Mark Levinson № 519 Streaming CD Player
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- Roon Ready
- MQA Certified
- Pure Path discrete, direct coupled, fully balanced, dual-monaural signal path
- Plays up to 32-bit, 192kHz PCM, double-speed DSD, CD, and virtually all two-channel formats
- Six high-resolution digital inputs: balanced, coaxial, optical, and USB asynchronous
- Plays from networked drives and devices, streaming services, Bluetooth, and connected media
- Spotify, Tidal, Qobuz, Deezer, Rhapsody/Napster, internet radio, and podcasts built in*
- Analog output volume control for direct connection to amplifiers or active loudspeakers
The Mark Levinson № 519 is a complete, modern digital audio player for today’s music lover. It combines wireless and wired streaming with a slot-loading CD player, plus connections for USB drives, additional digital inputs, wireless Bluetooth® aptX®, and HARMAN Clari-Fi® music restoration technology; all in an uncompromising package featuring Mark Levinson Pure Path system design in a 6000-series aluminum chassis. The № 519 sports a large, full-color TFT display, comes with a matching remote control, and can be controlled with iOS and Android apps, all major web browsers, and a host of system integration connections including RS-232, IP control, and more. Like all Mark Levinson products, the № 519 is proudly designed and handcrafted in the USA.
The Nº 519 is now also an MQA certified “Full Decoder” which enables playback and authentication of MQA audio files and streams (MQA Core decode, render, MQA stream decode and authentication). The Nº 519 enables full MQA playback while streaming MQA files from Tidal or Roon, playback from a USB drive, via DLNA, or an MQA encoded CD. MQA is an innovative award-winning British technology capable of “delivering the sound of the original master recording”. The master MQA file is fully authenticated and is small enough to stream or download.
Mark Levinson Pure Path Circuit Design
Since 1972, Mark Levinson has been dedicated to the uncompromising art of sound, with the guiding principle of musical purity above all else. To achieve that goal like never before, Mark Levinson engineers scoured company archives, ultimately developing a circuit-design philosophy called Pure Path. On a conceptual level, its hallmark principles include a discrete, direct-coupled, fully balanced, dual-monaural signal path that delivers unrestricted, uncompromised sonic purity.
Far from merely arranging high quality components in an intelligent manner, Pure Path is the meeting of science and art: Mark Levinson engineers are tasked to create the best possible measured AND subjective performance. To quote Albert Einstein: “Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.”
Pure Path highlights in the № 519 include folded cascodes, the acclaimed Mark Levinson Precision Link DAC, and Main Drive Headphone amplifier output.
Analog Mastery: The Folded Cascode
Mark Levinson components are designed around a Pure Path amplifier circuit concept that makes heavy use of a circuit design element called a cascode. Originally created for improving the bandwidth of vacuum tube circuits in radios, Mark Levinson engineers deploy cascodes in Pure Path circuit designs to both improve bandwidth and enhance linearity. A cascode combines two transistors so that they operate as a single composite device that functions like a single transistor, using the wanted characteristics of each component transistor, and rejecting the unwanted characteristics.