Mark Levinson No. 37 CD Players

4.86/5 (7 Reviews) MSRP : $3995.00


Product Description

CD transport, ST fiber optic digital output


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by jimmyjames8 a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: February 8, 2002

Bottom Line:   
Follow up to long ago review. Have compared this transport thru the ML36S/360S to a Pioneer Elite RDR19RW player recorder, Pioneer Elite 100 disc cdp. There is no contest against these machines and I suspect any lesser dedicated transport. The sound is washed out and pale in comparison. Levinson used to state on their website that their DACS, as good as they are, will not live up to their potential w/o a quality transport feeding the signal to them and I have found this to be very true. Bits should be bits but it does not work that way. Quick output run down includes AES/EBU (XLR), SPDIF(RCA), TOSLINK and ST (on mine, I think ST used to be and adder option and not sure about current units having toslink as it stinks as a digital data medium), SPDIF (BNC) and I probably left one out. I have seen these on Audiogon in 2001 for less than $2000. A steal. Redbook cd is not going away anytime soon and the sound on remasters and reissues, K2's, XRCD's etc. just keeps getting better.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   1999

Price Paid:    $2700.00

Purchased At:   used



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Drew a Audiophile

Date Reviewed: May 12, 2001

Bottom Line:   
I disagree with Mr. Mahadevan in his belief that the #37
does not resolve well. I have found it superb in this regard. There are background sounds and instrumental nuances
I have heard on CD's which I've owned for years that I've
never heard reproduced before. The bass response of the
#37 is among the best of CD transports, with excellent
depth and leading edge transients. The separation of
instruments in an ensemble or orchestra is sublime.
I obtained my #37 about 2 months ago, and I was pleasantly
surprised what an improvement it made in my system, far
greater than I had anticipated. I'm starting to think it
might be wiser to put more money into a top-notch transport
and a lower priced DAC.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audiophile

Product model year:   1998



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Sridhar Mahadevan a Audiophile

Date Reviewed: May 11, 2001

Bottom Line:   

For all its strengths, I view the 37 as a flawed design. The
transport mechanism is not robust enough to accept
discs that are even slightly warped. More than 30 CDs
in my collection are not playable on the 37, and produce
a scraping sound. Levinson claims that the 37 is engineered
this way, but a good CD transport should be able to play
*anything*.

The 37's key strength is also its achilles heel: the sound
is warm and musical, and characteristically dark-sounding.
At first, this is really welcome to the ear, but over time
one gradually starts to notice that the 37 is not as
resolving as say the 31.

A good recording to judge the 37 is the famous Bags meets
Trane on Atlantic. The vibraphone on the first track sounds
a bit soft and muted on the 37. Play the same track on
the 31, and the percussive sound of the vibraphone rings
out as it should.

The closed loop jitter reduction circuit on the 37 is mostly
to blame for its sound. The 31 does not share this circuit
and consequently has a very different sound. I have not
heard the 31.5, which has the jitter "upgrade" done, and
probably will end up sounding more like the 37.

I've had the 37 for 3 years, and now feel that its flaws
outweight its strenghts.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audiophile

Product model year:   1998



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Charles Catron a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: April 26, 2000

Bottom Line:   
I agree completely with the other reviews. I was skeptical
that a transport alone could make a difference, but I was
very mistaken. I first had an Adcom CD player and used the
digital out to my DAC, then tried a Theta trans, finally
with the ML 37 there was no comparison. You pay for it,
though. I also recc. using the AT&T connection as it seems
smoother and more natural than the coax. I have a Seismic
Sink under it but I'm not sure this makes any difference(contrary to other reviews posted on the Seismic Sink).

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1997



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by lynch a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: November 23, 1999

Bottom Line:   
It took just one night to realize my system had taken a huge leap forward. As soon as I opened the box I knew this was a physical treat -- great build quality, beautiful, full complement of outs, that 1/8-inch CD drawer, serious remote -- but when I played my first disc, Chris Cornell's Euphoria Morning, I knew this was what a transport should sound like. Usually when I buy a new component I'm very critical (something about trying to justify the increased cost), but when I heard the No. 37 (which was more than just a little costlier, I was very happy I replaced my conrad-johnson DR-1. Less than a week later, I'm even more sure. The music just sounds so much more clean, clear, forward, etc., whether it be Al Green, Dire Straits, Etta James, the Grateul Dead or the Doors. My CD inventory is getting a workout, a rebirth. The bad news is it retails for $4,000 and until recently it was impossible to find one on any of the 100 used audio sites I checked. Recently, however, I've seen a few for $2400 or less.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1996




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