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Mark Levinson 5805

Integrated amplifier

£7995

“Its finish is as good as we would expect at this level, and the controls – particularly the dials that control inputs and volume – spin with precision”

When it comes to high-end amplification, few brands are as prestigious as Mark Levinson. The company helped establish the idea of high-end hi-fi in the 1970s and, despite going through a few fallow periods, remains one of its leading lights.

The 5805 has quite some legacy to live up to. It may not be obvious from that hefty price tag, but this integrated is pretty much the entry point into the company’s amplifier range. Its sister model, the 5802 (£6999), is built into the same chassis but offers only digital inputs. So, if you require analogue line ins or a phono

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