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    Any thoughts on Mark Levinson No. 585.5 Integrated amp

    I've been thinking of going to a integrated amp in my system. I really like the Gryphon Diablo 300 for many reasons. But, ran a cross a 585.5 integrated on Audiogon just a five hour drive and a boarder crosssing. I've never owned any ML equipment. But, reviews and reputation that I remember gives ML really high marks. Anyone own or have any experience with the 585.5? It comes with a DAC and phono in the box.
    Speakers: Magico A3, grills, Gaia II
    Integrated amp: Gryphon Diablo 300 with DAC
    Subs: SVS1000 (2)
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    Power cords: Cardas Clear Beyond (wall to Diablo) Cardas CLear Cygnus (5), Shunyata Venom NR12 (AQ1000)
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    Re: Any thoughts on Mark Levinson No. 585.5 Integrated amp

    Darrel, I have a Diablo 300 driving my S3 MkIIs and love it (replaced an old but excellent ML No 331). Levinson seems to have regained much of the cachet they lost following their Madrigal days, but I haven't heard the 585/585.5. If I were looking for an alternative to the Diablo 300 for a little less money, I'd probably be looking first at a Pass Int-250 or a Luxman L-509X.

    Good luck in your quest.

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    Re: Any thoughts on Mark Levinson No. 585.5 Integrated amp

    Quote Originally Posted by GSOphile View Post
    Darrel, I have a Diablo 300 driving my S3 MkIIs and love it (replaced an old but excellent ML No 331). Levinson seems to have regained much of the cachet they lost following their Madrigal days, but I haven't heard the 585/585.5. If I were looking for an alternative to the Diablo 300 for a little less money, I'd probably be looking first at a Pass Int-250 or a Luxman L-509X.

    Good luck in your quest.

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    Re: Any thoughts on Mark Levinson No. 585.5 Integrated amp

    I've read on the Luxman and the sound quality is said to be very very good. I'm not in love with the looks however. And it doesn't have one of my biggest needs or wants. And that is duel sub outs. The Diablo and ML allow for easy sub hookup. The Pass Labs may allow for it if the RCA output can be used. I hanen't read on this yet. Thanks for the help so far.
    Speakers: Magico A3, grills, Gaia II
    Integrated amp: Gryphon Diablo 300 with DAC
    Subs: SVS1000 (2)
    CD/DVD: Oppo 205
    Music Streamer: Lumin T2
    Roon Core: sonicTransporter i7 powered with HDPlex 200w linear PS, running Tital and Quobuz with iPad Pro
    TV: Samsung Q90R 65"
    AudioQuest 1000 line conditions (2), Mondial RPC-120 (SVS subs)
    Keces P3 powering GigaFoilv4,Modem
    Power cords: Cardas Clear Beyond (wall to Diablo) Cardas CLear Cygnus (5), Shunyata Venom NR12 (AQ1000)
    Interconnects: Cardas Clear Cygnus XLR (2)
    Speaker cables: Cardas Clear Cygnus
    Ethernet: Cardas Clear from I7 Roon core to Lumin T2, Supra Cat8 (5)
    ADD-POWR EkectraCkear, Symphony/Ghent DC cable from Keces and HDPlex PS (4)


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    Re: Any thoughts on Mark Levinson No. 585.5 Integrated amp

    Darrell - Diablo 300 gets my vote!


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    Re: Any thoughts on Mark Levinson No. 585.5 Integrated amp

    Mike, if were just about a vote. The Diablo wins. But, my budget is around 10K. Iíve been looking in the used market and if I find a pristine Diablo Iíll move to it. Iím patient and have plenty of time. But, if I see something else. Iíll check into it.
    Speakers: Magico A3, grills, Gaia II
    Integrated amp: Gryphon Diablo 300 with DAC
    Subs: SVS1000 (2)
    CD/DVD: Oppo 205
    Music Streamer: Lumin T2
    Roon Core: sonicTransporter i7 powered with HDPlex 200w linear PS, running Tital and Quobuz with iPad Pro
    TV: Samsung Q90R 65"
    AudioQuest 1000 line conditions (2), Mondial RPC-120 (SVS subs)
    Keces P3 powering GigaFoilv4,Modem
    Power cords: Cardas Clear Beyond (wall to Diablo) Cardas CLear Cygnus (5), Shunyata Venom NR12 (AQ1000)
    Interconnects: Cardas Clear Cygnus XLR (2)
    Speaker cables: Cardas Clear Cygnus
    Ethernet: Cardas Clear from I7 Roon core to Lumin T2, Supra Cat8 (5)
    ADD-POWR EkectraCkear, Symphony/Ghent DC cable from Keces and HDPlex PS (4)


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    Re: Any thoughts on Mark Levinson No. 585.5 Integrated amp

    Quote Originally Posted by Darrel View Post
    Mike, if were just about a vote. The Diablo wins. But, my budget is around 10K. Iíve been looking in the used market and if I find a pristine Diablo Iíll move to it. Iím patient and have plenty of time. But, if I see something else. Iíll check into it.
    Let me check with Jock. He just went back to all NAIM separates, so he might be selling his Diablo.


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    Re: Any thoughts on Mark Levinson No. 585.5 Integrated amp

    Much appriciated Mike. Also tell Jock that he is one of my favorite members and people!
    Speakers: Magico A3, grills, Gaia II
    Integrated amp: Gryphon Diablo 300 with DAC
    Subs: SVS1000 (2)
    CD/DVD: Oppo 205
    Music Streamer: Lumin T2
    Roon Core: sonicTransporter i7 powered with HDPlex 200w linear PS, running Tital and Quobuz with iPad Pro
    TV: Samsung Q90R 65"
    AudioQuest 1000 line conditions (2), Mondial RPC-120 (SVS subs)
    Keces P3 powering GigaFoilv4,Modem
    Power cords: Cardas Clear Beyond (wall to Diablo) Cardas CLear Cygnus (5), Shunyata Venom NR12 (AQ1000)
    Interconnects: Cardas Clear Cygnus XLR (2)
    Speaker cables: Cardas Clear Cygnus
    Ethernet: Cardas Clear from I7 Roon core to Lumin T2, Supra Cat8 (5)
    ADD-POWR EkectraCkear, Symphony/Ghent DC cable from Keces and HDPlex PS (4)


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    Re: Any thoughts on Mark Levinson No. 585.5 Integrated amp

    Quote Originally Posted by Darrel View Post
    Much appriciated Mike. Also tell Jock that he is one of my favorite members and people!
    Oh no, we canít tell him that!


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    Re: Any thoughts on Mark Levinson No. 585.5 Integrated amp

    The 585 won't have the muscle of the Bryston but the preamp section will best the NAD. The DAC and phono stage in the .5 version are very good. The sound is transparent, quick, nothing is rolled off but such a lack of distortion the highs are smooth. I'd love to hear a Levinson set up on Magico.

    The 5805 for less money is outstanding, the amp section is based off the 534 topology opposed to the 585 based off the 532h. I haven't heard feedback but after hearing the 5805 I suspect it could hurt the 585 sales. The 5805 is 125x2 but doubles down.

    Now if the Diablo comes along in your range I don't think anyone will question your choice.
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