Mark Levinson No.5105 turntable Specifications

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Description: Belt-drive turntable with high-mass aluminum plinth, pivoted tonearm, and installed Ortofon Quintet Black moving coil cartridge.
Dimensions: Turntable: 17.24" (438mm) W × 15.55" (395mm) D × 4.23" (108mm) H (not including record weight). Weight: 75lb (34kg).
Tonearm: Pivoted, with 237.8mm pivot-to-spindle distance, effective length of 254mm, and 16.2mm overhang. Offset angle: N/A.
Ortofon Quintet Black: Moving coil phono cartridge. Recommended downforce: 2.1–2.5gm. Recommended load impedance: >20 ohms. Internal impedance: 5 ohms. Output voltage: 0.3mV. Channel balance (@1kHz): <1.0dB. Channel separation (@1kHz): >23dB.
Finish: Black.
Serial number of unit reviewed: 1006. Made in Germany.
Price: $6000 ($7000 with Ortofon Quintet Black phono cartridge). Approximate number of dealers: 60, plus 4 online. Warranty: 5 years limited, non-transferrable.
Manufacturer: Mark Levinson, Harman International Industries, 8500 Balboa Blvd., Northridge, CA 91329. Tel: (888) 691-4171. Web: marklevinson.com.

COMPANY INFO
Mark Levinson
Harman International Industries
8500 Balboa Blvd.
Northridge, CA 91329
(888) 691-4171
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davip's picture

Plastic motor pulley
Undecoupled motor
Plastic-wrapped plywood plinth (sorry, 'medium-density fibreboard')

$10K.
Absurd.

Mark Levinson, the OEM reseller of this sees buyers coming at that price. Is gluing two bits of Aluminium to fibreboard what passes for turntable engineering in this new century? Nope, it's just cheaper and easier to bolt a motor to a piece of plywood and bask in the profit-margin.

Thank heavens for Linn and SOTA...

mtrot's picture

$10k is the price for the 515. The retail price for this 5105 is $6000. Yes, the way reviews here are written does sometimes make it take a while to figure out what the actual price is of the item under review.

Jim Austin's picture

... in the Specifications sidebar.

Jim Austin, Editor
Stereophile

John Atkinson's picture
mtrot wrote:
...the way reviews here are written does sometimes make it take a while to figure out what the actual price is of the item under review.

As well as the price being listed on the Specifications page, as Jim Austin points out, Mikey discusses the price of the No.5105 in the paragraph beneath the photo in the section titled "The No.5105 turntable."

John Atkinson
Technical Editor, Stereophile

dial's picture

For me a turntable or cartridge MUST be beautiful and I think this one is a classic design, seems it sounds good TOO (cherry on cake), only complaint no detachable headshell (I just built one in clear PVC) & also prefer Quintet red. Because it plays also old discs full of pops in an almost perfect way.
That said, can't find a reason for the price difference with the older 515, sure sound tested with same cartridge of course could only be pretty damn close...

helomech's picture

It has an Acoustic Signature tonearm. The other giveaways are the square belt, pulley diameter, 13lb platter, and record weight.

shawnwes's picture

Speed control seems to be the one thing that many manufacturers need to work on. I get similar results to the "after the belt was cleaned" measurement Michael got from my 40 yr old Ariston RD11 Superieur on it's original motor.

I wish I could remember the table but I read one review recently of a budget table (well under $2k IIRC) that had rock solid speed control. In the ML snack bracket and higher I would expect the same.

dial's picture

It doesn't look like the AS TA 1000 tonearm.

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