Mark Levinson by Harman Debuts SACD Player That Also Streams

The № 5101 from Mark Levinson combines a trifecta of technologies into one device: SACD, streaming, and DAC.


Mark Levinson by Harman has taken integration to a whole new level by developing an audio product that does the work of three independent devices. Combined into the new № 5101, previewed at the High End audio show in Munich, are a Super Audio CD (SACD) player, Digital to Analog Converter (DAC), and a streaming features.

“The № 5101 is a very exciting new product. There are high-end CD players on the market though few that support the SACD format and feature integrated streaming,” says Jim Garrett, senior director, product strategy & planning, HARMAN Luxury Audio.

“The Mark Levinson level of industrial design and ground-breaking engineering that has gone into this player are remarkable, and we expect the № 5101 will redefine expectations for integrated audio media players.”

Supported Formats:

  • SACD
  • CD-A
  • CD-R
  • CD-RW
  • FLAC
  • WAV
  • AIFF
  • OGG
  • MP3
  • AAC
  • WMA

№ 5101 Includes IP, RS-232, IR Input, More

The № 5101 can stream from NAS drives as well and DLNA and UPnP devices connected to the same network as the № 5101 via Ethernet or Wi-Fi. It can also navigate and playback audio files from a USB flash drive connected to the USB type A input.

Additionally, with one coaxial and one optical S/PDIF digital input, the № 5101 serves as a premium stand-alone DAC for digital sources.

The № 5101 offers flexible control with system integration and communication ports include IP (Ethernet), RS-232, IR input, and 12V trigger input. A 5000 Series custom aluminum IR remote control is included, and drivers are available for major control systems.

One-inch-thick solid aluminum front panels are bead blasted, black anodized, and machine contoured to flow seamlessly into the sleek glass display, which itself is recessed into a bead-blasted and clear-anodized aluminum bezel.

Other fine details include debossed top cover vents, screen printing behind the glass panel and aluminum standby, menu buttons, and transport buttons – all resting on matching custom aluminum feet.

The № 5101 will be available Q4 at an estimated retail price of $5,500.

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Lisa Montgomery:

Lisa Montgomery has been a member of the CE Pro and Electronic House editorial teams for nearly 20 years; most of that time as the Editor of Electronic House. With a knack for explaining complex high-tech topics in terms that average consumers can understand, her style of writing resonates with people who are interested in adding electronic systems to their homes, but are unsure of the steps involved and the solutions available. From basic lighting control systems to full-blown automation systems, Lisa understands the home electronics market well, and is able to point consumers in the right direction on their quest for a smarter, more convenient, efficient and enjoyable home.

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