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My recollection is that Luxman moved some production to China a few years ago, but had some problems and moved it back to Japan when they refocused on the high-end market. My SQ-N100, for what it's worth, says made in Japan.
Wonder if that is why they dropped the SQ-N100/SQ-N10, matching CDP & iPod dock?
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Wonder if that is why they dropped the SQ-N100/SQ-N10, matching CDP & iPod dock?
They still show the matching CD player and dock on their website, although Music Direct no longer carries t. I know they dropped my model, the SQ-N100, in favor of the SQ-N10. The difference is the N10 has a dedicated input for the docking station, whereas my unit, the N100, does not.
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Well, I finally got around to an in-home trial. I used my E-600 as a preamp and the Luxman is signing away. The sound is amazing, lush, detailed and not muddy. No shortcomings that I can identify through all ranges.

It's going to be a long night!







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Greg.......Sweet looking setup. Take a deep breath, write the check, and call it done.


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Lovely. Reminiscent of their terrific MB-3045.

What preamp in in your future?
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Lovely. Reminiscent of their terrific MB-3045.

What preamp in in your future?

That's a good question. I was hoping to use the pre-out feature of my Accuphase E-600. After about 5 hours of A/B comparisons, the E-600 sounds just as good as the Luxman using the E-600 as a preamp which leads me to believe that I may have to consider the Luxman 900 preamp (gulp) which was what my dealer had the MQ-300 mated with.

This OCD is getting very expensive and before I pull the trigger on a tube rig, I will probably shop around quite a bit.
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Greg.......Sweet looking setup. Take a deep breath, write the check, and call it done.


It's never done (until my wife says it's done).
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It's never done (until my wife says it's done).
As long as she says "it's done" and not "you're done!" A good woman willing to put up with an audiophile obsessed husband is hard to find!
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As long as she says "it's done" and not "you're done!" A good woman willing to put up with an audiophile obsessed husband is hard to find!
I hear you. She is awesome. All she said when I loaded the $21,000 Luxman into my car was "you work hard, you deserve it"!

One thing for sure is that she will NEVER let me trade in HER PrimaLuna Integrated!
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Greg, congratulations on a beautiful amp and an understanding and supportive spouse!
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