Harman International has owned Mark Levinson (the brand) since the early nineties but the No. 5909 is Mark Levinson’s first high-end headphone: a Bluetooth model with active noise cancellation smarts that, at €999, sells for a long way north of even Apple’s AirPods Max (€629). And yet, Harman’s engineering team didn’t leave the home listening crowd twisting in the wind. Inside the No. 5909’s luxurious packaging, inside the included hard-shell travel case, are cables for connections to headphone amplifiers and portable devices so that the No. 5909 may also be used passively.
For our extended podcast review, I took care of the Bluetooth smartphone connections and Srajan Ebaen the hard-wired hook-ups. Comparisons to headphones from Meze, Final, Apple, Sony and Bowers & Wilkins abound.
As mentioned in this podcast…
Srajan’s Mark Levinson No. 5909 ‘podcast preview’
Darko’s Mark Levinson No. 5909 news announcement
B&W PX7 S2
Apple AirPods Max
Meze 99 Classics
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