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…………. A World Reference status Pre-Amplifier
Mark Levinson is close to releasing the much awaited successor to the famous two box design Pre Amplifier that ran successfully for a long time.
The new unit will have nothing in relation to the Nº 326S Pre-Amp which will continue as a more affordable but still excellent alternative.
The all new Nº52 is set to be their Pièce de résistance and has been designed from the ground up, or more importantly, from the ear out. Weighing in at around £30,000.00, it’s sure not to be an impulse Friday night late shopping item. However, ML are putting their heart and sole into making something that will offer an audiophile open window for the true Hi-Fi connoisseur.
With World beating build quality, looks and feel will be a tactile experience of the highest order, but the sonic capabilities will be the ones that set this unit apart.
Their products have recently been receiving upgrades throughout the range, with the stunning Nº 512 CD/SACD Player with its Dual Mono design finding many dedicated followers already. This will receive a partnering Integrated amplifier somewhere towards the end of the year, said to be based around one of the already successful power amps that are in production as dedicated units.
Amplifiers like the legendary Nº53 mono blocs have made ML an industry standard in high end audiophile reproduction, and the new pre-amp looks sure to boost their reputation even further.
We'll post a full listening test as soon as we’ve had a chance to hear it.
In the mean time, people with a large spending allowance should book their demonstrations with us now. The rest of use, should set our looks to drool mode.
In the wake of the new Synthesis Action series comes the no less desirable but more affordable Roma series.
Similar in size to the Actions, the new very handsome Roma 753AC and Roma 510AC integrated amplifiers offer excellent sound but unlike the Actions do not include the built in DAC, which is based upon the now famous Matrix valve DAC. This obviously makes for a very affordable product. £2995.00 and £2695.00 respectively.
The launch was very well received indeed by the trade and public alike when shown at the recent Sound & Vision show in Bristol. Demonstrated in a room with EBTB speakers, the room was frequently packed to the gunnels.
The Roma is available in two flavours, the 753AC and the 510AC. Keen observers will realise that 510 was actually the year of the formation of Rome - which I’m sure you all picked up on straight away! Using a compliment of four KT88/6550 valves, the 510AC doesn’t lack punch. Indeed power output is a very healthy 80Watts, making it very speaker friendly indeed. This also gives plenty of reserve control to stop the bass from becoming intrusive. Full specifications can be seen on the website here.
Although not show in the photos, it comes with a very nice grill (which we realise most people take off the moment they get home) with the Synthesis logo cut into it. Very stylish. There is also a choice of colours, the wood as shown (available in dark wood or light wood), and a high gloss black.
For those who have more efficient speakers, or who don’t require the out and out power associated with KT88 valves, the 753AC, comes fitted with a pair of familiar EL34’s per side. These still offer a more than ample 50Watts, but EL34’s of course have a different sound signature to KT’s. So the sound is perhaps slightly more lively, but still open and airy. Full specifications can be seen on the website here.
Fit and finish for Synthesis products are reaching new levels that put them well ahead of the class and both units come with a remote for input selection and volume control.
As you may expect there is one set up in the dem room, so please come and treat yourself to a listen. You never know how the music will take you.