It was a pleasure to work with another Audiogon member. This was my first time repairing a Levinson. The reason it is a daunting task is because of several design flaws. First off, the four large power electrolytic capacitors valued at 44000UF and 2 inches in diameter is made by Phillips - not a high end manufacturer. Secondly, in order to change the caps, you have to open the heat sinks. Inside you will find five output transistors on both sides that are completely covered by a plate which inhibits air flow. Removing the top five screws on the transistor is the initial step in a complex process. Interestingly enough, Levinson had the country of origin blackened out...hmm? We replaced 44000UF capacitors with 46000UF/75V Cornell Dublier high end U.S. made caps. These are the only 2 inch diameter caps. This job can be done if you have time, patience and know where to buy the parts. Even better yet, you can replace the 44000UF caps with the very expensive 47000UF/100V Cornell Dublier caps, but you'll have to modify the holder due to space. This whole job can be done for 1/3 of the cost of what Levinson charges,including replacing filter caps and electrolytic caps. In conclusion, the Levinson is a very good amp and similar to Luxman, Krell, Pass, etc. Feel free to email me if you have any questions about the Levinson complete cap replacement. Thank you very much.
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