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Operating Manual
Mark Levinson
CD Processor
Madrigal Audio Laboratories, Inc.


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  • Page 1 Operating Manual ® Mark Levinson Nº39 CD Processor Madrigal Audio Laboratories, Inc.
  • Page 3: Important Safety Instructions

    Important Safety Instructions Please read all instructions and precautions carefully and completely before operating your Mark Levinson compo- nent. ALWAYS disconnect your entire system from the AC mains before connecting or disconnecting any cables, or when cleaning any component. This product is equipped with a three-conductor AC mains power cord which includes an earth ground connection.
  • Page 4: Table Of Contents

    Table of Contents Unpacking and Placement ............... 6 Unpacking the Nº39 ..................6 Remove the Transport Screw ................6 Placement of the Nº39 ..................6 Operating Voltage & Frequency ............... 7 Voltage label ....................7 A Quick Start… .................... 8 Warm up/break-in period .................
  • Page 5 Programming the Nº39 ................35 Introduction to Playlists ..................35 Assembling a Playlist ..................36 Programming by Omission ................36 Saving a Playlist ....................36 Reviewing a Playlist ..................36 Deleting a Track from a Playlist ..............37 Adding a Track to a Playlist ................37 Overriding a Playlist ..................
  • Page 6: Unpacking And Placement

    Unpacking and Placement Unpacking the Nº39 Unpack your Nº39 CD Processor and remove all accessories from the carton. Important! Keep all packing materials for future transport of your Nº39. Shipping your new component in anything other than its purpose-designed packing material may result in damage that is not covered by the warranty.
  • Page 7: Operating Voltage & Frequency

    Operating Voltage & Frequency The Nº39 CD Processor is set at the factory (internally) for 1100V , 120V , 200V , 220V , or 240V AC mains operation as appropriate for the country in which it is to be sold. Make sure that the label on the rear of the Nº39 (adjacent to the power cord) indicates the correct AC operating voltage for your location, as attempting to operate the Nº39 at an incorrect voltage can damage the unit.
  • Page 8: A Quick Start

    A Quick Start… We recognize that many people are understandably eager to begin listening to their new components, and that reading the manual is often done (if at all) at a later time—perhaps while listening to music with the new product itself. We strongly recommend that you read this manual thoroughly, as the Nº39 CD Pro- cessor incorporates many unusual features that enhance its operation.
  • Page 9: Warm Up/break-in Period

    POWER UP THE REST OF THE SYSTEM, LEAVING THE POWER AMPLIFIERS FOR LAST Always turn the power amplifer(s) off first, and on last. This good habit minimizes the opportunity for unexpected transients to be passed to your loudspeakers. Another good habit is to reduce the volume on your pream- plifier to minimum value before you restore power to the system.
  • Page 10: Special Design Features

    Special Design Features Congratulations on your purchase of the Nº39 CD Processor. The Madrigal design team is confident you will enjoy the outstanding performance of the Nº39 for many years. In case you are interested in technical details, what follows is a brief outline of some of the key technologies in your new CD player.
  • Page 11: Industrial Design

    Two high quality digital output configurations are also supported in the Nº39. A new complementary driver for the balanced electrical output delivers out- standing performance to the high quality XLR connector. A single-ended PDIF electrical output is also provided via an RCA connector. These digital outputs may be used to feed the input of digital recorders or an outboard digital proces- sor, and they both benefit from the closed-loop jitter reduction circuitry de- scribed above.
  • Page 12: 24-bit Digital Architecture And Hdcd® Compatibility

    In short, the Mark Levinson Nº39 establishes a new standard for performance and practicality among high end CD players and should be auditioned by anyone who desires the finest in digital audio. 24-bit digital architecture All digital filtering and processing maintains a true 24-bit throughput capability, providing greater digital resolution than any existing source component.
  • Page 13: Front Panel, Nº39

