High end home entertainment gear manufacturer Mark Levinson was showcasing its latest and greatest disc player earlier this week. The new No51 Media Player looks to be available now for a whopping $18,000.
The No51 Media Player, said Mark Levinson, reportedly provides DVD playback at â€œcinema-grade movie reproductionâ€ and a CD listening experience which is far better than stand-alone CD players. Five specific areas make up the strengths of the No51 Media Player, three of which are: a video processor which uses custom calibrated scaling and de-interlacing, 14-bit/216 MHz video DAC’s and HDMI output; an audio processor which is built around a low voltage differential signaling transmission line and offers the ability to output 44.1, 88, 88.2 or 96 kHz signals in S/PDIF, AES or TOS formats; and the power supply, which is a dedicated system built around a custom designed low-noise toroidal transformer and joined by a secondary analog power section allowing for the first stage regulation and filtering.
The other two elements which Mark Levinson thinks make the No51 Media Player worth so much money include a chassis with a front panel design which utilizes thick machined aluminum pieces with a combination of brushed and painted finishes as well as laser engraved etchings; and a transport mechanism with â€œprecision milled drawer riding on polished stainless steel guidesâ€ which is joined by shock mounting and other technologies to isolate it from the audio and video circuitry sections of the player.