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    New # 5101 SACD/CD/DAC

    At Munich Levinson introduced a new SACD/CD player with streaming capability and inputs to the DAC. The MSRP will be $5500.00 USD

    In a discussion on the unit a guy quickly pointed out Levinson neglected to add a volume control to allow the 5101 to act as a preamp for direct to amp connection. That probably would have been a good feature allowing it to mate with the 532h power amp. Then again, maybe they plan to introduce a preamp, we shall see.

    The 5101 is said to be shipping 4th quarter, which is real soon.
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    New # 5101 SACD/CD/DAC

    Nice, I am looking for a good but not crazily priced streaming DAC for the summer house.

    Why not a streaming DAC CD/ SACD player...


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    Re: New # 5101 SACD/CD/DAC

    Well I have the Levinson 5101, actually I got the first one that my Levinson dealer received. I had preordered it way before it came out and I am absolutely thrilled with it. I love the MusicLife app that controls it from my iPhone and iPad, it is so user friendly. Itís hooked up to my Levinson 585 integrated amp and the dac in it is absolutely amazing. I called up Levinson to ask which of the 2 pieces should I use as my dac and they shared with me that the 5101 was superior.

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    Re: New # 5101 SACD/CD/DAC

    It would still be fun to do a comparison of the two DAC's. Is the Music Life app a Levinson app? I didn't realize they had on.

    Quote Originally Posted by Garybart View Post
    Well I have the Levinson 5101, actually I got the first one that my Levinson dealer received. I had preordered it way before it came out and I am absolutely thrilled with it. I love the MusicLife app that controls it from my iPhone and iPad, it is so user friendly. Itís hooked up to my Levinson 585 integrated amp and the dac in it is absolutely amazing. I called up Levinson to ask which of the 2 pieces should I use as my dac and they shared with me that the 5101 was superior.
    Aurender ACS10 w/Audioquest Diamond USB,
    Mark Levinson #526, 532h, JBL 4367's
    Clearaudio Performance DC w/Maestro cart
    All Clarus Crimson cabling, AC to binding post. Surgex
    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, Coda CSX, Artisan speakers

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    Re: New # 5101 SACD/CD/DAC

    Actually the MusicLife app is a Levinson app and it works together with the Levinson No5000 Kontrol app so that it can control any of the preamps in the 5000 series.
    Itís funny that you asked about doing a comparison with the 2 dacs because that was the first thing that I did once they were hooked up together. They were a little different but so close in sound that I wasnít sure which I preferred and thatís when I called up Levinson to get there thoughts. Now that I am real familiar with the way that the dac in the 5101 sounds after listening to it for long periods of time I think that I am going to go back and use the dac in the 585 for a while and see which one I prefer now.

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    Re: New # 5101 SACD/CD/DAC

    Hi Gary, welcome to the forums.

    You could establish a digital connection from the 5101 to the 585 so you can quickly go back and forth by switching inputs.
    Aurender ACS10 w/Audioquest Diamond USB,
    Mark Levinson #526, 532h, JBL 4367's
    Clearaudio Performance DC w/Maestro cart
    All Clarus Crimson cabling, AC to binding post. Surgex
    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, Coda CSX, Artisan speakers

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    Re: New # 5101 SACD/CD/DAC

    Thank you, thatís how I have it set up so that I can change it back and for. There signatures are so similar that without spending some time listening to one first for a period of time I think that it would be impossible to figure out which one I like better. So now that I have a lot of hours listening from the 5101 dac this will be the test going to the 585 dac and really getting used to that. Then I will go back to do side by side comparisons going back and forth. Itís all great fun and I just love constantly tweaking my systems.
    Mark Levinson 5101 streamer, dac sacd player feeding into a Levinson 585 integrated amp using Kimber Kable silver streak XLR cables. Along with Legacy Focus SE speakers using Kimber Kable BiFocal speaker cables and Its all plugged into a P.S. Audio Direct Stream Power Plant 15.
    Thatís the system the I have upstairs, now here is my system downstairs.
    SimAudio 390 preamp dac streamer connected to a SimAudio 330a power amp again using Kimber Kable silver streak XLR cables. Also an
    Oppo BDP-105d player. The are feeding into my Wilson Watt Puppy 7ís via Kimber Kable Monocle speaker cables and they are all powered by a PS Audio Direct Stream Power Plant 12.
    2 separate systems so totally different but both so pleasing Iím really not sure on any given day which I prefer

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