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    532h to 534

    The 532h is a special amp but doesn't seem to get the respect, except in Stereophile, and me. It really did have a certain synergy with my JBL speakers. However, we always tend to look for something better. I have been looking and checking amps out for a couple years, either I liked the 532h better or the prospect was not affordable for me. I also feel Levinson gear takes careful matching with other gear to get the best from it.

    I heard a 534 a few years back but it was in the unaffordable column and I was not thrilled with another amp over 100 lbs. Then I ran across a used 534 which I could swing.

    The 534 is better in every way, More dense sound, it has what I call "presence" the thing that makes the performance in your room or transprts you there. Levinson doesn't give out how much Class A bias there might be but the 534 runs hot, and that's on an open shelf. The 532h ran cool, that chimney design was very effective for cooling. The sound of the 534 is quick and agile but the denser bass is taking my ear some getting used to. The 532h with my speakers and room really did have a great bass response, I like a detailed bass. The 534 is detailed as well it just has more meat.

    The 534 has a touch of warmth in the midrange that makes it more enjoyable but the speed and clarity keeps it from being overly lush. The 534 does seem to have more high end energy and the snare pops with authority. My 4367 has control for mid/high, I took that down one tick and I seem to like that better so far. I could listen to it flat, it's not harsh, I just felt it called my attention.The 534 provides a better sense of rhythm and melody to the music, more musical if you will.

    This will probably be my line up for a long while. However, I wouldn't mind comparing the 526 internal DAC to some external DAC's to see how it stacks up. LOL
    Aurender ACS10 w/Audioquest Diamond USB, Esoteric N05xd
    Mark Levinson #526, 534 & JBL 4367's
    Clearaudio Performance DC w/Maestro cart
    Clarus Concerto & their Crimson cables

    HT: Marantz AV8003, Linn 5125, JBL SAM3ha, Revel s30,
    SVS PC13 Ultra
    Transparent, Analysis Plus & Tributaries. PS Audio filtering
    Sony XBR-75X940D & BDP
    Parasound P6, MBL 8006b, Artisan speakers/subwoofer

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    Re: 532h to 534

    I wanted to add an addendum since I added the Esoteric N05xd. After reading my original post my observations are pretty much spot on still.

    Except, now my speakers are set back to neutral, the addition of the N05xd has balanced the sound out very nicely and an overall good improvement in SQ. The N05xd has a good synergy with the Levinson. I am really happy with that addition and the results.
    Aurender ACS10 w/Audioquest Diamond USB, Esoteric N05xd
    Mark Levinson #526, 534 & JBL 4367's
    Clearaudio Performance DC w/Maestro cart
    Clarus Concerto & their Crimson cables

    HT: Marantz AV8003, Linn 5125, JBL SAM3ha, Revel s30,
    SVS PC13 Ultra
    Transparent, Analysis Plus & Tributaries. PS Audio filtering
    Sony XBR-75X940D & BDP
    Parasound P6, MBL 8006b, Artisan speakers/subwoofer

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    Re: 532h to 534

    As a former ML No. 331 owner, and having heard the 532H, I was very impressed with the 534 driving Revel Salon2's (not an easy load) at my dealer a few years ago. Probably would have bought it if not for other more pressing priorities.

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    Re: 532h to 534

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Peabody View Post
    I am really happy with that addition and the results.
    Always exciting when you get a new piece of gear that you enjoy. Congrats!
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    Glad you are enjoying the setup! The 534 is an awesome amp … I ran the 536’s for several years and they have the same DNA for sure so congrats on a great setup!

    George
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    VAC Statement 452 Monoblocks
    Sonorus ATR10 MkII
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