Mark Levinson No 519 streamer CD DAC preamp

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Mark Levinson No 519 streamer CD DAC preamp
Monday, January 11, 2016

Mark Levinson has unveiled its first network streamer in the № 519 Audio Player. The № 519 has the ability to play back virtually any audio format from streaming music services to networked storage, to CD to high-resolution digital inputs and Bluetooth wireless. It includes “high-performance” headphone connectivity and integrated digital volume control allowing it to serve as a fully integrated digital music source. “We created the Mark Levinson № 519 to be nothing less than the optimal digital music playback component for the way today’s listeners access their music,” said Jim Garrett, Director of Marketing and Product Management. “The № 519 lets music lovers enjoy music from nearly any source experience whether it’s the latest high-resolution streaming audio format, their CD collection or even from their mobile devices.” 

The № 519 provides a full compliment of wired and wireless digital audio inputs and as well as an integrated slot-loading CD player, making it a truly universal digital audio playback device. The integrated high-resolution DAC receives its nine digital inputs including USB asynchronous streaming and mass storage, Gigabit Ethernet, balanced, optical, coaxial, as well as wi-fi and Bluetooth wireless featuring aptX technology for maximum resolution. The Mark Levinson № 519 offers high-resolution digital decoding up to 24-bit, 192kHz from PCM and double-speed DSD. Its DAC incorporates an ESS Sabre32 Reference converter. It contains a complete embedded Linux computer and offers access to Spotify Connect, Tidal, Qobuz, Deezer, Rhapsody or Napster and a large library of internet radio stations and podcasts. For listeners whose libraries contain older or lower resolution content, the № 519 contains Harman Clari-Fi music restoration technology, which “rebuilds musicality and detail” lost in the compression process.

The № 519 features a proprietary Mark Levinson 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 outputs integrated into the front panel. Digital volume control enables usage as a standalone music playback device connected directly to a power amplifier or active loudspeakers without the need for a separate preamp, and selectable low-pass filtering enables the unbalanced outputs to be used for subwoofer integration. The № 519 is also the first Mark Levinson component to include a headphone output with the ability to directly drive high-performance headphones. The № 519 features a 6000-series aluminium housing in black with silver trim. The № 519 can be operated from its large, front-panel colour display, included remote control, Apple iOS and Google Android apps, all major web browsers and via a comprehensive range of system integration connections. The Mark Levinson № 519 Digital Player will be available in July 2016, pricing has yet to be announced.