    MADRIGAL AUDIO LABORATORIES Nº 39 CD PROCESSOR disc repeat track repeat time on disc time remaing standby – mode prev/rew next/f.fwd stop/drawer play pause Front Panel, Nº39 DISPLAY INTENSITY Pressing this button varies the brightness of the .
  • Page 14 In addition to receiving IR commands, the Nº39 has the ability to teach a learning remote control its own commands from an IR transmitter located in this same area. (See Using Learning Remote Controls for more informa- tion.) SPECIAL MODE INDICATOR The first character in the display is reserved for indication of special modes of operation.
  • Page 15 * (Note that the control is only made available if the Nº39’s volume variable output mode is engaged; see Special Functions for more information.) Any of these four modes (three modes if using the fixed output) may be accessed by repeatedly pressing the mode button, thereby cycling through the options.
  • Page 16 MODE – AND MODE + BUTTONS Using these two buttons in conjunction with the mode button, any of four different Nº39 functions can be controlled from the front panel : • (for creating custom playlists) PROGRAM • INPUTS (for selecting a digital source) •...
  • Page 17 NEXT/F.FWD BUTTON Pressing this button momentarily will advance the Nº39 to the beginning of next track. Pressing and holding this button will instead perform a fast forward scan of the music, reminiscent of the function found fast forward on many tape decks. This scanning mode may be either audible or silent (according to your choice in the menu;...
  • Page 18: The Extended Pause Mode

    PAUSE BUTTON Pressing this button once during play will pause the Nº39 at that point within the track; the display will show double bars (| |) as a reminder that you are in the mode. Pressing the pause button a second time will pause resume play.
  • Page 19 These options represent the length of time the Nº39 before it will automati- cally go into standby . Having made your selection, simply allow the Nº39 to timeout (when the display reverts to its normal operation, indicating disc information). Y ou may change your Nº39 back to manual standby mode before it enters standby by reversing this process.
  • Page 20: Rear Panel, Nº39

    CD Processor Nº39 CD PLAYER Nº 39 a n a l o g o u t p u t s d e s i g n e d a n d m a n u f a c t u r e d i n U . S . A . right left MADRIGAL...
  • Page 21 Caution: Do not switch power off and on rapidly, as this interrupts the normal power-up sequence. We advise waiting at least five seconds between power cycles. DIGITAL OUTPUTS These outputs provide ) via cables equipped with digital audio signal either XLR-type or RCA-type connectors to a digital audio processor. The XLR output conforms to the Audio Engineering Society/European Broadcast Union ( ) professional digital audio standard, which calls...
  • Page 22 input accepts ) via cables equipped with digital audio signal RCA-type connectors from digital sources such as a compact disc transport, laser disc transport, digital audio tape transport, or digital broadcast receiver. The RCA input conforms to the Sony/Philips Digital Interface Standard ), which calls for a 75Ω...
  • Page 23: Ir Input Tip Polarity

    Normally , the digital processor in the system would serve as the “master” of this communications system, while other components including display intensity mode MADRIGAL AUDIO LABORATORIES Nº39 the transport would be “slaves” to that master. (The master acts as a central COMPACT DISC DRIVE aes/ebu...
  • Page 24: Standard Link Cables

    Nº38S) is Linked, it must be the last of the line-level components in the daisy chain. (Technically, it serves to terminate the communications bus used by the source slave out display intensity mode components.) MADRIGAL AUDIO LABORATORIES Nº39 aes/ebu emphasis COMPACT DISC DRIVE polarity Nº 37 standby...
  • Page 25: Remote Control, Nº39

    IR TRANSMITTER WINDOW The Nº39’s Remote Control sends infrared (IR) commands through its pro- MADRIGAL AUDIO LABORATORIES jection lens, and the Nº39 receives IR commands through its Remote sensor window. (See “Front Panel, Nº39”). If either of these lenses is obstructed, •...
  • Page 26: Random Play

    A/B REPEAT BUTTON The Nº39 may be set to repeat any contiguous segment of a disc: : Press once to establish a beginning point (point ) for an end- less playback loop. The display will flash the letter to indicate that it is ready to accept your designated ending point (point (Note that must precede...
  • Page 27 These numbers may also be used in conjunction with other features, such as programming and direct access by time. For example, when in the stop mode, you may press and press the prog – button to delete track 5 from your playlist.
  • Page 28: Analog Input Switching

    (–) : Pressing this button on the Nº39 remote control will volume transparently and automatically lower the volume of a Linked Mark Levinson preamplifier, minimizing the need to juggle mul- tiple remotes. Since this function depends on the ability of the Nº39 to pass the instruction to the Nº38 (for example), the two components must be connected by a Link cable.
  • Page 29: Optimum Ir Reception Window

