Levinson is one of the most dependable brand names when it comes to high-end audio systems. For years the brand has been recognized by audiophiles throughout the world as equipment that delivers clear and consistent quality in music.
What are the specs for the Mark Levinson No. 20.6?
- Power output:
- 100 watts per channel into 8Ω (stereo)
- Frequency response:
- 4Hz to 140kHz
- Total harmonic distortion:
- 26.9 dB
- 444 x 478 x 209mm
What else to know about the Mark Levinson No. 20.6?
"With the No.23.5 outperforming it, it was obviously time for Madrigal to rethink the No.20.5, the result being the Mark Levinson No.20.6 (footnote 1). The electrical differences between the two amplifiers are all contained on the new AP-5 module, which replaces the AP-4 behind the amplifier's rear panel. Slotting vertically into the mil-spec "Varicon" connectors on the '20.5's motherboard and held secure with new L-brackets, the AP-5 consists of two separate Teflon-dielectric printed-circuit boards attached to a full-depth heatsink and occupies virtually all the available chassis space. (A new insulating screen has to be attached to the rear of the RP-3 regulator pcb, which sits in front of the AP-5, to avoid inadvertent short-circuits.)
Before performing the upgrade on Stereophile's No.20.5s, I spent a weekend using them to drive the WATTs/Puppies via MIT's MH-750 Shotgun Terminator speaker cable (footnote 2). After using the Audio Research Classic 120s for a couple of months, I'd forgotten the awesome authority of the 20.5's low frequencies, which quite bely its 100W rating. At the start of "The Rhythm of the Heat" on Peter Gabriel's eponymous 1982 album, following the Ekome Dance Company's drum intro, there is a stupendous, spacey bass transient that rarely is as stupendous or spacious as I suspect it should be—unless you use the Levinson monoblocks, when it literally throws you back in your chair, gasping for breath, your flight reflexes cranked up to ten. But the amp's rather veiled treble was a letdown after the Classic 120's superbly transparent presentation.
I installed the AP-5 boards and let the amplifier bed in for 24 hours. The bias checked out okay after the upgrade, so I put on a spot of music—Barenboim's wonderful new Parsifal—and...
Couple the 20.5's effortless dynamics and bass extension, weight, and control with the soundstaging depth and lack of midrange grain of the ARC 120s, the detail, the transparency, the "You-R-there" presence of the No.23.5, and the musical ease of the real thing, and you'll get some idea of the sheer MAJESTY of this amplifier's sound. Madrigal has regained the gold with the No.20.6, in my opinion, easily the most musically pleasing solid-state amplifier I have ever had the pleasure to use. No.20 and '20.5 owners: You have no choice about what to do next." - Stereophile, Atkinson
Brief History of Mark Levinson
Long mapped-to Binghamton New York – the current headquarters and manufacturing center for Mark Levinson Labs – not many people know the brand was originally launched outside of the Nation’s Capital in Silver Spring Maryland, in 1949. In 1956, the brand built their original facility in New York, according to the official brand website.
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