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hifi_dave
16-12-2017, 12:30
https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4570/27291062699_6afd9ccb11_b.jpg


First shot of the stunning new, top of the range integrated amp from Luxman.

This beauty is the L509X at 8500 and is based on their 700 pre and power-amp. Price is 8500.




www.radlettaudio.co.uk

radlettaudio@hotmail.co.uk

tel: 01799 599080

hifi_dave
17-12-2017, 11:33
A nice review of the Luxman L-509X is in the January issue of Hi-Fi News, showing the amp produces 155 wpc/8 ohms and 255 wpc/4 ohms.

The build quality of this amp is staggering and the performance has kept me enthralled for two days now. Not often that happens.

Pieoftheday
17-12-2017, 16:42
https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4570/27291062699_6afd9ccb11_b.jpg


First shot of the stunning new, top of the range integrated amp from Luxman.

This beauty is the L509X at 8500 and is based on their 700 pre and power-amp. Price is 8500.




www.radlettaudio.co.uk

radlettaudio@hotmail.co.uk

tel: 01799 599080

Gorgeous looking thing ,if only I could, do you do finance at a pound a week?:)

Audio Al
17-12-2017, 19:11
Yes it certainly does tick all the boxes , Power , Looks , Build quality , And enormus VU meters , It propably costs more than all my hifi put together

hifi_dave
18-12-2017, 11:19
It's 8500, which I realise is a lot of money, but I can think of numerous ugly, cheap black boxes with no facilities at similar or more money.

There is a new, bottom of the range but still with exemplary build, integrated, coming here in late December/early January.

hifi_dave
23-12-2017, 12:13
Great care in the design and build has been taken to reduce the effects of vibration. The case is extremely strong and rigid with the top panel constructed from almost 1/2 inch thick Aluminium, the feet are cast iron.

Scooby
23-12-2017, 13:07
I can honestly say that if I had the money, I'd have to buy it! It's perfect. If there's a better looking piece of kit out ere, I Havent seen it.

prestonchipfryer
23-12-2017, 16:45
Definitely tempted for one :)

hifi_dave
23-12-2017, 16:56
I was late on the uptake with Luxman. I understood they had every conceivable facility, fantastic meters and build as good as it gets but it wasn't until I heard one did I realise just how good they sound. This L-509X is one of the best amps I have heard, full stop. I have heard it equalled but only by far more expensive pres and powers, nothing at anything near the price.

Because it's been relatively quiet, I have spent 3 afternoons just digging out old, favourite CDs and LPs and playing them with the Luxman D-05u CD player into the L-509X and been fascinated at just how much extra detail and information it passes to the speakers. I haven't found the need to connect an external phono stage because the onboard MM and MC stage is so good.

This is a fabulous amplifier by any standards and a joy to use.

RobbieGong
23-12-2017, 17:44
Luxman have done a number of similarly great amps over the years - I'd defo have one ;) along with Accuphase and high end Sansui's ( AU 919, X1, X11, X1111 mos etc etc ) :)

prestonchipfryer
23-12-2017, 17:56
It would appear to tick all the boxes for me. With the built-in phono stage being a definite advantage. And those fabulous meters. :)

hifi_dave
24-12-2017, 10:12
My first Luxman customer bought an L-590AXII for his system, which is mainly used for turntable playback. He used it for a week with his very expensive valve based phono stage and then decided to try the inbuilt MC phono stage. He thought the differences were just differences and miniscule, so sold his separate phono stage which almost paid for the whole Luxman amp..:)

RobbieGong
24-12-2017, 12:50
My first Luxman customer bought an L-590AXII for his system, which is mainly used for turntable playback. He used it for a week with his very expensive valve based phono stage and then decided to try the inbuilt MC phono stage. He thought the differences were just differences and miniscule, so soldis separate phono stage which almost paid for the whole Luxman amp..:)

:) why am I not surprised. My guess is that some of the high end integrated amps have rightly got excellent phono stages built in.
Not being a boxes man, I've not had experience of external phono stages, never felt the need. The stage in my Sansui is a corker to my ears and very decent from all i've read.

