which show that CD’s album art and, as it’s playing, album and track name information, along with artist details.… Read the full article