Mark Levinson completes the 5000 sequence with a flagship preamp and an influence amplifier


Since 2019, when Mark Levinson officially launched his first two separate 5000-series separates (namely the £ 7,995 / $ 8500 5805 ‘affordable’ stereo amplifier that received a glowing five-star rating from us, and its sister who only over digital inputs, the 5802). The Connecticut company was busy.

The company’s second turntable, the Mark Levinson 5105, was first tested at CES in January 2020 and is now finally available. The company has now officially completed the series with preamplifier # 5206 and power amplifier # 5302 – two products that Mark Levinson categorized as “flagship” are being separated to create the now shipped network streaming SACD player and DAC No. 5101 to be added.

Ready for a little inspection?

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Mark Levinson’s new “flagship” No. 5206 is a new dual mono preamplifier. It features a fully discrete, direct-coupled Class A preamp circuit (for which the design team has received two patents), an MM / MC phono stage, and a headphone output.

According to Mark Levinson, the # 5206 preamp was designed to deliver the performance and quality expected from its top of the line 500 series, but “hot rodded” to offer new affordability.

Each of the four stereo line-level inputs – two balanced XLR and two single-ended inputs with custom Mark Levinson RCA connectors – have their own highly reliable signal switching relays. There’s also a home theater pass-through that works with a 2.1 system and you get bluetooth aptX HD for more flexibility.

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Mark Levinson’s second new flagship in the 5000 series is power amplifier # 5302 (above) with specially designed external heat sinks and handles on the front.

All new products have been tested by Mark Levinson himself as a HALT test (Highly Accelerated Life Testing). Here the 5302 looks more than up to the task.

The amplifier can drive mono or stereo setups and is based on the 5805, but (with enough power for conservative 135 W / ch at 8 ohms, 270 W / ch at 4 ohms and 550 W for mono and stable operation at 2 ohms ) with a much larger power supply.

Mark Levinson quips that where most amplifiers only have an on / off switch, the # 5302 has an IP, RS232, and 12V trigger. The fully discrete, directly coupled class AB amplifier channels draw their power from an oversized 1100 VA toroidal transformer with individual secondary windings for the left and right channels.

And the look? Think of elaborate surfaces, strong geometry and 1 inch thick, bead-blasted, black anodized front panels made of solid aluminum.

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The # 5105 turntable was originally promised for summer 2020, but most plans went a little wrong between January and March 2020. Now he’s finally crossing the pond – and it’s a beautiful beauty.

Like all new separate items in the series, No.5105 is inspired by Mark Levinson’s 500 series of hi-fi components and sees new material combinations “innovated” for the first time.

The solid, 1 inch thick aluminum side walls are bead-blasted and anodized in black. The tinted 25 mm display case in black is embedded in a bead-blasted, clear anodized aluminum bezel. You also have matching aluminum speed and standby controls at hand.

There is a special 10-inch dual-axis black carbon fiber tonearm tube that is fused to a solid aluminum head shell so it doesn’t twist if it gets into the groove of your vinyl. The massive aluminum plate weighs a hefty 14 pounds and is suspended from a hardened steel axle that rotates on ultra-precise bearings.

Everything sits on an aluminum base that is nearly two inches thick, suspended from three adjustable aluminum feet. Each foot uses an internal suspension system made from mixed materials.

The deck is powered by a 12 V synchronous motor with an integrated power supply.

The Mark Levinson No. 5105 can be bought with or without a factory-installed moving coil phono cassette – and this is where the company went for the Ortofon Quintet Black.

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The Mark Levinson # 5101 was first teased a little over a year ago (above) and is billed as a sleek 3-in-1 companion source for the # 5805 or # 5802 series stereo amplifiers. It’s essentially a slot SACD player and premium network streamer that has the company’s PrecisionLink II DAC built into it.

The 32-bit D / A converter ESS PRO Saber of the latest generation with jitter elimination circuit and a fully symmetrical, discrete current-voltage converter forms the heart of the digital audio processing stage. You also get five digital audio inputs: a coaxial and an optical S / PDIF as well as USB for playback of high-resolution PCM (up to 24 bit / 192 KB, network (WiFi and Ethernet) for streaming from a NAS drive that supports FLAC ). WAV, AIFF, OGG, MP3, AAC and WMA as well as the SACD input support disc formats such as SACD, CD-A, CD-R and CD-RW. Also included are two single-ended line line (RCA) outputs and a pair of balanced line-level outputs (XLR).

A newly designed aluminum IR remote control is included with the 5101. The app offers easy access to all of your favorite streaming services.

Record player # 5105 and streaming SACD player # 5101 are shipping now, and flagship amplifier # 5302 and preamplifier # 5206 are shipping later this year.

Prices? The prices for products in the range are between 5500 and 8599 euros. So if you’re still reading, you can get started: amplifier # 5302 costs 8599 euros, preamplifier no. 5206 8599 euros, turntable 5105 The price is £ 5799 without a phono cassette and £ 6,499 with a cassette. The price for the network streaming SACD player and DAC # 5101 is £ 5500. Maybe add something to the Christmas list …


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