The 534 Dual-Monoaural Amplifier by Harman's Mark Levinson
Harman’s Mark Levinson introduced the 534 Dual-Monaural Amplifier last week. Featuring Mark Levinson’s proprietary Pure Path circuit design, the 534 delivers a deep soundstage, accurate image placement, extended low bass response, and detailed high frequencies free from “etching.” The high-current, low-feedback two-channel amplifier delivers 250 watts per channel into eight ohms, operating in class A for most listening conditions, doubling to 500W into four ohms, with stable operation into two ohm loads.
The amplifier can drive virtually any loudspeaker. A direct-coupled signal path; a linear, low-feedback design; and voltage gain and drive stages operating in class A, are joined by the system integration capabilities of Ethernet, RS-232, and USB for monitoring and network control. Housed in a cold-rolled steel and 6000-series aluminum chassis, the 534 is designed and constructed in the USA.
The 534 offers balanced and single-ended inputs for use with virtually any preamplifier or source player with variable output. For connection to loudspeakers without needing tools for a secure link, the 534 features four pairs of gold-plated binding posts with Mark Levinson Hurricane terminal knobs to support either standard or bi-wired loudspeaker connections.
“Since 1972, Mark Levinson has been dedicated to the uncompromising art of sound, with the guiding principle of musical purity above all else,” said Jim Garrett, director of marketing and product management for Harman. “To achieve that goal like never before, Mark Levinson engineers in our Shelton, CT Electronics Center of Excellence scoured company archives, ultimately developing a circuit-design philosophy called Pure Path. On a conceptual level, its hallmark principles include a discrete, direct-coupled, high linearity, wide bandwidth, dual-monaural signal path that delivers unrestricted, uncompromised sonic purity.”
The 534 will be available from authorized Mark Levinson dealers worldwide in Summer 2016, and the 536 is available now.