Mark Levinson № 519 Audio Player: A Busy Box Of Digital Bits…And Pieces

26th January 2017

High resolution wired and wireless streaming, network, disc and digital inputs

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The № 519 has the ability to play virtually any digital audio format and provides a full complement of wired and wireless digital audio inputs from USB asynchronous streaming and mass storage, Gigabit Ethernet, balanced, optical, coaxial, Wi-Fi, aptX Bluetooth and an integrated slot-loading CD player. In addition, the № 519 includes headphone connectivity and integrated digital volume control allowing it to serve as a fully integrated digital music source.

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High-resolution digital decoding up to 32bit/192kHz from PCM and double-speed DSD is supported. Its Precision Link DAC, complete with three selectable filter settings, incorporates an ESS Sabre32 Reference converter. The № 519 houses a complete, embedded Precision Stream Linux computer running a custom Mark Levinson version of the operating system. It provides access to a wide range of embedded streaming music services including Spotify Connect, TIDAL, QOBUZ, Deezer, Rhapsody or Napster and a large evolving library of internet radio stations and podcasts. Feature and content portfolios will expand with software updates over network or via USB drive.

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For listeners whose libraries contain older or lower resolution content, the № 519, contains Clari-Fi music restoration technology, which supposedly enhances sound quality for these files.

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The № 519 employs a Mark Levinson Pure Path circuit design featuring a discrete, direct coupled, fully balanced, dual-monaural signal path offering balanced and single-ended analogue outputs, balanced, optical and coaxial digital outputs and a headphone output integrated with the front panel.

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You’ll also find a 6000-series aluminium housing in black with silver trim while the № 519 can be operated from its front-panel colour display, included remote control, Apple iOS and Google Android apps, all major web browsers and also through a range of system integration connections. Price is £21,000.

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