KLIAVS 2015: Integrated amp from Mark Levinson

Mark Levinson No. 585 integrated amplifier
Mark Levinson No. 585 integrated amplifier


There are not that many high-end integrated amps in the market and anyone who is looking for one should head to Clarity MP’s room.


In that room, the star component will be the Mark Levinson No. 585 integrated amp.


From the Mark Levinson website: “The foundation of the No585 is its fully discrete, mirror-imaged, dual-monaural analog circuitry featuring individual signal switching relays for each of its four stereo inputs: one XLR and three RCA. Volume controls use discrete 15-bit R-2R ladders and low-noise analog switches for the widest possible bandwidth and maximum signal integrity. The fully-differential Class AB power stage includes an oversized 900VA toroidal transformer with individual secondary windings for the left and right channels. Each elegantly simple amplifier channel utilizes twelve output transistors and multiple smaller local capacitors that allow them to be placed physically closer to the amplifiers for greater transient response when power is needed immediately. This robust architecture results in a conservative power rating of 200W per channel with stability into 2 ohms. System integration and expansion are possible using the stereo RCA preouts which can operate full-range or with an included switchable, second-order, 80Hz crossover filter allowing for seamless integration into 2.1-channel systems with powered subwoofers.”


It will drive a pair of Revel Performa3 F208 speakers. Spinning the CDs will be the Playback Design MPS-3 CD player.




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