In celebration of its 50th anniversary, Mark Levinson introduced the ML-50 Limited Edition single channel power amplifier. Its prototype was platform #536 (which in turn was based on the company’s earlier models), which was heavily modified.
For example, the capacitance of the capacitor bank of a high-voltage power supply, which provides energy for voltage amplification and pre-amplification, has almost doubled: from 8,800 to 13,200μF. The capacities of the main high-current source were increased by 20% (from 169,200 to 206,800μF), which became more efficient due to modernized rectifiers based on Schottky diodes.
By doubling the offset of the output stage, the power in class A is raised to 20 watts. Power in class AB has also increased to a whopping 425 watts. All this the amplifier delivers to the speakers with an impedance of 8 ohms.
Fully balanced circuitry
The Mark Levinson ML-50 features a fully balanced circuitry with balanced XLR inputs, although unbalanced RCA inputs are also provided. The output is a double set of Mark Levinson Hurricane speaker cable terminals.
The insides of the amplifier are illuminated with red or white LEDs – when the backlight is on, they are clearly visible through the glass top cover. The vibration-damping feet lifted the ML-50’s chassis, continuing the curved shape of the front panel. This makes dual-channel ventilation with massive external and internal radiators more efficient.
The thick aluminum bezel with large stylized handles for two-person carry also features a black glass plate with the Mark Levinson logo. The aluminum power button in stand by mode is decorated with a red LED backlight.
Only 100 pairs
The Mark Levinson ML-50 Limited Edition are equipped with three-meter branded power cables, white gloves, a microfiber cloth and a personalized set of documentation. The Mark Levinson ML-50 Limited Edition will only be mintage of 100 pairs, and will only go on sale in the last quarter of 2022.
In the US, the retail price of Mark Levinson ML-50 Limited Edition amplifiers will be $50,000 per pair.