January 17th, 2017
At CES 2017 Mark Levinson announced a trio of new products,
Mark Levinson No.515 turntable ($10,000 - $12,000)
What better way to celebrate a brand's 45th anniversary than to produce its first turntable? That's exactly what luxury US hi-fi brand Mark Levinson has done with the introduction of its No.515 turntable - developed in conjunction with VPI Industries.
Not only does it look the part, but it has all the engineering prowess you'd expect from the two companies.
At $10,000 (without a factory-fitted cartridge) it's certainly not a budget buy, but that's hardly the point. A product such as this is a serious purchase and should give a lifetime of satisfaction.
Mark Levinson No.523 stereo preamplifier ($15,000)
The No.523 is an all-new design. It features six line-level inputs, a phono preamplifier, and a headphone amplifier (there's a 1/4" jack on the preamp's front panel). The No.523 is identical in every way to Levinson's No.526 preamplifier ($20,000), apart from lacking that unit's internal DAC.
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Mark Levinson No.534 stereo amplifier ($20,000)
The No.534 is a fully differential, fully discrete, dual-monaural amplifier. It uses the company's Pure Path circuit design, which includes a folded cascode, high-bias circuit to drive its 24 output transistors (12 per channel), and low negative feedback. All voltage-gain stages operate in class-A. The rear panel allows for modern systems integration capabilities: Ethernet, RS-232, and USB for upgrading, monitoring, and network control.