Harman audio component brand Mark Levinson has issued a firmware update for its high-end source component, the No. 519 Audio Player.
The No. 519 is now certified with the MQA Full Decoder, which enables playback and authentication of MQA audio files and streams - the ability to deliver MQA playback while streaming MQA files from Tidal or Roon, playing through a USB drive, listening to an MQA-CD or via DLNA. It is now also Roon-Ready, meaning it can, by virtue of simply connecting to the owner’s network, integrate local personal content with the 40-million-track library of Tidal. Roon is a multi-room, multi-user networked audio platform with features such as bit-perfect playback, DSD and PCM upsampling, multichannel support, and Signal Path display.
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 No. 519 offers the ability to play back virtually any audio format from streaming music services including Spotify, Tidal, Qobuz and others, to networked storage, to CD to high-resolution digital inputs and even aptX Bluetooth wireless. It also offers high-resolution digital decoding up to 32-bit, 192kHz from PCM and double-speed DSD. Its Precision Link DAC features an ESS Sabre32 Reference converter for musical accuracy with exceptional resolution and dynamic range, says the company.
Made in the USA, the No. 519 also features an aluminum housing and is operable from a large front-panel color display, from the included remote control, via iOS and Android apps and through all major web browsers.