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Mark Levinson N0 5105 platenspeler (eind 2020)

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Mark Levinson shows no signs of slowing down with a steady release of new products over the past months. Marking the start of 2020 comes the announcement its new № 5105 vinyl spinner at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week.

The second-ever turntable from the company, it’s been marked as a “premium precision-engineered turntable with a completely original custom design”, the № 5105 is said to blend “lustrous elements intrinsic to the acclaimed 5000 series industrial design”.

The latest design features one-inch thick, bead-blasted, black-anodized, solid aluminium front panels that are machined and contoured to flow seamlessly into the sleek glass display. The tinted glass is recessed into a bead-blasted, clear-anodized aluminium bezel, which houses the aluminium Speed and Standby control buttons.

Jim Garrett, Senior Director, Product Strategy and Planning, HARMAN Luxury Audio, told StereoNET: The quality of the № 5105 must be heard to be appreciated, and we’re very proud to be able to introduce legendary Mark Levinson quality to a broader set of recorded music enthusiasts.

The iconic Mark Levinson hourglass knob design is also featured as a record weight; bead-blasted machined aluminium with a gently curved profile mass loaded with solid brass. This silhouette is echoed in the custom aluminium tonearm gimbal.

A custom 10-inch high-gloss back carbon-fibre tonearm tube is fused to a solid aluminium headshell with an integrated finger lift. The nearly 2-inch thick solid aluminium platter is suspended on a ground, hardened steel axle rotates on ultra-precise bearings. An oil-free bearing bottom made of a mix of composite material with integrated lubrication and a maintenance-free sintered brass bushing that the company says “ensures reliable operation for years to come.”

Addressing speed control and drive, Mark Levinson has implemented a12V synchronous motor with a control signal is digitally generated. The company says “it exhibits no temperature drift, ensuring speed stability and low wow/flutter.”

The signature platter mat and user guide are delivered stylishly in the Nº5105 12-inch double LP gatefold jacket.

The № 5105 turntable will be available either with or without a factory-installed moving coil phono cartridge. Local pricing has not yet been established, but overseas it will sell for $6,000 US without phono cartridge, or $7,000 US with a cartridge.

Interested analogue lovers are going to have to show a little patience though, as the № 5105 turntable is not expected until around the end of the year.

 

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