MADRIGAL AUDIO LABORATORIES: What happened?

Robert Crain writes … 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 […]

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NOT ON EBAY / N. AMERICAN HI-FI

ADCOM GFA … https://www.audiogon.com/listings/lisa2f84-adcom-gfa-555-stereo-power-amplifier-200w-per-channel-solid-state ANTHEM M1 … https://www.audiogon.com/listings/lisa5h53-anthem-m1-1000-watt-monoblock-amplifier-solid-state AUDIO RESEARCH F150 … https://www.audiogon.com/listings/lisa82ci-audio-research-ref-150-stereo-tube-amplifier-tube AUDIO RESEARCH LP1 … https://www.audiogon.com/listings/lisa8gg5-audio-research-lp1-phono AUDIO RESEARCH SP17 … https://www.audiogon.com/listings/lisa769i-audio-research-sp17-preamplifier-tube AUDIOQUEST HEADPHONES … https://theartofsound.net/forum/showthread.php?71680-FS-Audioquest-Nighthawk-Carbon-headphones BRYSTON DAC … https://theartofsound.net/forum/showthread.php?71147-FS-Bryston-BDA-1-DAC BRYSTON ST1 +++ … https://theartofsound.net/forum/showthread.php?69509-FS-Bryston-ST1-and-Bryston-9BST CARDAS … https://theartofsound.net/forum/showthread.php?71017-F-S-CARDAS-NEUTRAL-REF-INTERCONNECT-1-Meter CARVER 350 … https://www.audiogon.com/listings/lis9bbb7-bob-carver-350-mono-amps-0-financing-3-years-tube CARVER CRIMSON 275 … https://www.audiogon.com/listings/lis96j28-bob-carver-275-tube-amp-75-75-watts-rms-tube CONRAD JOHNSON DR1 … https://www.audiogon.com/listings/lisa5e7a-conrad-johnson-dr-1-cd-sacd-players CONRAD JOHNSON […]

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NOT ON EBAY / MARK LEVINSON VINTAGE

THE PUBLISHERS DO NOT VOUCH FOR ANY CONTENTS HERE.THE LISTING YOU ARE ABOUT TO VISIT MAY BE A SCAM. PLEASE BE CAREFUL —//— 26 [US SPEC] … https://www.usaudiomart.com/details/649759624-mark-levinson-no-26/ 5805 … 27.5 … https://skyfiaudio.com/collections/all-collections/products/mark-levinson-27-5-dual-mono-amplifier-american-vintage-at-its-best-absolutely-mint 435 PAIR … http://www.hifi-intouch.co.uk/products/1092/1/amplifiers/mark-levinson-no-436-mono-amplifiers.aspx 27.5 [US SPEC] … https://tmraudio.com/components/power-amplifiers/mark-levinson-no-27-5-stereo-power-amplifier-black/ 320S … https://www.finn.no/bap/forsale/ad.html?finnkode=220991641 326S … https://skyfiaudio.com/collections/all-collections/products/mark-levinson-no-326s-line-stage-preamplifier-with-remote 36S … https://www.georgemeyer-av.com/mark-levinson-no-36s-digital-processor/?refsource=hifishark ML9 … https://skyfiaudio.com/collections/all-collections/products/mark-levinson-ml-9-vintage-class-ab-amplifier-wow 383 […]

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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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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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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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MARK LEVINSON: ML5 reel to reel. His literally incendiary visit to Howard Popeck’s music room, a long time ago.

When the Quad 63 was announced, the makers had the foresight to anticipate a high level of demand. A carefully thought out waiting list system was introduced and dealers were warned that demo units were, initially at least, like gold dust. The clear implication being not to sell them, despite the ludicrously inflated offers made […]

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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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