Mark Levinson Amplifier Brings Back Traditional Styling
"Our Asian and Pacific clients were strongly requesting it," said Mark Levinson's Walter Schofield, VP of Sales and Marketing, "so we designed an amplifier in the older Mark Levinson tradition with external heats."
Sure enough, the large, heavy—try 140 lbs—dual-mono, $15,000, No.532 amplifier had the characteristic, classic, curved black-silver monolithic shape enjoyed by Mark Levinson amplifiers designed in the early 1990s.
"It may have the classic Mark Levinson appearance," continued Walter, "but it enjoys the latest in our technology. Its output levels are matched to within 0.02dB and the signal paths are 35% shorter than any previous Mark Levinson amplifier. It also has our very-low–dielectric Arlon printed-circuit boards. We've designed it to act like a voltage source down to 1 ohm, so the current keeps doubling as you go down in impedance. I think that it will be have terrific sonics."
"Yes indeed," I said, "it will be important to test your claim. Can I have one for review?" Stay tuned!
"I've never seen the rear of an amplifier look like this," I said, pointing how each channel of the Mark Levinson No.532 stereo amplifier formed what seemed to be a peninsula, so that each channel had its own left and right heatsinks."
"Yes," said Walter, "this chassis configuration allows to have smaller heatsinks, but still get the needed heat dissipation."