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. 31.5?
- Single-play CD transport.
- one AES/EBU on XLR jack, one S/PDIF on RCA jack, one ST-type optical, one EIAJ (TosLink) optical.
- Additional inputs and outputs:
- slave in and slave out (for communication with other Mark Levinson components).
- 19.375" W by 5.6" H by 14.5" D (11.93" H with lid open).
- Shipping weight:
- 63 lbs.
What else to know about the Mark Levinson No. 31.5?
"The No.31.5 gave me the best of both worlds. It only took me about five seconds of Orpheus Ascending to realize that with the '31.5 recovering the bits, and without the Genesis, I was hearing the best I have yet to hear from the 16-bit CD standard. Yes, Michael Fremer, it's still not vinyl, but it's damned close. And when there is great music only available on CD—Charlie Watts's new jazz standards collection, Long Ago & Far Away (Virgin 8 41695 2), for example—the Levinson No.31.5 driving the '30.5 relieves the pain of vinyl withdrawal and eliminates the strain.
Lovely as ever, i must admit
With a high-quality audio version of DVD looking to be years away, I see no reason not to invest in a high-performance CD transport (especially as I don't see it as too difficult a task to upgrade the '31.5 to take a DVD mechanism). And the No.31.5, a "reference" component if ever I heard one, defines "high performance." However, it is fair to point out to owners of the No.31 that even the cheapest upgrade to 31.5 status, replacing as it does everything other than the chassis and half the power supply, is quite expensive at a hair under $3000. By comparison, the $1800 price tag of the Genesis Digital Lens or the Meridian 518 looks tempting.
But you've guessed it: I've ordered the upgrade kit for my No.31. The combination of improved sound and greater functionality/versatility in a Levinson-based system proved impossible to resist. I can fully recommend the No.31.5 as a supreme example of a state-of-the-art, potentially future-proof CD transport. And let the obs be damned!" - 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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