Luxman L-509X integrated amplifier Associated Equipment

Sidebar 2: Associated Equipment

Analog Sources: Kuzma Stabi S turntable & Stogi S tonearm; Denon DL-103, Hana EL, Ortofon 2M Bronze cartridges.
Digital Sources: Apple MacBook computer running Audirvana Plus; PS Audio NuWave, Mytek HiFi Manhattan DACs; LG BD-550 Blu-ray player; Western Digital T2 Mirror Drives (2).
Preamplification: Auditorium 23 A23 moving-coil step-up transformer, Heed Audio Quasar phono stage, Shindo Laboratory Allegro preamplifier.
Power Amplifier: Shindo Laboratory Haut-Brion.
Integrated Amplifiers: Heed Audio Elixir, Octave Audio V80SE.
Loudspeakers: DeVore Fidelity Orangutan O/93, Elac Debut B6, Quad S2.
Cables: USB: AmazonBasics USB 2.0. Interconnect: AudioQuest Water, DiMarzio M-Path, JPS Labs Superconductor, Shindo Laboratory, Triode Wire Labs Spirit. Speaker: AudioQuest Castle Rock & GO-4, Auditorium 23, Tellurium Q Black, Triode Wire Labs American. AC: manufacturers' own.
Accessories: Music Hall Aztec Blue & Mooo record mats; Spec AD-UP1 Analog Disc Sheet; Salamander five-tier rack; IKEA Aptitlig bamboo chopping boards (under turntable, preamp, power amp); 2" by 2" by 0.5" mahogany blocks, 3"-thick studio-treatment foam damping (ceiling, walls), Mapleshade 15" by 12" by 2" maple platform, RTOM Moongel.
Listening Rooms: Room A: 14' L by 8' W by 14' H. Room B: 12' L by 10' W by 12' H. Both: suspended wood floors, 6"-thick walls (plaster over 2x4), wood-beamed ceilings, systems set up along long walls.—Ken Micallef

Luxman Corporation
US distributor: Luxman America Inc.
27 Kent Street, Unit 122
Ballston Spa, NY 12020
(518) 261-6464

mrkaic's picture

This is a good looking machine, but quite costly.

Allen Fant's picture

Excellent review -KM.
A beautiful amp.

fetuso's picture

I'll echo the first two comments; this is a gorgeous machine. Dare I say my Yamaha as2100 is not too dissimilar.

volvic's picture

I so want this!

Metalhead's picture

Looks sweet, BUT,

I will take the tubed Luxman, thank you.

If a gun was too my head I suppose I could go solid state

Ortofan's picture

... "happily live with the Luxman L-509X till kingdom come", before reaching that sort of decision I'd first want to compare this Luxman amp to the Accuphase E-470.

Elmhurst86's picture

Could this be compared to the new Accuphase E-650 integrated, or is it more along the lines of the Accuphase E-470?

zorst's picture

For that kind of money you should either be able to buy a good used car or a really nice amp. I wonder just how much of an amp you're getting for you money here. I'm sure it's a good sounding amp, but does it have the reserve that an amp in this price range should have. It only draws 380 watts. Even a cheap Onkyo draws more power than that..