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Old 01-23-2018, 08:56 PM
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Smile Luxman CL38U-SE

Picked up the preamp today to replace my CJ ET3-SE and wow what a difference. More detail, dynamics and bigger sound stage. The tube phono is dead quiet and livens up the albums. I liked the CJ but it always seem to be restrained. The pace and rhythm are much livelier. Love the bass and treble controls. Also a mono switch and balance control. Love the retro look. Really gets the most out of my Aerial 5T's. Not many of these SE's around only 90 made.
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Old 01-23-2018, 09:46 PM
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Nice!!!

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Congrats. Terrific 'retro' looking (and will assume, sounding as well) preamp.

What are you driving those 5Ts with?

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Old 01-24-2018, 08:01 PM
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Thanks for the picture. I'm driving the 5T's w/a Bryston 2.5 SST2. I use the RCA's for the Luxman and the balanced for the Krell Showcase for movies. Just flip the switch on the amp.
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Nice. 5t's are on my 'listen to' list for new speakers.
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Nice. 5t's are on my 'listen to' list for new speakers.
I was hesitant about going to a monitor. But once I demoed them at home they didn't leave. Add the Luxman and I can't think of a better combo for my system. Everything just sound wise came together.
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Good looking pair! I'm sure they sound great together. Enjoy.
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Forte 4A - too bad you are not a subscriber so you can post pic's (or maybe GeAllan70 can tell us how to do so without being a subscriber). Would be interested in seeing the interior of your CL38-SE to compare with a pic of the standard unit.
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Forte 4A - too bad you are not a subscriber so you can post pic's (or maybe GeAllan70 can tell us how to do so without being a subscriber). Would be interested in seeing the interior of your CL38-SE to compare with a pic of the standard unit.
If you go to the Ken Kessler review of the Cl38U-SE he has an internal photo of the preamp.
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