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New, Compact, and Classic from Luxman: NeoClassico SQ-N150 Integrated Amplifier and D-N150 CD Player

By | April 14th, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

If you’re after an elegant classic look and a compact form factor, you’d be hard-pressed to do much better than the Luxman NeoClassic series, including the SQ-N150 integrated amplifier ($2795) and the D-N150 CD player ($2595). Both are new, and both are now shipping.

The SQ-N150 utilizes four EL84 tubes and 2 ECC83 tubes, all from JJ Electronics. It’s a 10W push-pull design with three line inputs, plus an input into a MM/MC phono stage. It has a headphone output, and it utilizes a standard Luxman remote control, either the one included with the D-N150 CD player or the optional RA-25.… Read the full article

Florida 2019: Magico, Luxman, Audioquest, Critical Mass Systems

By | March 17th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , |

Suncoast Audio had another fantastic-sounding room nearby on the seventh floor and Peter Mackay was on hand playing some righteous digital through the A3s.  The Magico A3s ($12K) have been an unqualified success for the company and it’s easy to see why.  They have the classic Magico sound with deep and tight bass and a nice open sound for the mids and highs.  They also are solid being constructed of machines 6061 aircraft aluminum cabinet similar to the firm’s far more expensive offerings.  … Read the full article

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Command Performance Hosts Luxman Event This Weekend

By | March 7th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: |

Command Performance AV will host two Luxman events this Friday and Saturday, March 8 and March 9, with special guest Jeff Sigmund, president of Luxman America. Together with Rick Tydings, owner of AB&T Sales Corp., the regional sales representative for Luxman, the pair will provide background on Luxman’s incredible 94-year history, demonstrate key products in the line, and be available for questions.

The demonstrations will showcase many products from Luxman, including the award-winning L-509X integrated amplifier, the D-08u SACD/CD player, the PD-171A turntable, the C-900u control amplifier and the M-900u power amplifier.… Read the full article

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Luxman Aims to Reach More Vinyl Enthusiasts with New High-End Turntable

By | March 1st, 2019|Categories: Sound + Vision|

Luxman is hoping to reach a “slightly wider range of vinyl enthusiasts” with a new turntable that’s based on the highly regarded PD-171A turntable it introduced several years ago.
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Luxman’s New PD-151 Turntable

By | March 1st, 2019|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , |

Luxman PD-151 Turntable

I’ve always been impressed by every piece of Luxman gear I’ve heard. While the price tag is usually pretty spicy, so is the sound it creates. New and up on the PR wheel is a turntable targeted at “a broader range of audiophiles”. The new PD-151 still calls for a hefty wallet at $3,895, but die hard enthusiasts in the market will likely take note.

The Luxman PD-151 enters the line just below the current PD-171A ($6,400), but will not be replaced by the new shiny thing in town.… Read the full article

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Luxman releases the new PD-151 Turntable

By | February 28th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: |

BALLSTON SPA, New York, February 2019 – Targeting a slightly wider range of vinyl enthusiasts, Luxman America today introduced the PD-151 belt-drive turntable. Luxman based the new analog player on the company’s highly regarded PD-171A, which was introduced in 2014 and continues in the line. “As enthusiasm for vinyl surges, the PD-151 is poised to introduce Luxman turntables to even more music lovers,” said Jeff Sigmund, president.

The PD-151 incorporates a new DC brushless motor. Features include three speeds with independent pitch adjustment; massive, anti-resonant construction with 10 mm thick aluminum top plate and 4 kg platter; high-precision Jelco tonearm; oxygen-free copper wiring; magnesium alloy headshell and detachable IEC power cord.… Read the full article

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Luxman LX-380 Integrated – A Second Take

By | February 21st, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

All components in BOLD are loaned; all components in standard face are owned by me.

LOUDSPEAKERS

Tonian Labs TL-D1 Loudspeakers with custom cabinet with real wood Bamboo finish.

ELECTRONICS

Margules U280SC Class A tube amplifier (new Version), Marantz PM-15S1G Reference Series Integrated amplifier (“Signature Edition” upgraded by The Upgrade Company), Antique Sound Labs MG-SPM25DT SE mono block tube amplifiers modified by Response Audio, Monarchy Audio SM-70 Class-A amplifier.

SOURCES

Marantz SA-15S2 Reference Series SACD/CD player (“Signature Edition” upgraded by The Upgrade Company), Kuzma Stabi S turntable, Stogi arm, Audioquest 4004i cartridge modified by van den Hul, Sony BDP-S350 Blue Ray Player, Onkyo Model T4 Servo Locked Stereo tuner.… Read the full article

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Luxman, Harbeth and Melco – Florida 2019

By | February 19th, 2019|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , , , |

Luxman L-509x integrated amplifier

I’ve become a recent interloper into the cult that is Harbeth loudspeakers. I’ve also been a long time fan of Luxman electronics, so this exhibit pairing was bound from the start to find favor with my heart and ears.

The big news from Luxman was a slew of new products, starting with the new PD-151 ($3,895 USD) turntable. A belt driven affair, with 33/45/78 independant speed control, a custom Jelco tonearm and a universal head shell. The Cartridge used for demonstration was Ortofon’s moving coil Cadenza Red ($1,300 USD).… Read the full article

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Luxman MQ-80 1974

By | January 2nd, 2019|Categories: ItisHifi - Vintage|Tags: , |

This is an interesting amplifier I found while researching a Mons Stereo Labs 6336A amplifier. There is no info about this amplifier so if you know anything please contact me. However here we have a Luxman MQ-80 utilizing the 6336A dual triode.

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Luxman LX-380 Integrated

By | November 24th, 2018|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

The image above is presented as proof of my credentials for reviewing vacuum tube integrated amplifiers. The photo of my younger son was taken two decades ago sitting next to the Air Tight Acoustic Masterpiece M-101 integrated amplifier (audioMusings Issue 6, 1998 HERE). The infant is now a grown man and moved on to pursue his fortune in the world. I wish him peace and happiness.

Luxman LX-380

Luxman LX-380

Luxman has been producing highly regarded audio components in Japan since 1925.… Read the full article

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