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Old 04-20-2009   #14
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Wakanda
Posts: 57
Unhappy Re: I just got the new Mark Levinson 512

Bad news about the 512.

First the ML stuff is made in Indiana at the Crown and JBL labs out there. Many parts come from all over the world, possible china, by the DAC are built in America and the transport is made by Esoteric. 60% though is domestic. That is what ML told me! That's not the bad news.

The last week in February, I went to play a cd on my 512 and the left channel had failed. Very soon, the left channel for the SACD playback would fail too.

My dealer did everything right and everything a dealer should do! And more! He kept pestering ML and they did not respond with an answer nor with a “RA” for over a month, but krept promising they’d get right back to him

Finally, I also called ML. Three weeks after I called I got a RA but learned that virtually all of the 512s had failed! The failure was so complete that all the units were being replaced, not repaired. I was told that something was failing on the grounding, the electronics that made it so silent on playback was shorting out.

I got back a new unit on Thursday. It is interesting that the items on the 512's display have changed. When you turn it on it says "Esoteric" not "Mark Levinson 512". It also says SACD 2 Ch instead of just SACD when an SACD was being played. ML assured me that that was just due to a software update, they use Esoteric transport, and will not affect their sound.

It’s just not what a company wants, advertising the competitor, I bet.

It sounds fine, but now I will have to wait some time to make sure.
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