OK, the Mark Levinson Nº585 is big, heavy, and, certainly when balanced on a stack of rather too shallow Naim fraim, it looks a just little intimidating. But, my goodness, this thing is good. Russell K’s high value Red 150 speakers lap it up end, more impressively, so too do the Kudos Titan 808s or Focal Sopras.
There is an in-built USB feed-able DAC which means that you can simply connect this to, say, a Melco music server for a low box count mega system. The performance in this situation took us by surprise. It really is quite special.
“But don’t judge it just as a DAC / amp” was the advice from the importer. He was right too and, good as the internal DAC is, switching to a properly serious stand-alone DAC, such as Chord’s Dave, really lets the analogue amplifier within shine.
This really can make you query the need for multi-box amplification. Judged against the multi-box alternatives, it actually seems like rather good value for money too. Never thought I would say that about a Levinson product!
If you’re looking for a matching source component, we hear that the new Nº519 Audio Player is fantastic. Mind you, distributors, Karma AV could be just a little biased! It’s early days for us and Levinson, so we will listen and learn our way. The quality we are getting from this mighty great integrated certainly makes us want to find out more about the 519 though. . .
For now, we are enjoying the beguiling charms of the 585 alone. If you are seeking an absolutely stunning, not to say back-breaking, integrated amplifier, we already have it here. Something else from the range? Give us a call I’m sure we can arrange a demonstration.
Description: Solid-state integrated stereo amplifier. Preamplifier section: Analog line-level inputs: 1 pair balanced (XLR), 3 pairs single-ended (RCA) inputs. Analog outputs: 1 pair single-ended (RCA). Input impedance: >45k ohms (RCA, XLR). Input overload: >5.5V RMS (RCA, XLR). Voltage gain, maximum volume setting: 40.7dB. Preamplifier section (digital): Digital audio inputs: 1 balanced AES/EBU (XLR), 2 coaxial S/PDIF (RCA), 2 optical (TosLink), 1 asynchronous (USB-B). Bit depths: up to 32. PCM sampling rates: 32, 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192kHz. DSD: Up to DSD256.
Amplifier section: Speaker connections: 1 pair banana/spade connectors with hurricane knobs.
Output power: 200Wpc into 8 ohms (23dBW), 20Hz–20kHz. THD: <0.01% at 1kHz, 200W into 8 ohms.
Frequency response: 20Hz–20kHz, ±0.13dB; 2Hz–250kHz, +0.2dB/–3dB. Output impedance: ±0.02 ohm into 20Hz. Damping factor: >400 at 20kHz into 8 ohms. Mains voltage: 100V, 115V, or 230V AC at 60Hz (set at factory).
Power consumption: 1000W maximum (power on) into 8 ohms at rated output. Controller connectors: 1 RS-232 port (RJ-12 connector); 1 IR input (1?8″ phone jack); 1 programmable 12V DC trigger output (1?8″ phone jack), 100mA maximum; 1 programmable 12V DC trigger input (1?8″ phone jack); 1 Ethernet port (RJ-45) connector; 1 USB-A input.
Dimensions: 17.1″ (438mm) W by 6.8″ (175mm) H without feet or 7.5″ (193mm) H with feet by 19.8″ (507mm) D. Weight: 71.7 lbs (32.6kg) net, 95.5 lbs (43.4kg) shipping.
Price £11999 inc VAT
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