Mark Levinson has announced two models from the new 5000 series, the № 5805 and № 5802 integrated amplifiers
The foundation of the Nº 5805 is its patent-pending, fully discrete, direct-coupled, dual-monaural line-level preamp circuitry plus a single gain stage mated to a digitally controlled resistor network for volume adjustment. Each of its three stereo line level inputs—one balanced XLR and two single-ended, using custom Mark Levinson RCA connectors—has its own individual signal switching relays.
Like the 500 series components, the Main Drive headphone output employs a preamp output stage specifically designed with the current and power capacity to drive headphones directly, in Pure Class A, without a separate headphone amp. The № 5805 also includes newly designed MM/MC phono stage with front panel selectable gain levels and infrasonic filters and rear panel capacitive and resistive loading settings.
The Nº 5805 adds the Mark Levinson Precision- Link II DAC. The ESS Sabre 32bit DAC supports one coaxial and two optical S/PDIF and one asynchronous USB for playback of high resolution PCM (up to 32bit/192kHz) and DSD (up to DSD 5.6) files. A XMOS USB audio processor also decodes and renders MQA-encoded files.
The № 5802 is an all-digital integrated amplifier featuring the same Precision- Link II DAC expanded to six digital audio inputs: one AES, two coaxial and two optical S/PDIF and one asynchronous USB for playback of high resolution PCM (up to 32bit/192kHz) and DSD (up to DSD 5.6) files. TheNº5802 includes MQA technology. A Bluetooth receiver equipped with aptXHD is included.
Both 5000 Series amplifiers feature an oversized (500+ VA) toroidal transformer with individual secondary windings for the left and right channels. The voltage gain stage employs a topology directly descended from the Nº 534 amplifier, which is mated to an output stage comprising two high-speed driver transistors operating in class A and six 260V, 15A output transistors.
The Nº5805 and Nº5802 will be available in first quarter 2019 at $8,500 and $7,000 respectively.
For more information visit marklevinson.com
[Don’t forget to check out my Facebook Group, The Audiophile Man: Hi-Fi & Music here: www.facebook.com/groups/theaudiophileman for exclusive postings, exclusive editorial and more!]