KJ West One - Connoisseurs of Sound - Est. 1965
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Mark Levinson 390S CD Player (Pre-owned)

Ex-Demo / Pre-Owned

Original RRP ~ £6,000 / Our Price - SOLD

This is a trade in from one of our customers it is in excellent condition and works perfectly. We have the original packaging, remote and manual. 

The Nº390S is the successor to the Nº39 CD Processor and delivers a remarkable improvement in sonic performance over the original design. The Nº390S features a complete redesign of the Nº39 Digital-to-Analog Converter (DAC) and Analogue Output Module. Borrowing heavily from the design of Nº40 Media Console and Nº32 Reference Preamplifier, the Nº390S incorporated Mark Levinson’s latest advances in DAC design, output buffer and volume control technologies, all implemented on a four-layer Arlon® circuit board.

The Nº390S successfully builds on the strengths of the popular Nº39 CD Processor. The name change is intended to convey the level of sonic improvement that can be expected. It doesn’t sound like an improved Nº39 – it sounds like a completely new and significantly better product. The many design refinements in the Nº390S have resulted in a significant reduction in the already very low noise levels present in the Nº39. Low level musical details that were previously masked are now revealed. High-frequency clarity and extension are improved. Low-frequency detail and drive is improved. Imaging and spatial information are substantially improved, with a greater sense of depth and width, providing an almost holographic quality to the presentation.

The Mark Levinson No.390S is housed in the elegant black chassis that evolved from the centre section of Levinson's groundbreaking but now sadly discontinued No.30 Reference digital processor, from 1991. The No.390S offers HDCD decoding (such discs illuminate a front-panel LED), and is an internal redesign of the No.39 CD Processor. The most important point to note is that while the 390S can be used with a fixed output level driving a preamp, it also has a digitally controlled analogue volume control with 0.1dB steps, which allows it to be used directly into power amplifiers. Take into consideration that it has two digital inputs, and the realisation dawns that the 390S can act not only as a source component but also as the control centre for a no-compromise two-channel system.

Demonstrations avialable. 

Ex-Demo / Pre-Owned range

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