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Old 06-24-2013, 05:03 PM
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Thanks Dan,

The build quality of the LUXMAN gear is just off the charts.

Every control, knob, switch exudes quality.

Packing the best I have ever seen.

Every input around back covered with a special cap

Remotes, metal and SUPER NICE.


The sound... Sublime

Spinning Bob Marley on the Micro Seiki and the Harbeths are singing.
I always love reading about members who are thrilled with their new gear, and best of all their system is singing nicely. There is a certain "havingness" to high quality gear which gives you a sense of pride. That is a part of this hobby I really enjoy. That is the payoff for all the hard work and sacrifice.

ps: I like that word "sublime"
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Old 06-24-2013, 05:05 PM
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Awesome. I've been admiring that amp since it was introduced.

Tubes, there's no substitute ... Alas.

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Old 06-24-2013, 10:38 PM
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Beautiful!

That amp should rock plus there are tons of EL34's out there if you're into rolling some glass.
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Old 06-30-2013, 04:05 AM
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Luxman have been great this way, often keeping to a proven look (the 'retro' style, yes). And the newer players, like Leben another; and most likely others. Great look, hope it's suiting.
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Old 06-30-2013, 11:19 AM
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Very fine indeed, a beautiful amp.
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Old 06-30-2013, 12:16 PM
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As good as the Luxman 590 A II Class "A" SS amp is, I was missing the tube magic.

I found a perfect, like new Luxman SQ-38 EL-34 based integrated for sale not too far away. I contacted the owner (great guy) and made a deal.

This is such a high quality piece of retro looking, smooth sounding gear I just love it. Packed with useful features. The headphone amp is supposed to be amazing.

It has ALL of the EL-34 sound that I have always loved.

For you visual types...
Lovely looking amps!
We do not get much exposure to Luxman at where I live. Wish we had.

My first introduction to EL-34 was about 10yrs back, then it got me infected to tubes. The next that I tried and once owned was 300B, 2A3 and KT120 tubes. All except EL-34, were used to drive my Harbeth 7ES3 and SHL5.

I am back to SS though ... But once I can have a 2nd set up, that will be a tube setup for sure :-)

Share some pictures with you too... I love the blue glow on 300B :-)



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Old 06-30-2013, 12:59 PM
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I'm a big Luxman fan. Great choice.

(just took possession of my fathers K8 tape deck). 30 years later it functions like new, crazy.
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Old 06-30-2013, 03:03 PM
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Old 07-01-2013, 01:16 AM
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Old 07-09-2013, 01:54 PM
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