Mark Levinson No. 27 Amplifiers

No. 27

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User Reviews (8)

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oddeofreak   Audio Enthusiast [Mar 05, 2005]
Strength:

Layers and layers of sound. Sweet with a HUGE soundstage. Lot's of air, something that my past amps just seemed to fall short of. Stringed instruments just seem to sing!

Weakness:

I haven't found any.

Joined the ML club today and I am happy as a fat boy in a candy store! I snuck out of house to pick it up so my wife won't know what I was up to! I came home in stealth mode and hooked it up in my system without her knowing! She has heard over and over that "this is the last piece, I promise!" I will wait a couple of weeks and then tell her the great news. Anyway,the Levinson produces layer and layers of sound so sweet you become mesmerized. The ML has replaced a Sim Audio W5, which is also a nice piece, but it doesn't have the finesse and gracefulness that seems to be a signiture of the Levinsons'. The Sim Audio is rated at 190 watts and the Levinson seems to hold it's own with it. Voices have their distinct place on the stage with an incredible amount of air around them. Horns don't have that sound that makes your ears flutter. Everything just seems to sound right in Audio Land! In the past I have owned Krell, Sim Audio, Jeff Rowland, Conrad Johnson, Aragon, Audio Research. The ML has satisfied my audio craving, for the moment. If you have the opportunity to purchase one of these sweet babies, don't hesitate! Don't the 100 watts fool you either. I was hesitant when I found out it was only 100, but like I said, it sounds about the same as the Sim Audio, which produces 190 watts. System: Krell KRC2 Meridian 508.24 Sound Wave Point Source 3.0 Levinson #27 (:

Similar Products Used: Krell 380il, KSA 200S(my 2nd favorite) Jeff Rowland, Conrad Johnson, Audio Research.
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Joe   AudioPhile [Aug 17, 2002]
Weakness:

Binding Posts

Beautiful amp and astounding value on the used market. Here are few adjectives that come to mind: -effortless -finesse -revealing (not bright) My favorite part of this amp is the sound stage it is capable of. While all other areas are a solid A, the imaging and soundstage is an easy A++ Try one out for yourself.

Similar Products Used: Krell, Aragon, Classe, Bryston
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Jannek Haarding   Audiophile [Jan 22, 2001]
Strength:

Power, Dynamics, smoothness

Weakness:

Biding Pods

I purched the ML 27 used, so value for money is high. This amplifier has it all: Power, Tight Bas, Dynamics, Smoothness etc. I find it very hard to imagine any amp doing better in any way for this kind of money. I use the amp with Audiovector M3 sig. loudsp.(DK), Restek Radiant II CD (DE) and a Kenwood L-1000C preamp (JPN - this preamp has great value for money. Try it!). The Radiant II is laid back, the L-1000C is very up front and the M3 sig. is highly dynamic - theese three in combination are very linear - so I needed a power amp that didn't add anything nor deducted anything. With the M2 sig. high sensitivity I found the 100W in the ML 27 to be more than pleanty. I can only recomend the ML 27 to anyone who doesn't want to spend a fortune on a power amp, and still want's the high end sound.

Previously I had a system with a rotel pre/power comb, and I have also had a Linn comb. with an equally price, but they didn't do half of what the L-1000C/ML 27 does.

HIGHLY RECOMENDED!

Similar Products Used: Rotel RB990BX, Linn Klout
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5
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SaM   an Audiophile [Jun 29, 1998]

This is one sweet amp. Certainly deserving of 5 speakers. I say, if a component hooked up to good speakers and source can bring tears to your eyes on a really sad song, it gets 5 period. Besides the involvment, ya get a truelly neutral amp, that can handle just about any load, and do it well to boot! Bravo!

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Claude   an Audiophile [Jun 09, 1998]

Levinson 27.5 AmpAudio Alchemy DDS Pro Transport
Audio Alchemy DDEV3.0 DAC
Audio Majic Mystic Reference I2S Cable
XLO Signature Interconnect
Wireworl Polaris II Speaker Cables
Thiel 3.2 Speakers

This amp has very good base slam, midrange and highs are very accurate.
The soundstage is very deep and allows you the opportunity to hear almost live sound.

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5
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Andy Lokadjaja   an Audiophile [Jan 20, 1999]

I used Mark Levinson No.23 amplifier and Audio Research SP-14. CD player Philips MK 850II with Sonic Frontier D/A Converter. Speaker is Totem Signature 1.
It's sound good, almost! But not perfect. Mark Levinson No.23 mixed with Audio Research are perfect combination. Now I am looking for new Mark Levinson which has better sound. You will satified with Mark Levinson sound!!!!!!!!

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4
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Shane Mattson   an Audiophile [Sep 23, 1999]

The No.27 is one of the best 100w amplifiers on the used market. True reference quality amplifier....what goes in goes out...You can find these for around $1900.00 today.....a great way to have a Stereophile class-A rated amplifier without spending 4K+....take the extra cash and put it into the digital front-end.

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Ali Asad Lotia   an Audio Enthusiast [Dec 07, 1996]

Associated Components:Martin Logan CLS (speakers)
Audio Alchemy DDS III (digital transport)
Audio Alchemy DDE v3.0 (D/A convertor)
Cardas Golden Hexlink 5c (speaker cable)
Straightwire Maestro II (analog interconnect)

With the aforementioned system, this amplifier does everything right. As can be expected from a product of this caliber, the
build quality is that of a tank (liftng it many a time has proved it to me!). It is also a fantastic sounding piece. I have not heard it
with any other speakers, so I cannot comment on what it does with any other speaker, however, that aside, this amp has totally
extinguished my desire to upgrade my power amp. Well, that is not totally honest, I do dream of buying a newer Levinson!
However, this piece is a keeper. The bass is super tight (what I get if it from my CLS's). Also the midrange and treble sound
pretty open. The noise floor is sufficiently low to reveal new things to me in my music. This really is a serious piece of kit. It
does little wrong. As far as this amp goes I agree with Stereophile, it did deserve a class A rating.

The camac connectors for single ended signal input do tend to be annoying, so I did manage to find fault after all.

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