BIGGEST BADDEST Monster Amps

There have been a lot of posts on: “tube amps with balls” “amps to drive my 1 ohm, inefficient speakers” “amps for rock and roll” “Levinson, Krell, Bryston, Pass Labs etc” “sounds more powerful than its rating suggests” “despite low rating, puts out huge current” etc. But I somehow find these threads divergent and confusing […]

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MADRIGAL AUDIO LABORATORIES: What happened?

ROBERT CRANE: Founded in the early 80’s by Sanford Berlin as an distributor of audio products some of which were sold under the Mardigal name. Entered the audio manufacturing business in 1985 when it purchased the assets and IP of Mark Levinson Audio Systems and restarted the manufacture of some of their best known products […]

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Mr. MARK LEVINSON / Daniel Hertz: The interview

Questions by Matej Isak, Mono & Stereo You and your name are the legend of it’s own in high-end audio. Where and how did  all started for Mark Levinson? This is a long story, too long for now. Basically, I was a musician and enjoyed recording my teachers and friends. I wanted the sound to […]

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From our archives: The amplifier designer hall of fame / John Curl, Mark Levinson (again), Dr. Richard Bews, Bob Stuart (again)

Hmm. Okay So anyway, a little while later were ushered into the listening room and were confronted by man-sized monoliths we later came to know as The Apogee, from Apogee. And a pair of the previously mechanically buzzing power amps, powered up with the preamp at max without a source playing and mechanically silent. Seeing […]

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AUDIO INSIDER

BRANDS: As … commodities

Paul McGowan … It is truly rare that a brand name can survive an ownership change: Marantz, JBL, Infinity, Harman Kardon, Wharfdale, Klipsch, Krell were all iconic brands when owned by their founders. Today they are but commodities. The wholesale name transfer doesn’t automatically pound a nail in the brand’s coffin. Mark Levinson’s brand got […]

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MARL LEVINSON. “Early Levinson was wonderful – the 28 and 25/26 pre’s with the 29, 27.5 and 23 power-amps had all the tube attributes without the foibles.”

      Editor’s note: Really? Not in my experience! I sold my ML-28 Mark Levinson preamp within days of buying it second hand. I was hoping for the sheer magic of the ML-6a and ML-7. Sadly by that time, that magic was nowhere to be seen, felt or heard. Yes the built quality was […]

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MARK LEVINSON: His Milestone Year

This piece originally appeared in Stereophile in May 2002: Mark Levinson, born December 11, 1946, celebrates an important anniversary in 2002. Exactly 30 years ago he jogged onto the playing field of high-end audio, so early in the game that fans, then few and far between, could count the players on their fingers. The high-fidelity […]

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From the archives: The amplifier designer hall of fame (part #3) – Mark Levinson, Antony Michaelson, Dr. Richard Bews, Bob Stuart, Roger Modeski.

Editor McCauley in conversation with Howard Popeck: Yes. But can you expand on this a bit? Okay. In my direct personal experience many of the finest amplifier designers are first and foremost gifted in their field and are not entrepreneurs through choice. They become entrepreneurs through force of circumstance i.e. there was no other intelligent […]

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