Mark Levinson No515 turntable debuts at Munich High End 2017

posted on Wednesday, 17th May 2017 by Geny Caloisi

HARMAN  High-end  Hi-fi  Trade show 

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Mark Levinson's first ever turntable, the No515, is making its debut at the Munich High End audio show this week.

Designed and built in partnership with VPI Industries, the turntable was first previewed in Las Vegas during CES 2017. Featuring a highly damped vinyl-wrapped MDF and aluminium sandwich chassis, a 9kg aluminium platter, a mechanically isolated high torque AC synchronous motor and a gimbal-mounted, 3D-printed tonearm, the No515 is being positioned as the perfect complement to the Pure Phono stage included in the recently released No526 and No523 pre-amplifiers.

The powerful high torque AC synchronous motor is mounted to a separate vinyl-MDF-Aluminum sandwich chassis and housed in its own mechanically isolated enclosure. A precision-machined pulley and triple belt drive system provide smooth, quiet operation. A custom-designed, low-distortion analogue oscillator and discrete, class AB power amplifier deliver pristine power to the synchronous motor for accurate 33 and 45 RPM operation.

During CES, Jim Garrett, Director of Marketing and Product Management, at Harman  noted that this released is perfect for these times of rapid growth and resurgence in turntable and vinyl record sales release. It also coincides with the Harmans’s 45th anniversary.

Pricing starts at $10,000 for the version without phono cartridge, and both versions will be available this summer.

Also new at the Munich show Harman will be showing its Mark Levinson No585.5 integrated amplifier; ‘unique’ versions of the JBL K2 S9900 loudspeaker and 4367 studio monitors, and the Revel Performa3Be speakers. Distribution is via Karma-AV.

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Geny Caloisi

Geny Caloisi is an accomplished technology journalist who has worked in a variety of AV industry publications. 

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