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Old 06-08-2021, 08:48 AM
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Kevin, I have no experience with Luxman (other than with an excellent loaner D-08u a couple of years ago), but I do have a Diablo 300 driven by an Esoteric K-01XD (replaced a K-03X). These are outstanding units that play well together. I got one of the first 300s available in the US several years ago. Bass, dynamics, and a rich presentation are what I hear; also a certain ease driving speakers. Greg described it well in his initial post. I have Magico S3 MkII speakers and play mostly classical music.

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Old 06-10-2021, 08:24 AM
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Pursuit Perfect System (Terry Ellis) detailed ytube review(s) of the Diablo 300 seemed to suggest there was a special synergy with the optional DAC module and it would be wise to consider it.

Well during auditioning I very much agree.
The streaming connection was changed to SPDIF out via an interconnect into the Gryphon DAC module and wow it was like a new world of sound with DAC, preamp and power amp really singing together.

My listening notes summary say: capable of great atmosphere, a very integrated sound - definitely musical and transparent in the same breath.

So, as expensive as the optional quality DAC is, it’s incredibly well matched to the amplifier.
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Old 06-13-2021, 06:10 AM
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I have had my Diablo 300 with DAC module for about 2 months. I use a Wolf Alpha 3 server to feed the DAC by USB. It replaced an Ayre QX5/20. The DAC module performs well above my original expectations and I also was able to part with $2000 of balanced interconnects and power cord.
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