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..

gpdavis2's picture

Am wondering if JA got the MM & MC gain figures transposed? 79.5db for MM is very high and 53.1db is just barely adequate for LOMCs. If they are transposed, they still remain quite high for for their intended cartridges (45db or MM and 60 for MC being more in the "usual" range).