Stereophile: The № 534's dynamic range was tirelessly wide … Although I know the recording well, I was nonetheless stunned by each sudden, concussive bass-drum note as it erupted from silence.
October 23, 2020
When I reviewed the Mark Levinson No.536 monoblock, I said that its sound quality was second to none. However, its stratospheric price of $30,000/pair unnerved me—only seven of the 35 top-rated solid-state power amplifiers listed in the April 2017 edition of Stereophile's "Recommended Components" cost more, and a similar number (not the same models) deliver more power into 8 ohms. "But don't despair," I wrote—"Mark Levinson has just released a less expensive version of the No.536: the dual-mono, 250Wpc No.534 stereo amp ($20,000)." I requested a review sample of the No.534, to see if it matched the No.536's outstanding qualities of build and sound.
Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity: The № 515 had honest bass response, clean and transparent mids, and delicate, sparkly highs. It was so addictively [musically] that I became obsessed with it during the review period.
Stereophile: [The pair of № 536s] woke up my Revel Ultima Salon2 speakers, delivering an aural palette startling in its transparency and clarity, with an expanded ability to reproduce dynamic contrasts.