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Old 05-29-2019, 12:31 PM
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Nope, sorry, meant to say 590. I┬’ve stopped looking at the nomenclature since day one of acquiring the Luxman. My journey has been an exhaustive 30+ years with amps and speakers of various price ranges and brands coming and going to say the least. I┬’ve found the Luxman to be a very sweet spot as well as a tremendous performer that offers richness and musicality I value over all other parameters. Can it be outdone? Yes it can. It will cost you multiples. I┬’ve been there. Do I find I need to chase that pinnacle again? Absolutely not. Perfectly happy with the Luxman. As always, your personal goals and dreams may take you elsewhere, to the stratosphere and I┬’m not here to tell you not to. Just sharing my own experience with the 590AXII class A gem of an integrated amp.
I’m in almost the exact same position myself. I’ve gone full circle with my system, and no longer seek that ultra-neutral, ultra-revealing system I used to, and instead favour the more relaxed, musical and emotional connection with the music, with that fuller and denser presentation, but without losing significant detail. Hence why I’m labouring the decision between the 590AXii and the 509X somewhat.
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Old 05-29-2019, 12:44 PM
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I’m in almost the exact same position myself. I’ve gone full circle with my system, and no longer seek that ultra-neutral, ultra-revealing system I used to, and instead favour the more relaxed, musical and emotional connection with the music, with that fuller and denser presentation, but without losing significant detail. Hence why I’m labouring the decision between the 590AXii and the 509X somewhat.
Based on everything I’ve heard from other people including a dealer is that the 590 is just a tad sweeter and richer sounding and if you are not overtaxing the 590 it will keep up with the dynamics just as well as the 509. I love the tonal density and the dynamic contrast it can coax out of my speakers which are so good at the all important midrange for my ears. Not a trace of that cool and sterile, ultra detailed response at all. It has a meaty presentation without sounding micro detail challenged. Spotlighting the soundstage like some amps/speaker combos can however is not exactly its forte.. If you are looking for an amp that will allow you to hear the finest brush strokes on the snare for example, it may be a bit lacking. It still favors a rich and meaty “macro” rather than “micro” presentation. So if you like to analyze the recording with a magnifying glass, perhaps keep looking. If you are looking for a musically engaging and emotionally involving presentation, the 590 delivers in spades. Of course the speakers, DAC and front end will come into play here as well in the overall picture.
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Amplification: Luxman L-590AX Mark II.
Luxman D-06u SACD.
Roon/Tidal.
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PrimaLuna Dialogue HP EL34

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ZMF Auteur Blackwood

Headphone Amplification: Audeze Deckard, PrimaLuna Dialogue HP, Luxman L-590AX Mark II, Woo Audio WA6

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Here is the review from Stereophile. This unit should sell like hotcakes!

It's not quite as good as the L-590AX II, but very close.

https://www.stereophile.com/content/...OGv26xRBzZX.01
Many seems to share this view - although the retailers claim the 'layering" is a lot more improved on the 509X. Havent heard either of these units unfortunately....
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Here is the review from Stereophile. This unit should sell like hotcakes!

It's not quite as good as the L-590AX II, but very close.

https://www.stereophile.com/content/...OGv26xRBzZX.01
Hello GreginNH1, I was about to pick up the the 590AXii with the DAC 06 - and would like to get your view on picking that up against the combination of C / M 700 separates? If I were to put an additional US$1K, I can pick up the C/M 700 separates but without the DAC.

I've always had integrateds - and moving to try the Class A 590.

What would be sensible buy ? Could you kindly respond ?
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