Mark Levinson No. 326s – High End Stereo Equipment We Buy

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. 326s?

Two-channel, solid-state line preamplifier with remote control, optional phono stage, 3 pairs balanced inputs on XLRs, 4 pairs single-ended inputs on RCAs, 1 pair balanced main outputs on XLRs, 1 pair single-ended main outputs on RCAs, 2 pairs record outputs on RCAs, communication connections on 8-pin modular RJ-45 jacks, IR input and trigger output on 3.5mm phone jacks, and RS-232 on 6-pin RJ-11 jack.
Maximum voltage gain:
0, 6, 12, or 18dB, individually selectable for each line input.
Volume-control range:
Gain resolution:
0.1dB steps above 23.0 on display (–57dB), 1.0dB steps below 23.0 on display (–57dB).
Frequency response:
10Hz–40kHz, ±0.2dB.
Input overload:
1.6V on XLR, 800mV on RCA (18dB gain setting); 3.3V on XLR, 1.6V on RCA (12dB gain); 6.6V on XLR, 3.3V on RCA (6dB gain); 13.2V on XLR, 6.6V on RCA (0dB gain).
Input impedance:
100k ohms.
Output impedance:
less than 50 ohms.
less than 0.001%. Channel separation, any input to any output, input terminated, greater than 90dB. Residual noise, 20Hz–20kHz, input terminated, less than –94dBV.
Power consumption:
50W maximum.
17.75" (451mm) W by 2.915" (74mm) H by 14.05" (357mm) D.
Shipping weight:
30 lbs (14kg).
Serial Number Of Unit Reviewed:

What else to know about the Mark Levinson No. 326s?

"There has been a veritable explosion in the number of high-performance preamps on the market in the past few years. At $10,000, the Mark Levinson No.326S comes under strong competition from the $7100 McIntosh C200 (reviewed by Paul Bolin in December 2004), the $9995 EAR 912 (reviewed by Art Dudley in December 2005), the $11,995 Musical Fidelity Tri-Vista kWP (reviewed by Michael Fremer in January 2004), and the $12,500 VTL TL-7.5 (reviewed by PB in October 2003). Mark Levinson's own No.32 Reference is not that much more expensive at $15,950, and neither are the $13,500 Conrad-Johnson ACT2 (reviewed by Wes Phillips in March 2005), the $15,990 Halcro dm10 (reviewed by PB in April 2004), the $15,999 Burmester 011 (reviewed by Brian Damkroger in July 2005), and the $16,000 Viola Cadenza (reviewed by WP in December 2005).

Having auditioned almost all of these preamps in my system or in one of my reviewers' systems, there isn't one of them that I couldn't spend the rest of my days with, at least in terms of sound quality. (Aesthetics and ergonomics are different matters.) But having lived with the No.326S for the past six months, I don't feel I've been missing out, though I have yet to perform a direct comparison with Levinson's own awesome No.32. For now, the No.326S offers all I want from a preamplifier. Recommended." - 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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