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Mark Levinson Debuts No. 53 Monoblock Amp

Amp features Interleaved Power Technology, responds to transients faster and produces less distortion.

Mark Levinson has unveiled the No. 53 monoblock amplifier, which, vice president of marketing Walter Schofield says, will outperform any of the company's previous amplification products.

The technology featured in the amp is headlined by the company's new Interleaved Power Technology (IPT) -- its version of digital amplification.

In addition to the IPT, the amp also incorporates shorter signal paths, improved cooling and other design features that enable the amp to respond to transients faster with more linearity and produce less distortion.

Schofield and national sales manager Ed Stadlen showed off the amp for CE Pro in a two-hour demo session. The amp delivers quality sound with punchy lower midrange weight, snappy, extended lows and a detailed top end.

The amp, when combined with Revel’s new Ultima Salon2s and a front end of a Levinson No.326S preamp and No.390S CD player, had me in audio heaven.

Schofield and Stadlen say the amp should ship early this summer and will be displayed at CEDIA this fall.

Schofield says Levinson also has several other products in development, including a new preamplifier/processor.

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About the Author

Robert Archer, Senior Editor, CE Pro
Bob is an audio enthusiast who has written about consumer electronics for various publications within Massachusetts before joining the staff of CE Pro in 2000. Bob is THX Level I certified, and he's also taken classes from the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) and Home Acoustics Alliance (HAA). In addition, he's studied guitar and music theory at Sarrin Music Studios in Wakefield, Mass.

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Posted by Lee Distad  on  04/08  at  12:52 PM


Posted by cala  on  04/08  at  02:00 PM


Posted by bob archer  on  04/08  at  03:03 PM

I followed up with Walter Schofield of Mark Levinson and Walter says the prices of the system is as follows:

The No 53 monoblocks is expected to retail for approximately $50,000 per pair.
The No 326S preamp MSRP is $10,000
Walter also told me that Levinson is discontinuing the No 390S CD player in favor of a new CD/SACD player called the No 512. He says the No.512 should start shipping in a June/July timeframe and its and the company is targeting its MSRP at $15,000.
The Revel Salon2s are $22, 000 per pair US retail

The Voice2 center channel is $8,000 each.
The Gem2s are $10,000 per pair.

The B15A subwoofer is $3,000 each.

Hopefully CE Pro readers will be able to hear the system for themselves. It was everything that a “best in class” consumer and/or audiophile would expect from a home theater system.

Bob Archer

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