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Old 09-08-2012, 01:58 PM
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Cyril: I value your analytical point of view and almost PM'd you before making the decision on this. Do you predict it will be a good match?
Karl...unfortunately I have not heard Vandersteen speakers or ML amplification (let alone the 5A or the 432) to even speculate on how the "house" sounds might even match up (to my ears). Purely on the numbers, the 432 looks like a super amp so there is no reason why the pairing should not work from a technical match as far as I am concerned. Here's hoping the pairing blows your socks off and I am betting like Dan that it will
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Old 09-08-2012, 02:04 PM
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Karl....
Congrats !
That is a beautiful amp and I'm sure that it must sound terrific.
Keep us posted when you'll get it !

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Congrats Karl! I'm sure it's going to sound fantastic.

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Old 09-08-2012, 10:31 PM
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Karl...when is the ML 432 going to get there?
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Karl.......Do not worry. 400 watts per channel of Mark Levinson power will bring ANY speaker to life. I believe you are in good shape.
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Karl...when is the ML 432 going to get there?
It is shipping on Monday on a skid. I suspect that means end of next week for the delivery. (My first hi-fi order that will arrive on a skid)
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Old 09-09-2012, 11:51 AM
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Update: Courtesy of MasterLu, a pair of Wireworld Silver Eclipse XLRs and a Wireworld Silver Electra PC will be joining the welcome party for the Mark Levinson 432.

I figure I might as well hook the amp up from the start with some special cables.

Pretty excited about the whole thing. :-)
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Karl.......We're all excited about this, too. Looking forward to some photos and a review.
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Karl.......Congratulations. I fully expect you to be completely satisfied with the Mark Levinson dual mono 432. Very nice upgrade.

Now it's time to begin the search for a clean Mark Levinson No.38S preamplifier to complete the package.


I agree - adding the 38S will truly be a match made in heaven. It is a fairly different sound from the Mac. but based on my own experiences I think you will not be dissapointed with your choice.
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Old 09-11-2012, 12:22 AM
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Karl,
I have used the 432 for many years. It is a reliable workhorse amp. I've used it with PSB, Wilson Benesch, and Sonus Faber all with good results, especially the WBenesch. When the skid arrives, make sure you have another person to help lift it into place. I have moved this amp only 3-4 times and the shipping boxes are round now! The 432 really needs a sturdier shipping method.
Hope you enjoy it. It's very well designed.
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