Mark Levinson No.333 power amplifier System Context

Sidebar 2: System Context

The preamplifier was the remote-controlled Mark Levinson No.38S, with either a Mod Squad Phono Drive EPS or an Audio Alchemy VAC-in-the-Box used to amplify LP signals from a Linn Sondek/Cirkus/Trampolin/Lingo/Ekos/Arkiv setup on an ArchiDee table. Digital sources were MLevinson No.30.5 HDCD and Parts Connection Assemblage D/A processors driven by Mark Levinson No.31 and No.31.5 transports via Madrigal and Illuminati AES/EBU cables and Meridian 518 or Genesis Digital Lens jitter-reduction units (No.31) or Sonic Frontiers UltraJitterbug (Assemblage). I also used the impressive Sonic Frontiers SFCD-1 CD player.

Interconnects used were AudioQuest's balanced AudioTruth Lapis X3 alternating with XLO 1.1 Signature. All source components and preamps were plugged-in to a Power Wedge 116 Mk.II, itself plugged-in to a dedicated AC circuit and fitted with the Power Enhancer option.

Other than my regular B&W Silver Signature loudspeakers, used with their own solid-core silver cables, the No.333 saw service driving all the speakers I have reviewed in the last 15 months: in chronological order, Acoustic Energy AE2 Signature, Platinum Audio Solo, Unity Audio Signature 3, Joseph Audio RM7si, Totem Mani-2, Coincident Troubador, Swans Baton, Monitor Audio Studio 50, B&W Compact Domestic Monitor 1, JMlab Micron Carat, PSB New Stratus Mini, Wilson Audio Specialties WITT, Boston Acoustics Lynnfield 300L Mk.II, and Sony ES SS-M9. Speaker cable was bi-wired sets of AudioQuest Sterling or Cardas Cross.—John Atkinson

Mark Levinson, Harman Luxury Audio Group
8500 Balboa Boulevard
Northridge, CA 91329
(888) 691-4171

Bogolu Haranath's picture

Another great amplifier from the 90's :-) .........

CG's picture


I wonder what the closed loop phase margin is.

mtrot's picture

Hmm, I wonder how this would compare to my Krell FPB 400cx from back around that same time period? Even with its 400 wpc power rating, it doesn't seem like it has all that much bass impact.

a.wayne's picture

Best Krell for bass were the early KSA 100 Mk2’s ..


a.wayne's picture

With that much ringing i would’nt touch it , very unstable IMO ...