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Old 21-09-17, 09:51 AM
Rosewind Rosewind is offline
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Mark Levinson 532h - anything to like about it?

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I have been offered a swap with a Mark levinson 532h. What if anything would this bring me together with an EAR 912 apart from plenty of power and a certain degree of smooth sound?

Lately I have swayed back and forth between solid state and valve power amps in my set-up. I really don't need a high-powered amp in my set-up, but given the fact that my EAR preamps have been harder to sell than anticipated, I am quite tempted to give this a spin and sell it off if it doesn't suit me. I can listen before I swap, but I would like to know what to expect.

I have read the Nap 135 update thread with some interest as it includes a short discussion of the merits of raw power paired with loudspeakers. Buried in there is a mentioning of a low-powered Mark Levinson amp. As usual there are a lot of different opinions.

Has anyone here any experience with Mark Levinson, in particular, the 532h?
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Old 21-09-17, 10:01 AM
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Anything to like? Nope.
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Old 21-09-17, 10:01 AM
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Anything to like? Nope.
Care to elaborate. Did you ever hear one?
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Old 21-09-17, 01:18 PM
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I had one for a few days, searching for a new power amp I compared it in my system with:
Electrocompaniet Nemo
Classe Cam600
Boulder 1060

I liked it a lot. It's best qualities were v good transparency and top class bass impact. Strangely though I found its sound a little cold and clinical which surprised me, I always thought Levinson stuff was more organic and warm. I was using 800 D2 speakers at the time so it might have been the match, but apparently the 800's were voiced using Levinsons and Classe's....
The Classe's had a much bigger, more powerful and warmer sound, but a bit too much for me...classic American sound.
The Nemo's were better than the other two combining their best bits but without the weaknesses. The Boulder was a good step above all of them, so I bought the Boulder.

Hope that helps a bit....
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Old 21-09-17, 01:28 PM
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It does indeed. Thanks. The Boulder goes on my "want to listen to before I die list."
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Old 21-09-17, 01:54 PM
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I always thought Levinson stuff was more organic and warm.
IIRC Mark Levinson has nothing to do with the company that now bares his name, I think he moved on decades ago to Cello and Red Rose. Maybe that accounts for the character change?

PS I rather fancy an early Levinson preamp sometime, a ML1, No. 26 or whatever, one of the classics from the early days of TAS, though I understand some with the sealed modules are a PITA/impossible to service.
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Old 22-09-17, 01:11 AM
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The 532H is a good amp , it may not be for everyone as its very tight and fast (some may say cold) .All the ML H amps are a few years old and came before the new design team took over (bar the 585 integrated ), since then there is a move back to the older Levison values and sound . If you get the chance to listen to the 585 or the 534 power amp they are totally different to the 532H ,more depth and bass impact but still very clean . I listened to the 515 turntable through one of the new pre/power combos at CES and thought it one of the better systems there at a fraction of the price of some of the others
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Old 22-09-17, 09:41 AM
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Very tight and fast sums it up better probably, no excess fat at all. Bass was massively tight and punchy, I'd say the punchiest (should be a word) I've heard from an amp. Probably not the deepest around though...
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Old 22-09-17, 12:47 PM
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If I got it, it would be paired with an EAR 868PL and 1 driver 47 Laboratory 4722 Lens standmounts. Sesitivity rated at 85db / 4 ohms.
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Old 23-09-17, 04:34 AM
Stuart Frazer Stuart Frazer is offline
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Are you using a EAR 912 or 868PL? Your first and last posts differ. You could check with TdP on what he thinks?
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Old 23-09-17, 07:30 AM
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Hi Stuart.
I see.
Well, the thing is that I have an 868PL at this point in time and have reserved both an EAR 912 and the Mark Levinson 532h. The price for the two will set me back a lot of money (=7550) - even if you deduct mony from the sale of my 868PL (= 2800-3000?), and I am not sure that I will want to spend that much. In fact, the most likely outcome is:

EAR 912 (= 4200 less the money from my EAR 868PL) + a cheaper power amp than the Mark Levinson 532h

The option 868PL + Mark Levinson 532h (= 3350) is less likely at this point.

[So far my communication with EAR has not given med any responses. So I have stopped wanting price quotes and advice. I even tried through the Danish importer to no avail.]

Peter

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Old 23-09-17, 07:51 AM
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Peter

What is your source(s)? If you are into vinyl, then maybe a EAR 912 makes sense - it is highly spec'd towards that source. You should also consider a EAR power amp or hold on and waitbpatiently until a pair of 509s become available.
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Old 23-09-17, 09:56 AM
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Peter

What is your source(s)? If you are into vinyl, then maybe a EAR 912 makes sense - it is highly spec'd towards that source. You should also consider a EAR power amp or hold on and waitbpatiently until a pair of 509s become available.
Hi Stuart.
I am into both vinyl and streaming (+ I have a B&O Beocord 6500 Casette deck). Unfortunately my middle name is not "patience" But luckily, after I get the EAR 912 in the house I have no option but to be patient.

I have a very good TT that I fetched in Germany at the beginning of August: Amazon-Audio Reference / Morch UP 4 / Benz Gullwing SLR. I was very lucky to get that. It replaced my faithful 1984 Thorens TD160 mk ii.

I certaily expect my EAR 912 to be my final preamp.

Cheers,
Peter
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Old 23-09-17, 12:16 PM
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Peter

I think a 912/509/519 would be a great system. Be patient!
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Old 23-09-17, 01:52 PM
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Thanks Stuart.
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