NAD isn’t the only hi-fi company celebrating forty years with new audiophile goodies. Harman‘s Luxury Audio Group has announced that the Mark Levinson 40th Anniversary № 52 Reference Dual-Monaural Preamplifier is now shipping. Touted as “the finest preamplifier ever created by Mark Levinson,” the № 52 boasts an “all-analog, true dual-monaural design with a two-chassis configuration that separates the critical analog audio circuitry from the control section to maintain the purest signal paths possible.”
“We designed the № 52 to be nothing less than the ultimate preamplifier,” said Jim Garrett, Director of Marketing and Product Management for HARMAN Luxury Audio Group and Loudspeakers. “It is engineered and built entirely without compromise to deliver extraordinary musical involvement and sonic accuracy and serve as the centerpiece of the finest music systems.”
The the Mark Levinson № 52 features three balanced XLR and four unbalanced RCA inputs, a selectable moving-coil or moving-magnet phono input, along with two sets of XLR and RCA preamp outputs, an auxiliary pair of XLR and RCA outputs with independent source selection and your choice of fixed or variable level output, and a unity gain SSP (surround sound processor) output allowing you to integrate the audio sources that are connected to the № 52 into home theater system for the ultimate in flexibility and signal integrity.
To keep the individual channels truly distinct, the № 52 is powered by separate mirror-imaged DC power supplies and AC regeneration circuits, with individual DC umbilical cords for each channel connecting the two chassis, and a third connection carrying control signals.
Those control signals include your choice of IP via Ehternet, 12v trigger, IR, or Mark Levinson’s proprietary ML Net, and the № 52’s supplied remote control can also be used to operate other Mark Levinson gear. That’s assuming, of course, you can afford one of these beauties. Suggested retail price is $30,000.