HARMAN’s Mark Levinson № 519 Audio Player Firmware Update Adds Roon Ready & MQA Certification

HARMAN’s Mark Levinson this week announced a major firmware update for its № 519 Audio Player. The № 519 is now Roon Ready. Roon is a way to browse, organize and listen to music. Artist photos, credits, bios, reviews, lyrics, tour dates and composers are located automatically, then interconnected by links to build a surfable digital magazine about a user’s musical taste. Roon lets a user explore millions of tracks on TIDAL through the lens of her collection.

The Mark Levinson No519 is now also certified with the MQA Full Decoder which enables playback and authentication of MQA audio files and streams. The No 519 delivers full MQA playback while streaming MQA files from Tidal or Roon, playing through a USB drive, listening to an MQA-CD or via DLNA.

Additional enhancements include support for up to 8TB USB hard drives, support for Mac OS formatted hard drives, faster network discovery, an added Wi-Fi signal strength indicator and improved user experience with streaming services.

The Mark Levinson № 519 offers digital decoding up to 32-bit, 192kHz from PCM and double-speed DSD. Its Precision Link DAC features an ESS Sabre32 Reference converter for accuracy of resolution and dynamic range. The № 519 contains a complete embedded Precision Stream Linux computer with 1GHz multicore processor, delivering outstanding performance headroom for flawless performance, regardless of configuration. The № 519 features a proprietary Mark Levinson Pure Path discrete, direct coupled, fully balanced, dual-monaural signal path offering balanced and single-ended analog outputs, balanced, optical and coaxial digital outputs and a high-performance Main Drive headphone output integrated into the front panel, enabling listeners to drive up to 32 ohm headphones in class A using the main output circuitry.

Here are the details.