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Mark Levinson Announces No. 536 Monoblock Power Amplifier


Mark Levinson needs no introduction to audiophiles.   At CES in Las Vegas, Mark Levinson announced their newest monobolock amplifier, the № 536.  Mark Levinson is a devision of Harman International.

When released in the Fall of 2015, the № 536 is slated to deliver 400 Watts into 8 ohms and 800 Watts into 4 ohms and handle 2 ohm loads. The № 36 has class-A voltage-gain and driver stages without any integrated circuits in the circuit path.  Levinson says that the № 536 is EuP-compliant and will go into low-power standby mode when not in operation

This amplifier looks to be a perfect complement to Mark Levinson’s sister speaker division, Revel, whose Ultima2 Salon and Ultima2 Studio speakers are targeted to handle amplifiers that put out 600 Watts into 6 ohm loads.

The №. 536 is evidently the successor to the Levinson № 532, which was released in 2008 and was also a dual mono design sporting 400 Watts into 4 8 ohms. The № 532 was evidently the first non-reference Mark Levinson design to be fully differential. The № 536 continues that tradition. Like many of Levinson’s current amplifiers, it will sport a Class A/B topology, feature heavy-duty hurricane binding posts, XLR/balanced and unbalanced inputs, as well as IR, RS-232, and ethernet connectivity for integration with home automation systems.

Schedule for a fall 2015 release, the Mark Levison № 536 monoblock amplifier will cost $15,000 ($30,000 for a stereo pair).