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Old 12-09-2018, 06:06 PM
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Greg, do you remember your 590 AX ll enough to compare it to the L-509x? I’m contemplating a Luxman integrated to pair with my D-08u.
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^ Curious to hear your thoughts as well. I have a Line Magnetic 805ia tube amp which I am really enjoying. I had auditioned this amp along with the Primaluna Dialogue Premium HP at home and for me, the Line Magnetic was my clear choice. Now, with me and my wife thinking about a little kiddo, I am thinking that a good solid state integrated would be nice.
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I had the opportunity to try the 509X at home with my system and I was impressed. Loads of power and lots more to spare with my Spendor D9's. Very fluid and smooth. I felt the music reproduction was very dynamic and I could see why people love this amp. Coming from a strong tube amp like the 805ia though, I did miss some of that magic that the Line Magnetic provided. I preferred the 590AXII to the 509X without question.
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I had the opportunity to try the 509X at home with my system and I was impressed. Loads of power and lots more to spare with my Spendor D9's. Very fluid and smooth. I felt the music reproduction was very dynamic and I could see why people love this amp. Coming from a strong tube amp like the 805ia though, I did miss some of that magic that the Line Magnetic provided. I preferred the 590AXII to the 509X without question.
Since you are a tube guy, I can totally understand why you prefer the 590AXII.
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I had the opportunity to try the 509X at home with my system and I was impressed. Loads of power and lots more to spare with my Spendor D9's. Very fluid and smooth. I felt the music reproduction was very dynamic and I could see why people love this amp. Coming from a strong tube amp like the 805ia though, I did miss some of that magic that the Line Magnetic provided. I preferred the 590AXII to the 509X without question.
I also had the chance to compare the Line Magnetic 805ia and L-509X as I used to own both before I sold the 509X. I agree that the 508ia has certain magic that I did not hear with the L-509X. I hope to listen to the 590AXII soon.
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Since you are a tube guy, I can totally understand why you prefer the 590AXII.
You were right Greg, the 590 has that extra touch of warmth and sweetness that tube lovers subconsciously look for. It really is a great amp.
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Old 02-07-2019, 12:58 AM
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You were right Greg, the 590 has that extra touch of warmth and sweetness that tube lovers subconsciously look for. It really is a great amp.
Well, I have the pleasure of listening to the 590 and the PrimaLuna HP in the same system, it's as simple as switching the speaker wires from one to the other. There is nothing that the PrimaLuna, even in the triode mode can really do better than the 590. Yeah, the 590 really is that good. Velvety, smooth sound of tubes with the grip of Class A solid state. On the other hand, the 590 does not really trump the PL HP either, they are more similar than different, which says a lot about a solid state integrated.
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Well, I have the pleasure of listening to the 590 and the PrimaLuna HP in the same system, it's as simple as switching the speaker wires from one to the other. There is nothing that the PrimaLuna, even in the triode mode can really do better than the 590. Yeah, the 590 really is that good. Velvety, smooth sound of tubes with the grip of Class A solid state. On the other hand, the 590 does not really trump the PL HP either, they are more similar than different, which says a lot about a solid state integrated.

That is interesting, I could see that. My memory isn't great but I had the Primaluna Dialogue Premium HP for about 4 weeks. Ultimately returned it and kept the Line Magnetic. The PL is a great amp though.

Oddly enough, like you, if I get the 590AXII, I will likely keep my tube integrated so that I can switch back when I feel like it. Best of both worlds
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That is interesting, I could see that. My memory isn't great but I had the Primaluna Dialogue Premium HP for about 4 weeks. Ultimately returned it and kept the Line Magnetic. The PL is a great amp though.

Oddly enough, like you, if I get the 590AXII, I will likely keep my tube integrated so that I can switch back when I feel like it. Best of both worlds
As we all know, tube amps are more sensitive to speakers and some speakers are more revealing than others. My Harbeth 30.2s are not the most revealing speakers but are quite musical and smooth so the little differences may very well go unnoticed by my ears which more than OK by me. I've long lost the interest chasing some pinnacle of the last ounce of resolution and detail, when I listen to music I don't want to think about the gear at all and I haven't
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As we all know, tube amps are more sensitive to speakers and some speakers are more revealing than others. My Harbeth 30.2s are not the most revealing speakers but are quite musical and smooth so the little differences may very well go unnoticed by my ears which more than OK by me. I've long lost the interest chasing some pinnacle of the last ounce of resolution and detail, when I listen to music I don't want to think about the gear at all and I haven't
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