№ 5206

Precision Preamplifier

The heart of your high-end audio system

Experience the inner details and maximum dynamics of music with the № 5206. Awarded two patents for groundbreaking design, this class-A preamplifier serves as the hub of your entire audio system. By perfectly preserving both digital and analog audio signals, the № 5206 delivers the purest possible signal, allowing you to hear the full potential of your music.


№5206 Feature 01

Dynamic Digital Audio

Transform your digital music collection into a high-quality sound experience that rivals live performance. The № 5206 includes a custom-made Precision Link II Digital-to-Analog Converter (DAC) that accurately reproduces audio signals, minimizes noise and delivers outstanding digital audio quality.

№5206 Feature 02

Pure Path Circuit Design

Our proprietary approach to circuit design delivers uncompromising musical purity and an engaging listening experience. By using discrete components carefully selected for their precise function, the № 5206 delivers unmatched class-A sound quality that captures the nuances of every note.

№5206 Feature 03

High-Performance Headphone Output

Unleash all the performance your headphones can deliver. The № 5206 preamplifier’s class - A analog line stage has so much current capability it can power your headphones directly. Experience an incredibly detailed listening experience — and lose yourself completely in the music.

№5206 Additional Feature 01

Premium Phono Stage

Listen to your vinyl at its absolute best through the built-in phono preamp supporting any cartridge type.

№5206 Additional Feature 02

Bluetooth Audio Input

Experience the highest quality and most reliable Bluetooth playback, thanks to a Bluetooth receiver that’s equipped with aptX™ HD.

№5206 Additional Feature 03

Luxurious Design

Enjoy style and elegance with the meticulous design and lavish materials of the № 5206.



Pure Path class-A analog signal with two awarded patents
32 Bit/384 kHz Precision Link II DAC with 4x DSD Capability
Independent input relays
Class-A high pass subwoofer filter
Premium hybrid topography phono stage
Selectable capacitive and resistive load settings
RIAA equalization
MQA Full Decode certified
Dedicated 80VA toroidal transformer
Extensive internal shielding
Two separate voltage regulation stages
Designed and handcrafted in the USA


Moving magnet and moving coil inputs
Bluetooth audio input including aptX HD support
Home theater processor pass-thru mode


Balanced XLR and single-ended RCA outputs
Main Drive class-A headphone output


Mark Levinson 5Kontrol App
Custom aluminum IR remote
IP, RS-232, 12V Trigger In/Out


OTA update capability
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Dual-Monaural Preamplifier

With Pure Path fully discrete, direct-coupled, dual-monaural line-level class A preamp circuitry, MM/MC phono stage, and Main Drive headphone output.

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Derived from the same Pure Path design philosophy as the distinguished Mark Levinson 500 Series products, the № 5206 preamplifier was created to deliver all the performance and quality expected from Mark Levinson with new affordability and exceptional value.


The foundation of the № 5206 is its fully discrete, direct-coupled, dual-monaural line-level preamp circuitry, for which the Shelton design team has been awarded two patents. A unique single gain stage mated to a digitally controlled resistor network for volume adjustment maintains maximum signal integrity and widest possible bandwidth. Each of its four stereo line-level inputs—two balanced XLR and two single-ended, using custom Mark Levinson RCA connectors—has its own individual high-reliability signal switching relays. Like the № 500 series components, the Main Drive headphone output employs a preamp output stage specifically designed with the current and power capacity to drive headphones directly, without a separate headphone amp.

A newly designed phono stage features a hybrid gain topology, mating key discrete components from the acclaimed 500 Series Pure Phono stage with low-noise pre circuits for high performance at a lower cost. Also, like the 500 Series, a hybrid active/passive RIAA equalizer employs precision resistors and polypropylene capacitors for exceptional accuracy and sonic clarity. The user can select MM/MC gain and optional infrasonic filter from the setup menu, while capacitive and resistive loading settings are easily accessed from the rear panel. Variable line-level RCA outputs allow system expansion and flexibility.

Digital Audio

The № 5206 delivers outstanding digital audio capability through the Mark Levinson Precision Link II™ DAC. The class-leading ESS Sabre Pro series 32-bit D/A converter with jitter elimination circuitry and a fully balanced, discrete current-to-voltage converter form the heart of the digital audio processing stage. Six digital audio inputs are provided: One AES, two coaxial and two optical S/PDIF, and one asynchronous USB for playback of high-resolution PCM (up to 32 bit/384kHz) and DSD (up to 11.2MHz) files. The № 5206 includes MQA (Master Quality Authenticated) technology, which enables playback of MQA audio files and streams. A Bluetooth receiver equipped with aptX-HD enables the high-quality Bluetooth playback.


System integration and communication ports include Ethernet, USB, RS-232, IR input, and 12V trigger input and output. A newly designed, solid aluminum IR remote is included with the № 5206. Finally, an internal webpage allows setup, import and export of configurations, and software updates using a PC and standard web browser.

Industrial Design

Robust materials, lavish finishes, and bold geometry are hallmark attributes of Mark Levinson designs. The one-inch-thick, bead-blasted, black-anodized, solid aluminum front panels are machined and contoured to flow seamlessly into the sleek glass display, which itself is recessed into a bead-blasted, clear-anodized aluminum bezel. The iconic hourglass knobs redefined with a gently curved profile softly transitioning into a rounded front. With meticulous details, including, debossed top cover vents, screen-printed logo and legends behind the glass panel, and custom machined aluminum Standby and Menu buttons, and matching feet, the № 5206 exudes elegance and style.

The № 5206 is proudly designed, engineered, and precision-crafted in the USA.

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№5206 Highlights

  • Pure Path Class A Design
  • Main Drive Class A Headphone Out
  • Home Theater Processor Pass-Thru Mode
  • Class A High Pass Subwoofer Filter
  • MQA Full Decode Certified
  • Bluetooth Audio Input Including Aptx-HD Support
  • Mark Levinson 5Kontrol APP
  • Precision Crafted In The USA

What's in the box?

  • Power Cord
  • Owner's Manual
  • Custom Aluminum Remote Control

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