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Mark Levinson No5206 Preamplifier: A Benchmark in Design and Performance

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September 6, 2023

The New Mark Levinson No5206 Preamplifier: A Revolution in Design and Engineering

Drawing upon a rich pedigree and strong design philosophy, and applying newly patented innovations, the Mark Levinson No5206 dual-monaural preamplifier debuts today. It provides audiophiles and discerning music lovers with exceptional sound, outstanding digital and analog audio capabilities, and iconic design, all for a price of $9000.

A Word from HARMAN Luxury Audio

“Mark Levinson is synonymous with peerless audio performance,” said Jim Garrett, Senior Director, Product Strategy and Planning, HARMAN Luxury Audio. “The brand-new Mark Levinson No5206 preamplifier meets all expectations of performance, except that it’s more accessible than other offerings in our line."

Core Features

Dual-Monaural Line-Level Preamp Circuitry

The foundation of the Mark Levinson No5206 is its fully discrete, direct-coupled, dual-monaural line-level preamp circuitry, which has earned the HARMAN design team two patents.

Unique Gain Stage and Resistor Network

A unique single gain stage mated to a digitally controlled resistor network for volume adjustment maintains maximum signal integrity and widest possible bandwidth.

Varied Stereo-Line-Level Inputs

Each of its four stereo-line-level inputs—two balanced XLR and two single-ended, using custom Mark Levinson RCA connectors—has its own individual high-reliability signal switching relays.

MainDrive Headphone Output

Like the 500 Series components, the MainDrive headphone output employs a preamp output stage specifically designed to drive headphones directly, without the need for a separate headphone amp.

Additional Features

Brand-New Phono Stage

A new phono stage features a hybrid gain topology, mating key discrete components from the acclaimed 500 Series Pure Phono stage with premium, low-noise integrated circuits.

Active/Passive RIAA Equalizer

A hybrid active/passive RIAA equalizer employs precision resistors and polypropylene capacitors for exceptional accuracy and sonic clarity.

Variable Line-Level Outputs

Two stereo pairs of variable line-level outputs, balanced XLR and single-ended RCA, provide system expansion and flexibility.

Cutting-Edge Technologies

Mark Levinson Precision Link II™ DAC

The No5206 features a class-leading ESS Sabre Pro series 32-bit D/A converter with jitter elimination circuitry, implemented with five independent low-noise power supplies and a fully balanced, discrete current-to-voltage converter.

Digital Audio Inputs

Six digital audio inputs are provided: One AES, two coaxial and two optical S/PDIF, and one asynchronous USB for high-resolution audio playback.

High-Quality Bluetooth and MQA Technology

A high-quality Bluetooth input offers aptX-HD decoding, and the No5206 includes MQA (Master Quality Authenticated) technology for full decoding of MQA® audio files and streams.

Design and Aesthetics

Iconic Hourglass Knobs and Premium Materials

The design incorporates the iconic hourglass knobs redefined with a gently curved profile, along with debossed top cover vents, custom machined aluminum Standby and Menu buttons, and matching feet.

System Integration and Connectivity

System integration and communication ports include Ethernet, USB, RS-232, IR input, and 12V trigger input and output. A newly designed, solid aluminum IR remote is included.


Designed, engineered, and precision-crafted in the USA, the No5206 preamplifier brings unprecedented value to new audiences without compromising on performance or design. For more information, catch the Mark Levinson Reveals virtual event. Original Article: Mark Levinson


AVIR offers a five-year maintenance service agreement, "M.S.A.".

This M.S.A. includes additional maintenance outside of warranty, to ensure there are no system issues for our clients.

After-hours service: AVIR offers after hours and weekend emergency service and can generally be dispatched to service a system within an hour.

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