LEVINSON 5805 and 5802 AMPLIFIERS at CES

The new Mark Levinson 5805 and 5802 ashould whet the appetites of many audiophiles when they will be introduced at this year’s CES as well as the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest in September of this year.

Based on the 5000 series, the new integrated amplifiers will feature 125 watts per channel as well as lower price points! Each amp comes with its own specially designed 5000 Series remote.

The 5805 includes a new MM/MC phono stage with selectable gain levels and infrasonic filters as well as more digital inputs for its $1,500 bump in price. Accessible dip switches allow for manual load calibration settings on the back. The heart of the No.5805 has a patent-pending, fully discrete, direct-coupled, dual-monaural line-level preamp circuit.

Building upon their superb analog platform, the 5805 adds digital audio capability through the Mark Levinson Precision – Link II DAC. The latest generation ESS Sabre 32-bit D/A converter with jitter elimination circuitry and a fully balanced, discrete current-to-voltage converter form the heart of the digital audio processing stage.

Here we have a choice of four digital inputs: one coaxial, two optical and an asynchronous USB which will can support up to 32-bit/192kHz and up to DSD 5.6 files. The 5802 can also decode and playback MQA files natively.

“From the press release, “the 5000 Series looks great, sounds amazing and is redefining performance expectations” said Jim Garrett, Senior Director, Product Strategy & Planning, Harman Luxury Audio.

The less expensive 5802 is an all-digital design which uses the same internal DAC as the 5805. In addition to the digital inputs mentioned above, this model gets an extra coaxial digital input and an AES digital socket. It also includes MQA playback and support for aptX HD Bluetooth.

The 5805 and 5802 are due to go on sale in the first quarter of 2019 for $8500 and $7000 respectively.

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