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What's so good about Mark Levinson?

So I was looking at Aperion Audio's website and on their glossary page a receiver has a pre-amp and an amp in it. ML seems to concentrate on pre-amps and amps, so would it hypothetically be needed if you already have a receiver in place. And to add, would it make the Aperion speakers sound much better? And to re-emphasize my subject question, what is so good about Mark Levinson products? What the hell do they do to audio? Should they be used in the consumer market?


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It has nothing to do with affordability....

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I am a college student at the moment. I am trying to learn as much as I can at this point. When I finally get my own place I will decide on how to invest in a good sound system. There are people who buy expensive things but live in the worst neighborhoods. Why you ask? Because they have a passion more for that specific item then their living standards.

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Simple terms....

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There are many companies that share the "high end" stage with Mark Levinson. Halcro, Boulder, Krell, Meridian, MBL just to drop a few names.

What makes them so good? In simple terms, the sum of all their parts/design.

At this level of equipment, the buyer is looking for a level of performance that will sqeeze every note from a disc. The system should be able to play loud enough to sound live, without straining. Ear fatigue doesn't exsist, you don't have to listen for the music, it comes to you and sounds natural.

A Yamaha, Denon or other receiver offer people a way to have music and movies play back in their homes, at a price point that many can afford. They also know that the average consumer will be happy with the sound, as they usually don't know any better, or wouldn't be able to justify the cost differences.

Just as a Ford Focus or similar is perfectly fine as a way to get around, there are high performance cars out there that are built to offer a better, faster, more luxurious ride. They are built with better parts, better design. More things are done to ensure they are a better car.

High end audio does the same thing.

At this point it becomes a subjective topic.
Many people will claim they wouldn't be able to hear the difference from low end to high end, I think many are too scared of what they might hear, so they don't try.

A top end system can be like a glass of fine wine or a great cigar, it can arouse your senses and take you to that "other" place.

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sirround more useless information

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I love to go to my local lush budget home theater store Century stero, and check out there billion dollor systems just on of there speakers cost more than my whole home theater set up ha ha it makes me want to cry and sell my stuff at the flea market thats why I call my system just average even thou I have blown about thirteen grand invested "O" to be rich steweeeee

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Simple terms....

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Highend/esoteric audio is never describe with simple terms.
Surrondsound's use of cars is a good one, but car performace can be easly measured, 3.5sec 0-60, cornering .8g etc.
Now comes the problem, even though very expensive test equptment says the difference between some of the very high priced gear is extreamly, extreamly small,,,, there are thoes who say thay can tell. Or can they?????
It then becomes VERY subjective!!!!
It is easy wander into the "Emporers New Cloths" relm.

I buy very good gear, but I don't buy gear that would force me to eat Peanut butter and jelly for a year. Again this is a personal choice. John

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Cars and peanut butter sandwiches...

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I know differences in cars can be measured.
I like to use the example only because it's fairly easy to identify with. You don't have to even be a car lover to know that there are plenty of things that go into making one car better than another.

High end audio can get extreemly expensive once you get past a certain level. Sometimes the only way to really appreciate the differences are to play certain types of music, on only the best recorded discs, and in a room that has actually been designed around the system.

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Cars, I do like the example, it's a good way to explain.

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Yes, there is a point of diminishing returns.
In sound things can work together or not.
The room playes a big part, standing waves, refelctions, etc.
If you only want to play heavy metal music a $10,000 home system is kinda a waste. John

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his sister Rachel is hot !

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