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Mark Levinson is an American high-end audio equipment brand. Founded in 1972, it has been part of Harman International Industries since 1990. As of 2017, Harman is a subsidiary of Samsung Electronics.
Mark Levinson is best known for its amplifiers. Certain Lexus models have featured Mark Levinson branded sound systems since 2001.
In 1973, Mark Levinson introduced the LNP-2, a solid-state Low-Noise Preamplifier that delivered performance superior to tube preamplifiers. Its peak-reading VU meters could capture the first quarter of a 20kHz waveform and is today regarded as the cornerstone of ultrahigh-end audio equipment.
In 1977, the ML-2 monaural power amplifier was a huge success, becoming a reference amplifier by a number of leading loudspeaker manufacturers.
The No 20 monaural power amplifier from 1986 offers sound quality that closely resembled tube amplifiers than existing solid-state systems.
The No 28 preamplifier from 1990 adopted a balanced circuit design and an optical encode that ensured channel balance.
In 1999, Mark Levinson released the No 32, the company's first reference preamplifier.
The No 53 reference monaural power amplifier from 2008 was the first Class-D amplifier that could rival traditional Class-A amplifiers in sound quality (while delivering higher efficiency and more power).
True to its high-end heritage, Mark Levinson has a small and exclusive product lineup that consists of amplifiers and players:
- Dual-Monaural Preamplifier: No 523 (analog only), No 526 (analog + digital)
- Power Amplifier: No 536 (monaural), No 534 (dual-monaural)
- Integrated Amplifier: No 585.5 (fully-discrete), No 5802 (digital-only), No 5805 (analog + digital)
- Player: No 515 (turntable), No 5105 (turntable), No 5101 (network player + SACD + DAC)
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