At the CES yesterday Harman International Industries previewed the forthcoming Mark Levinson 519 Audio Player, an ultra high-end source component designed to accommodate every digital audio format. The 519 was designed to be the heart of high-performance audio systems, with the ability to play back virtually any audio format including from streaming music services, networked storage, discs, high-resolution digital inputs and Bluetooth wireless. In addition, it includes high-performance headphone connectivity and integrated digital volume control allowing it to serve as a fully integrated digital music source.
The integrated high-resolution DAC receives its nine digital inputs including USB asynchronous streaming and mass storage, Gigabit Ethernet, Balanced, Optical, Coaxial, as well as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth wireless featuring aptX technology for maximum resolution. The receiver offers high-resolution digital decoding up to 24-bit, 192kHz from PCM and double-speed DSD. Its DAC incorporates an ESS Sabre32 Reference converter for musical accuracy.
A complete embedded Linux computer is embedded in the device, with Spotify Connect, TIDAL, QOBUZ, Deezer, Rhapsody, or Napster functionality, with the computer allowing for use of a wide array of internet radio stations and podcasts. For listeners whose libraries contain older or lower fidelity content, the receiver contains Harman Clari-Fi music restoration technology, which the company claims rebuilds musicality and detail lost in the compression process.
Digital volume control enables usage as a standalone music playback device connected directly to a power amplifier or active loudspeakers without the need for a separate preamp, and selectable low-pass filtering enables the unbalanced outputs to be used for subwoofer integration. The 519 is also the first Mark Levinson component to include a headphone output with the ability to directly drive high-performance headphones.
The 519 can be operated from its large, front-panel color display, included remote control, Apple iOS and Google Android apps. Additionally, all major web browsers can be used for computer control, and a comprehensive range of system integration connections can be utilized as well.
The new Mark Levinson 519 Digital Player will be available in July 2016. Pricing is not yet available.