    If possible, install the Nº39 directly opposite from where you’ll normally operate the Remote Control. In practice, the Remote Control will operate the Nº39 at up to 30 degrees to either side of this direct line. To either side of this line, success- ful IR communication will depend on bounce and ambient lighting.
  • Page 30: Setup And Installation

    Setup and Installation Caution! For your protection, review “Important Safety Instructions” before you install your Nº39. Plug the female end of the AC power cord into the appropriate socket on the rear Connecting AC Mains panel of the Nº39, being certain to seat it firmly , all the way into the receptacle. Double-check to make sure that the AC power switch is in the off position (the side of the switch with an “O”...
  • Page 31: Making Link Connections

    The Nº39 incorporates sophisticated inter-component communications capabilities Making Link Connections when Linked to compatible Mark Levinson components. (See “Communication Ports” in Rear panel, Nº39.) If you own compatible Mark Levinson components, connect them to the Nº39 with an eight-conductor modular cable as described on p.
  • Page 32: Basic Operation

    Basic Operation Before operating your Nº39, take a minute to become familiar with its controls and their locations. (See “Front Panel” and “Remote Control.”) To load a CD: Loading a CD 1. Make sure that the switch is set to the “|” position. main power 2.
  • Page 33: Direct Time Access

    the reduced-volume audible scan available during these modes to search the CD until the laser pickup reaches the passage you want to hear. (Assuming your CD player is set for audible rather than silent scanning. If not, see Special Functions.) As soon as you release the button, play resumes.
  • Page 34: Repeat Track

    again two more times (to cycle through to normal ). Pressing track repeat play stop will also restore the Nº39 to normal (non-repeating) operation. To repeat (continuously) the track in (normal) play , press Repeat Track repeat rpt disc/trk on the remote) twice to cycle through disc repeat track repeat.
  • Page 35: Programming The Nº39

    Programming the Nº39 Introduction to Playlists Rather than playing an entire CD, you may choose to play only certain selections. To do this, you create a “playlist.” If this is a one-time playlist, it may be used im- mediately upon being created (and will vanish when a new playlist is created). Alternatively, thousands of playlists may be stored in the Nº39’s permanent memory, at which point each becomes the default playlist for the particular disc with which it is associated (until you explicitly change it).
  • Page 36: Assembling A Playlist

    To assemble a new playlist: Assembling a Playlist 1. Load a CD, and wait for the display to show the number of tracks and their total playing time. 2. Make sure that the Nº39 is in the programming mode by clicking mode button until you see PROGRAM...
  • Page 37: Deleting A Track From A Playlist

    Note: If you try to review a nonexistent playlist, the display will show NO PGM 4. To view the next selection, press mode + again, and so on. 5. After you view the last selection, one more press of will mode + cause the display to show momentarily, and then move...
  • Page 38: Erasing Playlists From Memory

    1. make sure that the Nº39 is in the programming mode by clicking mode button until you see PROGRAM in the display 2. press mode – while the CD is loaded, but before play has started. 3. the display will show to indicate that the program has CLEARED been temporarily overridden...
  • Page 39: Track-by-track Polarity Programming

    the track display will be preceded by a , and indicate the total number of tracks and time of the program, not the disc. Y ou must not have a preexisting program if you wish to save a single polarity for the entire disc in one step.
  • Page 40: Special Functions

  • Page 41: Silent/audible Cueing

    Nº38S Preamplifier, and the Nº33 and 300-series power amplifiers). Note: To take advantage of linked functions, you must connect the Nº39 to the other components via their communication ports. (See Rear Panel and Setup and Installation.) Silent/Audible Cueing The Nº39 also gives you the option of hearing a reduced-volume scan of the program material during fast forward or rewind, or of having the scan be silent.
  • Page 42: Name Link

    wish to use your digital processor with some digital source other than the Nº39). • If CD processor, preamplifier and power amplifier are “on” (not in standby mode), pressing the preamp’s button will place all standby four components into standby mode. Name link If you use the Nº39 as a transport with a Linked processor with your Nº39 (via one of the digital outputs), having the NAME link on will allow the Nº39 to show...
  • Page 43: Changing Link Options

    of the two auxiliary inputs and not the other, setting the unused input to “N.U.” will change the input selection process to a simple toggle between the two used inputs. Labelling both auxiliary inputs “N.U.” will effectively disable the input se- lection process on the Nº39, although it will still control the analog inputs of a Linked preamplifier..
  • Page 44: Using Learning Remote Controls

