Luxman to Showcase New Gear at NY Audio Show

Luxman America, a subsidiary of the high-end Japanese brand that rose to prominence in the 1970s and ’80s, will showcase several products at the New York Audio Show, which opens Friday at the Park Lane Hotel in Midtown Manhattan.

The main attraction will be the retro-styled L-509X integrated amplifier ($9,495), which the company is touting as a “single chassis separate designed to deliver tremendous dynamic headroom into virtually any loudspeaker, regardless of impedance or efficiency.” The amp is rated for 2 x 120 watts into 8 ohms or 2 x 240 into 4 ohms and is distinguished by its prominent VU meters.

Luxman will also preview its forthcoming PD-151 belt-driven turntable (price tbd), which is slated for delivery in the early part of 2019. The table is fitted with a custom Jelco tonearm and universal headshell and will be demonstrated via a direct connection to the L-509x, which has gain and impedance settings for moving-magnet and moving-coil phono cartridges.

A second turntable — the belt-driven PD-171A ($6,995) equipped with Ortofon’s Cadenza Blue moving coil cartridge — will be demonstrated with the EQ-500 vacuum tube phono equalizer/preamp ($6,495), which features a six-position load-capacity selector and other adjustments for refining vinyl playback.

The D-06u SACD player ($8,495), successor to Luxman’s flagship D-08u player, will cap off the exhibit. In addition to spinning discs, the player can be connected to a PC via USB to play hi-res music files. The D-06u boasts a rigid and stable rotation system, highly accurate disc reading, a 32-bit signal processor, and a USB digital-to-analog (D/A) converter that supports 32-bit/384-kHz PCM and 2.8/5.6 MHz DSD playback.

As exclusive distributor of Melco Audio products in the U.S., Luxman will also demonstrate the new Melco N100 streaming music player ($1,999), featuring a 2-terabyte (TB) hard drive and three USB 2.0 ports. The N100 will be paired with the Melco D100 Red Book-spec CD player/ripper ($1,295).

For the show, Luxman has partnered with Queensbury, NY-based Adirondack Audio & Video. The demonstration will also feature the $13,000 Magellan Cello tower speaker system from France’s Triangle Acoustics.

All gear will be demonstrated using the brand’s 15000 series cabling.

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