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Old 05-05-2018, 12:29 PM
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Old 05-05-2018, 11:33 PM
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Think Iíll keep dreaming of the DartZeels ... at least that wonít cause my car insurance to explode!
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I might have some insight as to why so many have been for sale. I’ve been resisting this post waiting the outcome of customer service but here goes ... First preamp had status LED go out day after install. Over a month later the replacement shows up and has a buzz in the right channel out of the box ... first one didn’t. Also now the led on one of the amps has gotten so dim I can no longer see it so it’s basically out too now. I’ve officially asked for a refund since I’ve never received a functioning system. Hopefully that works out as I’m tired of swapping out defective gear. I hate to post this as it did sound freaking amazing. Really too bad.

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I might have some insight as to why so many have been for sale. Iíve been resisting this post waiting the outcome of customer service but here goes ... First preamp had status LED go out day after install. Over a month later the replacement shows up and has a buzz in the right channel out of the box ... first one didnít. Also now the led on one of the amps has gotten so dim I can no longer see it so itís basically out too now. Iíve officially asked for a refund since Iíve never received a functioning system. Hopefully that works out as Iím tired of swapping out defective gear. I hate to post this as it did sound freaking amazing. Really too bad.

George
And now no right channel at all. Good night!
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Absolutely understand you being pissed, you have a right to be. However, this is the first mention on the internet that I’ve ever seen of quality issues. I’ve never had any issues with mine. How they address your issues will tell us much.
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Yup ... not very interested in a 3rd 523 though. Luckily I still have my 326s that has worked like a champ.

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Heard back from Harman support today and they were diligently trying to gather facts. I answered their questions and they are promising to get back to me quickly as they want to understand how it is that I’ve received the only two 523s to fail since launch. Some people do get struck by lightening twice I guess. Maybe I should buy a lottery ticket? Seriously though I do think they really want to understand what is happening but probably going to be at least a week before I have any idea what they are going to do. The 326s is a fine preamp that I have enjoyed for the last 4 years but the 523 is in another league. I’m getting the feeling the dealer nor Harman is going to be willing to issue a refund even though I’ve paid for this 3 months ago and never received a fully working unit yet. I’m trying to be patient but i really have lost confidence in the 523 reliability since both units had issues right out of the box. Sorry for the long sad story ... maybe just venting a little. Thanks for listening!

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Heard back from Harman support today and they were diligently trying to gather facts. I answered their questions and they are promising to get back to me quickly as they want to understand how it is that Iíve received the only two 523s to fail since launch. Some people do get struck by lightening twice I guess. Maybe I should buy a lottery ticket? Seriously though I do think they really want to understand what is happening but probably going to be at least a week before I have any idea what they are going to do. The 326s is a fine preamp that I have enjoyed for the last 4 years but the 523 is in another league. Iím getting the feeling the dealer nor Harman is going to be willing to issue a refund even though Iíve paid for this 3 months ago and never received a fully working unit yet. Iím trying to be patient but i really have lost confidence in the 523 reliability since both units had issues right out of the box. Sorry for the long sad story ... maybe just venting a little. Thanks for listening!

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George, I think everyone would be emotional in your circumstance. High end audio gear is selected with heart, and with dreams of audio bliss. Oh, and lots of money is expended.

I hope you are happy, in the end.
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Just wondering as I go through Audiogon why there are so many of the new Mark Levinson No536 Mono amps selling relatively inexpensively? Almost half price! Are they not selling or are they just not very good? Anyone hear them yet?

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Not sure either but I do know I preferred the Bricasti M28's over the 536 mono's. I was looking to update from the Parasound JC-1's (which by the way are a great amp - will warm your room also!). So auditioned them side by side and the M28's just sounded so much better. Now it maybe a little unfair since at the time I had the Bricasti M1 DAC and for those who know Bricasti combining there DAC's with the M28 are a very very good match. The other thing I wanted is to have a all black unit and not that silver plate but black and they refused to even consider. Bricasti had no issue in suppling.

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Not sure either but I do know I preferred the Bricasti M28's over the 536 mono's. I was looking to update from the Parasound JC-1's (which by the way are a great amp - will warm your room also!). So auditioned them side by side and the M28's just sounded so much better. Now it maybe a little unfair since at the time I had the Bricasti M1 DAC and for those who know Bricasti combining there DAC's with the M28 are a very very good match. The other thing I wanted is to have a all black unit and not that silver plate but black and they refused to even consider. Bricasti had no issue in suppling.

2 Channel: Bricasti M12 DAC & M28's Mono's Black / Aurender N10 Black / Treatments: RPG BAD ARC panels (F, S, Bass Trap & R walls)
Speakers: Martin Logan CLX ART (Dark Cherry) w/30# weights / 2-ML 212's Subs tuned w/PBK
Grounding: Nordost QKore 6 (2-M28, 1-N10, 1-M12, 1-QB8, 1-Router) / 8' Earth Ground Rod / Bricasti M12 w/Acoustic Revive RGC-24
Nordost: 5-QV2 & QK1, 2-QX4 / 12-TC Kones, 27-Sort Fut & 28-LIft / O2/V2 Pwr / O2: SC, Digital & XLR's / H2 Network / V2 RCA Sub's
Misc: Mini iPad / Furutech GTX-DNCF / LED lighting / Aurender AMM / Lovan Rack / SR Quantum Blue Fuses & Black Box
Media Rm: ML: 13A's, 2-Descent i's, 6-Vanquish, Focus / Parasound: 3-A23 &1-31 / Entreq SM /65" LG 4k OLED / Anthem AVM60/ Nordost Tyr 2
Perfect example of listening to vastly different sound characteristics and selecting the one you prefer. Like you, I like how my “matched” amp/preamp units sound together.
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