At last year’s Rocky Mountain Audio Fest, Mark Levinson previewed the No. 5802 and No. 5805 integrated amplifiers, the first products in the company’s new, more affordable 5000 series. Both were on display once again at the recent High End show in Munich, alongside a new addition called the No. 5101. When I heard that Mark Levinson would be introducing a digital source component to join the 5000 series, I expected a network streamer, or possibly a music server. What I definitely did not expect to see showcased at the biggest audio show of 2019 was a brand new SACD player from one of the biggest brands in premium audio. But that’s exactly what Mark Levinson has created with the No. 5101, which will sell for an estimated $5,500 starting the fourth quarter of this year. Unlike the SACD players of yesteryear, however, the No. 5101 has a few 21st-century features that should make it versatile enough to sit at the front end of a thoroughly modern digital audio system.
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