    Using Learning Remote Controls The Nº39 includes both an infrared receiver and an infrared transmitter. With this capability, it can “teach” a learning remote control any commands that might be needed for remote operation. Specifically, the Nº39 can send all of the necessary IR commands from its display window, enabling you to teach a learning remote any or all of its pre-pro- grammed commands, as well as some optional special commands that are avail-...
  • Page 45: Teaching Other Nº39 Commands

    WHEN FINISHED, EXIT THE TEACH IR MODE BY ALLOWING THE Nº39 TO “TIMEOUT” Y ou may wish to teach your remote control some of the Nº39’s special commands (those for which there is no corresponding front panel button); in this case, you should go directly to the next section. Otherwise, simply avoid pressing any buttons for about ten seconds, and the Nº39 will auto- matically return to normal operation.
  • Page 46: Special Commands Table

    special commands table Command Display positive control for operate OPERATE positive control for standby STANDBY positive control for stop JUST STOP set display intensity to off DISPLAY 0 set display intensity to medium DISPLAY 2 positive control for unpause UNPAUSE positive control for pause PAUSE positive control for leaving the repeat mode NO REPEAT...
  • Page 47: Troubleshooting

    Troubleshooting In general, refer any service problems to your Mark Levinson dealer. Before con- tacting your dealer, however, check to see if the problem is listed here. If it is, try the suggested solutions. If none of these solves the problem, contact your Mark Levinson dealer.
  • Page 48 Try turning off/disconnecting AC power from both the preampli- fier and the Nº39. After several seconds, restore AC power to the preamplifier, then turn on the Nº39’s main power switch. Never operate the main power switch without first making sure that power is turned off to your receiver , integrated ampli- fier, or preamplifier/power amplifier.
  • Page 49: Care And Maintenance

    Care and Maintenance To remove dust from the cabinet of the Nº39, use a feather duster. To remove dirt and fingerprints, we recommend isopropyl alcohol and a soft cloth. Caution! Always apply the isopropyl alcohol to the soft cloth and then wipe the Nº39 with the dampened cloth.
  • Page 50: U.s. And Canadian Warranty

    Madrigal Audio Laboratories, Inc., P . O. Box 781, Middletown, CT 06457. The extended warranty for this Mark Levinson product is five (5) years from the Five Year Extended Warranty date of purchase.
  • Page 51: Obtaining Service

    Obtaining Service We take great pride in our dealers. Experience, dedication, and integrity make these professionals ideally suited to assist with our customers’ service needs. If your Mark Levinson component must be serviced, please contact your dealer. Your dealer will then decide whether the problem can be remedied locally , or whether to contact Madrigal for further service information or parts, or to obtain a Return Authorization.
  • Page 52: Specifications

    Specifications The correlation between published specifications and sonic quality is unreliable. A list of numbers reveals virtually nothing. All technical measurements must be sub- ject to qualitative as well as quantitative interpretation. Measurements of the Nº39 yield excellent results by any standards. However, only those specifications that apply to its actual operation are included here.
  • Page 53: Dimensions

    Dimensions 20.56" 52.21 cm 13.38" 34 cm 0.425" 7.68" 2.85" 1.1 cm 19.5 cm 7.24 cm 0.10" 2.00" 5.1 cm 5.45" 5.25" 13.8 cm 13.3 cm 12.25" 31.1 cm 15.55" 6.25" 39.5 cm 15.9 cm 11.55" 29.3 cm 15.75" 40 cm 12.25"...
  • Page 54: Installation Notes

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  • Page 56 Middletown, Connecticut 06457 USA Telephone: (860) 346-0896 Fax: (860) 346-1540 MADRIGAL AUDIO LABORATORIES is a registered trademark of Madrigal Audio Laboratories, Inc. a Harman International company 630160-4 © 6/1998 Madrigal Audio Laboratories, Inc. All rights reserved. Printed in U.S.A.

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