MUNICH – May 9, 2019 - HARMAN’s Mark Levinson today introduced the No 5101 Network Streaming, Super Audio CD (SACD) player and Digital to Analog Converter (DAC), pairing decades of excellent audio engineering with the latest audio technology advancements to deliver unmatched performance and value. With a bold new industrial design and PrecisionLink II DAC, the No 5101 delivers luxurious fidelity with premium features and versatility. The Mark Levinson No 5101 is proudly designed, engineered, and precision-crafted in the USA.
"The No 5101 is a very exciting new product. There are high-end CD players on the market though few that support the SACD format and feature integrated streaming," said Jim Garrett, Senior Director, Product Strategy & Planning, HARMAN Luxury Audio. "The Mark Levinson level of industrial design and ground-breaking engineering that has gone into this player are remarkable, and we expect the No 5101 will redefine expectations for integrated audio media players."
With a wide range of supported digital audio sources and formats, the No 5101 allows playback of physical media including SACD, CD-A, CD-R and CD-RW. It supports FLAC, WAV, AIFF, OGG, MP3, AAC and WMA formats. The No 5101 can stream from NAS drives as well and DLNA and UPnP devices connected to the same network as the No 5101 via Ethernet or WiFi. It can also navigate and playback audio files from a USB flash drive connected to the USB type A input. Additionally, with one coaxial and one optical S/PDIF digital input, the No 5101 serves as a premium stand-alone DAC for digital sources.
The Mark Levinson PrecisionLink II DAC allows the No 5101 to deliver outstanding digital audio quality. The latest generation ESS PRO Sabre 32-bit D/A converter with jitter elimination circuitry and a fully balanced, discrete current-to-voltage converter directly descended from the No 5802 and No 5805 integrated amps form the heart of the digital audio processing stage. In addition, to digital inputs, it has one coaxial and one optical S/PDIF digital output which will pass a PCM stereo signal through to devices such as the Mark Levinson No 5802 or No 5805 integrated amplifiers. A toroidal transformer mated to 13,600uF of filter capacitance forms the heart of the linear power supply which powers the DAC and all analog circuitry. Individual regulators for each channel assure dual monaural operation. The discrete PurePath class A line output stage delivers the exceptional transparency and dynamic range for which Mark Levinson products are renowned.
The No 5101offers flexible control with system integration and communication ports include IP (Ethernet), RS- 232, IR input, and 12V trigger input. An elegant 5000 Series custom aluminum IR remote control is included. In addition, drivers are available for major control systems.
With attention to detail inside and out, the power supply, transformer and control PCBA’s are encased in a steel cage shield isolated from the digital and analog audio signal path. The robust slot-loading transport is suspended on steel standoffs floating on a PVC and styrene-butadiene rubber sandwich and shielded with a steel cover.
And as with all Mark Levinson components, robust materials, lavish finishes and bold geometry have become hallmarks the company's quality. With the No 5101, one-inch-thick solid aluminum front panels are bead blasted, black anodized, and machine contoured to flow seamlessly into the sleek glass display, which itself is recessed into a bead-blasted and clear-anodized aluminum bezel.
Meticulous artistry is evident in the fine details including debossed top cover vents, screen printing behind the glass panel and aluminum Standby, Menu buttons, and transport buttons – all resting on matching custom aluminum feet.
The No 5101 is being previewed at Munich HIGH END 2019 and will be available in fourth quarter 2019 with estimated pricing of $5,500.
HARMAN (harman.com) designs and engineers connected products and solutions for automakers, consumers, and enterprises worldwide, including connected car systems, audio and visual products, enterprise automation solutions; and services supporting the Internet of Things. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson® and Revel®, HARMAN is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform around the world. More than 50 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and connected car systems. Our software services power billions of mobile devices and systems that are connected, integrated and secure across all platforms, from work and home to car and mobile. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 30,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia. In March 2017, HARMAN became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.