The pursuit of perfect amplification is a well-known theme in high-end audio. New technologies present new approaches, while looking to the past provides inspiration for the future. It was in that spirit that the Mark Levinson® № 536 Monaural Power Amplifier was developed: an amplifier advised by the traditions and art of classic amplifier design, and infused with modern technology.
This fully differential, fully discrete monoblock drives virtually any loudspeaker effortlessly for impeccable imaging, musicality, and openness. A fully discrete, differential, direct-coupled signal path; a highly linear, low-feedback design; and voltage gain and drive stages operating in class A, are joined by the modern system integration capabilities provided by Ethernet, RS-232, and USB for monitoring and network control.
Since 1972, Mark Levinson has been dedicated to the uncompromising art of sound, with the guiding principle of musical purity above all else. To achieve that goal like never before, Mark Levinson engineers scoured company archives, ultimately developing a proprietary, new, yet familiar amplifier design philosophy featuring outstandingly high current and tremendous open-loop linearity.
This guiding design principle features discrete, direct-coupled, fully balanced, dual-monaural signal paths whenever possible, and high current, low-feedback systems to deliver tremendous open-loop linearity. Far from merely high quality components, arranged in an intelligent manner; it’s the meeting of science and art: Mark Levinson engineers are tasked to create the best possible measured AND subjective performance.
To quote Albert Einstein: “Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.”
MADE IN THE USA
Like all Mark Levinson amplifiers, preamplifiers, and music players, the № 536 is proudly designed and handcrafted in the USA. A dedicated Engineering Center of Excellence in Shelton, CT houses Mark Levinson engineering and product development, just a state away from small-batch production at Mack Technologies in Westford, MA by a team of craftsmen who bring all Mark Levinson equipment to life.
ART MEETS SCIENCE
Mark Levinson takes pride in both the art and science of engineering. To that end, components are selected based not only on their technical merits, but also on their sonic capabilities. The sound of the № 536 is big, open, unrestricted, natural, and effortless.
Crafted in aircraft-grade 6063-T5 extruded aluminum, with extremely high build precision, to exceedingly low tolerances, the № 536 amplifier weighs more than 100 pounds. Extremely heavy extruded, machined aluminum and the finest electrical components available worldwide, as well as some made exclusively to Mark Levinson specifications, combine to create the № 536: the amplifier your ears and soul have been waiting for.