If I was a boxes man and went the external route though ( and came into a small windfall), I'd be drawn to the Aurorasound VIDA.

My head, heart and gut tell me I'd like that one a lot ;)

Scooby
26-12-2017, 13:16
I can't stop looking at the pic! I keep coming back to this thread just to ogle it :)

hifi_dave
27-12-2017, 10:20
https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4687/38358133874_e287dbd957_b.jpg

Ogle this, then.

Scooby
27-12-2017, 11:20
I can see this amp being a future classic that generations to come will spend years searching for. if there's a more perfect form for an amp to take, I cannot imagine it.

hifi_dave
28-12-2017, 14:51
The facilities are all useful and well thought out. For decades we have convinced ourselves that we need just a black box with no facilities but when you have an amp with tone controls, speaker switching, MM and MC inputs, sub sonic filter etc, etc, you will find they are very useful indeed.

hifinutt
04-01-2018, 22:20
presumably it has home theatre bypass ?

hifi_dave
05-01-2018, 11:16
Of course..:)

Scooby
05-01-2018, 11:38
Damn! I started googling images of this in the hope of finding that the pics above flattered it. Sadly (cos I can't afford one), it's WAY prettier than the pics here show. The engineering and finish of the top plate are exquisite. Hell, it's even beautiful from behind!

My only consolation lies in the hope of picking up a perfect used example down the line.

hifi_dave
05-01-2018, 11:43
My pics really don't do it justice and pics can't convey how nice it feels to touch and use.

Scooby
05-01-2018, 12:00
:drool::drool::drool:

hifi_dave
06-01-2018, 16:08
https://www.dropbox.com/s/0kswycxgpqiseid/HFN_Luxman%20L-509X_hires.pdf?dl=0


First time I've attempted a link but hopefully this works.

A nice review of the Luxman L-509XII in Hi-Fi News.

Pieoftheday
06-01-2018, 17:21
The facilities are all useful and well thought out. For decades we have convinced ourselves that we need just a black box with no facilities but when you have an amp with tone controls, speaker switching, MM and MC inputs, sub sonic filter etc, etc, you will find they are very useful indeed.

What does a sub Sonic filter do? Cheers jim

hifi_dave
06-01-2018, 17:24
Very low frequency cut filter. Removes rumble and record warp frequencies when playing records.

struth
06-01-2018, 17:25
oft called high pass as well.

Pieoftheday
06-01-2018, 17:31
Very low frequency cut filter. Removes rumble and record warp frequencies when playing records.

Thanks, when my lottery comes in tonight I'll be in touch:)

hifi_dave
08-01-2018, 16:58
I'm guessing that the Lottery win didn't materialise..:scratch:

Audio Al
08-01-2018, 17:06
I'm guessing that the Lottery win didn't materialise..:scratch:

I allways ask for a unlucky dip as I never win anything :)

Pieoftheday
08-01-2018, 18:21
I'm guessing that the Lottery win didn't materialise..:scratch:

20 on a scratch card, will that cover it??;)

hifinutt
08-01-2018, 20:11
https://www.dropbox.com/s/0kswycxgpqiseid/HFN_Luxman%20L-509X_hires.pdf?dl=0


First time I've attempted a link but hopefully this works.

A nice review of the Luxman L-509XII in Hi-Fi News.

yes i read that as well as the classic cl 38 review in feb 2018 hi fi world which was outstanding . used with pmc

hifi_dave
09-01-2018, 10:22
Yes, the HFW CL-38 review was favourable. That looks and feels proppa vintage and I have a Luxman tuner to match.

It's been months since I got a single number on the lottery and years since I won a tenner. Each week I make up my mind to not bother but get tempted - just in case. I think I'll move to the Health Lottery, at least my money will be going to a good cause.

hifi_dave
28-05-2018, 16:34
https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4691/25201907488_de137f4e34_b.jpg



Gratuitous shot of the rear end. A good selection of phono and XLR inputs and Pure Copper speaker terminals.

Also seen is the chunky top panel, milled from solid.