Mark Levinson No. 26S Dual Monaural Preamplifier Special Edition and PLS-226 dual output power supply by Madrigal Audio
Excellent condition. Tested before listing. Serial numbers: 26s #3977, PLS-226 #3414. Included is a standard power cable for the PLS, a 1m umbilical cord (for connecting the preamp to the power supply), a pair of 3m Camac to RCA cables made by Madrigal Audio Laboratories. Photos show actual items for sale. Will be packed with care and shipped fully insured.
Single owner, from the estate of a passionate audiophile and serious collector where this had minimal use as the individual had multiple audio setups. Purchased from the Pacific Northwest’s premiere dealer (Definitive Audio). Maintained in a smoke-free and pet-free climate controlled environment.
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This 26s has the optional XLR input with its own internal gain control (perfect for a DAC or CD player).
Review of ML no. 26:
Mark Levinson No. 26S preamplifier
The Mark Levinson No. 26S Dual Monaural Preamplifiers used Teflon circuit boards to supposedly differentiate the No. 26 and the 26S models, produced between 1991 and 1994 by Madrigal Audio Laboratories. This unit utilizes Camac coaxial connectors (except for the XLR balanced ones), which were used in the medical industry as well, because they break hot before they break ground when you unplug them. No shorting electronics means a safe preamp and safe ER patients. An external power block, the PLS-226, was used to keep interference to a minimum.
The No. 26S came in 3 versions, a Balanced audio version, a Phono version, and vanilla version that could do neither. There was only space for one expansion board inside the unit, so you could not put in the phono and the balanced board. This made the phono and balanced inputs on the unit shared, only one set could be active in the unit based on which board was present.
XLR Balanced Stereo Input and Output
3 Outputs: Main/Tape 1/Tape 2
6 Inputs: Tuner/Tape 1/Tape 2/CD/Aux 1/Phono or Aux 2
8 Selector Knobs: Input/Output Level/Record/Monitor/Phase/Balanced 1/Balanced 2/Stereo, Mono
Voltage can be adjusted internally: 100, 120, 200, 220, 240VAC @ 50-60Hz