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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
To learn more, call 01423 358846 or click on www.karma-av.co.uk