The following is a press release from Harman and Mark Levinson.
NORTHRIDGE | California, October 2020 — Coupling audiophile-grade physical media formats with high-resolution streaming, a standalone DAC, and expansive control features, the new Mark Levinson №5101 is designed to deliver digital content with the best possible quality and convenience for nearly every digital audio format. Looking every bit the part with an award- winning industrial design, the Mark Levinson №5101 delivers luxurious fidelity with premium features and flexibility.
“The №5101 provides a premium playback solution for CD and SACD collections, stored audio libraries, as well as internet streaming platforms,” notes Jim Garrett, Senior Director, Product Strategy and Planning, HARMAN Luxury Audio. “It provides music lovers with a bridge between the vast amount of high-resolution digital recordings available and the very best-sounding, most beautifully crafted audio technologies on the planet.”
Modern high-resolution network streaming capabilities over Ethernet and Wi-Fi are accessed via an intuitive mobile app for Android and iOS devices. Not only can users enjoy major streaming platforms, including Tidal, Deezer, Qobuz, and Napster, but also a plethora of podcasts and radio stations across the globe. Additionally, the №5101 can play back files from Network Attached Storage (NAS) devices, as well as a connected USB flash drive.
The №5101 delivers outstanding digital audio capability with the Mark Levinson PrecisionLink II digital to analog converter (DAC). Five individual, ultra-low-noise voltage regulators power an ESS Sabre 32-bit PRO series D/A converter to unleash maximum performance. Proprietary jitter reduction circuitry and user-selectable digital filters—seven choices for PCM and four for DSD— along with ample regulated power enable the best possible digital reproduction.
The №5101 offers a variety of digital inputs, including one coaxial and one optical S/PDIF, one USB-A for playback from a flash drive, a CD/SACD transport, and network streaming via Wi-Fi or Ethernet. The №5101 natively supports high-resolution formats, including FLAC, WAV, AIFF, OGG, up to 24bit/192k, AAC up to 24 bit/ 96kHz, DSF, and DFF up to 5.6 MHz (DSD128/DSD2X) as well as WMA and MP3 formats. The SACD drive plays SACD, CD-A, CD- R, and CD-RW discs. Outputs include stereo balanced XLR and single-ended RCA connectors.
Applying proprietary Mark Levinson PurePath circuitry, the №5101 features fully discrete, direct- coupled, dual-monaural line-level output circuit for exceptional reproduction of the analog signal. A linear power supply with an oversized toroidal transformer dedicated to the analog circuitry ensures the lowest noise and widest dynamic range possible.
System integration and communication ports include IP (Ethernet), RS-232, IR input, and 12V trigger input. A newly designed, aluminum IR remote is included with the №5101.
Featuring the bold geometry of signature Mark Levinson design and crafted from robust materials, the new №5101 features a one-inch thick, bead-blasted, black-anodized, solid aluminum front panel, a sleek glass display, debossed top cover vents, screen-printed logo, and machined aluminum buttons.
The Mark Levinson №5101 is proudly designed, engineered, and precision-crafted in the USA. It is priced at $5,500 and is currently available for purchase.
The new 5000 series products debuted during the Mark Levinson Reveals virtual event, for more information on the event and to watch it back click here.