New LUXMAN products at Tokyo International Audio Show - LX-380

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SoundStage are covering the Tokyo International Audio Show where LUXMAN introduced three new products this weekend. http://www.soundstageglobal.com/index.php/shows-events/tias-2016-tokyo-japan/205-tias-2016-features/647-tias-2016-electronics-part-1

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The most exciting is surely the 12'th generation of the 38 series of tube integrated amplifiers. In production since 1963, the LX-380 brings the 38 up to date with:

* LECUA discrete volume control that employs resistors for each volume setting
* Cinema Bypass, the processor loop could also be used for placing a room EQ in the signal path.
* Tone Controls Defeat.
* Moving Coil Step-Up transformers for the phono stage.
* Simple remote control for volume & mute.

Chronology

SQ38 – release date 1963. Output tubes: 6RA8, transformer: OY-14, 10W +10W
SQ38D – release date 1964. Output Tubes: 6RAB, transformer: OY-14, 10W +10W
SQ38Ds – release date 1965. Output Tubes: 6RAB, transformer: OY-14, 10W +10W
SQ38F – release date 1968. Output tubes: 50C-A10, transformer: OY-15, 30W +30W(8Ω、4Ω)
SQ38FD – release date 1970. Output tubes: 50C-A10, transformer: OY-15-5, 30W +30W(8Ω、4Ω)
SQ38FD II – release date 1974. Output tubes: 50C-A10, transformer: OY-15-5, 30W +30W(8Ω、4Ω)
LX38 – release date 1978. Output tubes: 50C-A10, transformer: OY-15-5, 30W +30W(8Ω、4Ω)
LX38u – release date 1983. Output tubes: 50C-A10, transformer: OY-15-5, 30W +30W(8Ω、4Ω)
SQ-38 signature – release date 1995, 70'th Anniversary. Output Tubes EL34, 30W + 30W(6Ω)
SQ-38D limited edition – 1998, Output Tubes 6BQ5, transformer OY-14, 12W + 12W
SQ-38u – release date 2008. Output Tubes EL34, 25W + 25W(6Ω)
LX-380 - release date 2016. Output Tubes 6L6, 20W + 20W 6Ω)

We expect the 115 volt Export model LX-380 and the matching tube CD player to arrive in January 2017. We don't have the Export pricing yet, but expect the LX-380 @ $6,000+ and the D-380 @ $4,000.
 
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ddk

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Love the no nonsense Classic designs of the past, these new models should do well at those price points!

david
 
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David,

You are right for many audiophiles who have reasonably efficient speakers, this could be a terrific solution. I like the fact that LUXMAN are using common output tubes these days, rather than the rare tubes used in earlier designs.

The previous model, the SQ-38u was slightly more powerful and drove the Vivid B1 (89dB) at the Venetian during CES playing a 1/4" 15IPS, two track tape of Thelonius Monk's Brilliant Corners to perfection.

See you in Denver next week ?

warm regards
Philip
 

ddk

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David,

You are right for many audiophiles who have reasonably efficient speakers, this could be a terrific solution. I like the fact that LUXMAN are using common output tubes these days, rather than the rare tubes used in earlier designs.

The previous model, the SQ-38u was slightly more powerful and drove the Vivid B1 (89dB) at the Venetian during CES playing a 1/4" 15IPS, two track tape of Thelonius Monk's Brilliant Corners to perfection.

See you in Denver next week ?

warm regards
Philip
20-25watts is the sweet spot for me, those older Luxman's all had a wonderful sound and made great music. I won't be in Denver but will be at CES.

david
 
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David,

We will have a sample at CES, if you would like to borrow it some evening.

warm regards
Philip
 

ddk

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David,

We will have a sample at CES, if you would like to borrow it some evening.

warm regards
Philip
I would love to Philip, it's become nearly impossible to find a musical sounding full function tube integrated these days and I know that there's a market for them, the Chinese offering just don't cut it for me.
david
 

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