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Old 10-16-2017, 02:20 PM
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Greg, congratulations on a beautiful amp and an understanding and supportive spouse!
Thanks Tony - it's not mine (yet). Still need to sort out the pre-amp part of the equation.
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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.


Greg: the Luxman preamps are outstanding. I thought my previous C-600f was on par with the Accuphase C-2420. I miss them both but especially the Luxman. Luxman goes well with both Accuphase and Esoteric gear. Donít be surprised if you hear very little from them... IIRC, I found the Accuphase preamp to act like it wasnít there and the Luxman almost the same (but added a little character to which I canít remember its description as it was a few years ago). But I liked it in my system with a K-03 and A-50v. I also liked the C-2420 because it didnít mess with anything sonically, so I guess itís what you are trying to achieve. You should definitely A/B in your house if you can.
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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.
Maybe the amp section in the E-600 is just that good ...no need to move to a tube amp.

I moved to the E-600 from a Shindo Giscours and Cortese/Haut Brion. The Shindo was a tad more detailed with a bit more PRAT. The E-600 got surprisingly close to the texture and tonality of the Shindo - and this was with the internal phono card in the E-600 which could not quite keep up with the phono section of the Giscours. Now with the C-37 and a better matching power cord I think it would be an even closer call, possibly even in favour of the E-600.

And less to worry about with no tubes...I end up listening more often with the SS amp on most of the time.
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Maybe the amp section in the E-600 is just that good ...no need to move to a tube amp.

I moved to the E-600 from a Shindo Giscours and Cortese/Haut Brion. The Shindo was a tad more detailed with a bit more PRAT. The E-600 got surprisingly close to the texture and tonality of the Shindo - and this was with the internal phono card in the E-600 which could not quite keep up with the phono section of the Giscours. Now with the C-37 and a better matching power cord I think it would be an even closer call, possibly even in favour of the E-600.

And less to worry about with no tubes...I end up listening more often with the SS amp on most of the time.
restock, you make a very good point. The E-600 is the real deal. I should leave well enough alone.
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