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Old 05-27-2018, 10:11 AM
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Wow...a 52....now that is something that makes me jealous!
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Old 05-30-2018, 10:40 PM
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System is finally complete ...
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Pretty interesting tale about your Levinson stuff fizzing out. I am also under the impression that their new stuff is supposed to be rock solid. This doesn't change your circumstance though. There should not be any "fact gathering," they should have overnighted you new gear and sent prepaid labels to send the broken stuff back.

You can't underestimate the effect of internet chatter about unreliable gear and poor customer service.

I have been in this same boat and it is VERY frustrating!!

What direction are you headed if not sticking with Levinson?
Good call: " ...There should not be any "fact gathering," they should have overnighted you new gear and sent prepaid labels to send the broken stuff back."

A friend recently ordered a 534 (amp), and has the 326s pre. By all accounts thus far, it appears the 523 is considerably superior ?
Oh, and if anyone has experience with the No.52 (pre) by itself/or compared to 523, please advise.

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Old 02-02-2019, 05:45 AM
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System is finally complete ...
Great system. BUT, do consider a superior 'Rack':

Main 'Rack': (approx. $400/4-5 shelf)

http://www.vtimanufacturing.com/vti_...04-audio-rack/

Amp Stand (If required): ($150.?/ea.)

http://www.vtimanufacturing.com/vti_...plifier-stand/

These are 'basic' in terms of build quality, but are high-performance/ isolation-coupling equipment stands. Fit-n'-Finish is OK -there's much better 'finishing' on other similar/identical spiked modular designs -priced accordingly.
However, bottom line; once gear is perched upon these, you will thank me -and your equipment/ system will thank you!

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Old 02-03-2019, 12:41 AM
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Good call: " ...There should not be any "fact gathering," they should have overnighted you new gear and sent prepaid labels to send the broken stuff back."

A friend recently ordered a 534 (amp), and has the 326s pre. By all accounts thus far, it appears the 523 is considerably superior ?
Oh, and if anyone has experience with the No.52 (pre) by itself/or compared to 523, please advise.

Thx,

pj
So last year I had considerable experience with both the 326s which I owned for 5 years, the 523 and the Ref 52. First the 326s is a great sounding preamp but the 523 just does everything much better ... more detail and much larger sound stage are the two biggest differences and they are big differences for sure. When I put the Ref 52 into my system vs the 523 the biggest thing I noticed was a more holographic presentation ... it really felt like the entire room was now part of the sound stage in every direction. There was even better detail as well. I was now hearing things in recordings that I didn't previously ... let me hear much deeper into the sound stage if you will. One big note is that while the 523 is not as dark or warm sounding as the 326s the Ref 52 is even less so so system synergy is really important. The 52 is extremely revealing and doesn't sugar coat anything so if you have recordings that are less than stellar they sound .... well ... less than stellar. When you have great recordings your jaw will drop with the realism it can create if the rest of the system is up to the challenge. So ... coming up on a year later and I'm still very, very happy i went with the Ref52. As an FYI I also still have them partnered up with the 536s and they have been simply amazing. I've heard the 534 is very good also so I would imagine that pairing would be incredible as well.

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