Mark Levinson was born in 1946 and is a music and electronics prodigy whose name is forever connected to a range of ultra-high end audio components.
He grew up in the Boston area and later moved to New Haven, Connecticut. Music, particularly jazz, quickly became the focus in his early life, and before the age of 20 he was playing double bass or trumpet with the likes of John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins and Chick Corea. Rather than attending college, Levinson decided to tour Europe while playing bass with pianist Paul Bley.
Levinson merged his musical and technical talents as he reportedly created the sound mixer used onstage during the legendary Woodstock Music Festival. This experience, coupled with his activities within various recording studios, led to experimentation with electronic design and sound playback. Mentored by electronics pioneer Richard (Dick) S. Burwen, he founded Mark Levinson Audio Systems (MLAS, Ltd.) in 1972, where his hand-built stereo components soon became a reference standard within the consumer-audio industry.
Products crafted with this philosophy, including the LNP-2 Preamplifier with its peak-reading VU meters that could capture the first quarter of a 20kHz waveform, today are regarded as the cornerstones of the ultra high-end audio component industry.