Luxman 509x Review
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    Luxman 509x Review

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    I sure love mine! Amazing with Harbeth.


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    Re: Luxman 509x Review

    Excellent review! Looks like a great integrated.
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    Re: Luxman 509x Review

    My 590aX was pretty awesome. I expected to have it for much longer but there was a real benefit to having more power during my foray with Magnepans. Now that I have moved to high efficiency speakers I miss it. I think this would be even better. Amazing and wonderfully complete products (packaging, features, build, remote, etc.).


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    Re: Luxman 509x Review

    Thanks. Just to clarify, Mike, for your Harbeth or Tannoy like speakers, the m900u is still a better choice than the 509, or does it not matter?

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    Re: Luxman 509x Review

    Still not sure whether 509x or 590ax mkII. Having listened to 509x driving Triangle Magellan Quators left me with mixed feelings. On vinyl (Luxman PD-171A + E.A.T. Jo N°5 MC cartridge & EQ-500) sounded superb spinning a direct-to-disc sampler. One of the best I've heard, and I've heard some $$$ setups over the years.
    Switching to D-08u as a source, the sound was a bit aggressive and shrill with recessed soundstage, that was nowhere near what I remember hearing almost a year ago with 590ax mkII on my Marten Django L's, but Triangle and Marten are nowhere near in their philosophy so my comparison is way off.
    Don't get me wrong, it was a beautiful presentation but I was expecting the smooth liquid Luxman sound...
    I have to pay more visits to my dealer as phase matching and proper integration of D-08u in a system is paramount, I just plugged-in the D-08u without paying attention to any detail....
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    Re: Luxman 509x Review

    hellrider77-you will get the desired sound with the L-590AX MKII. It outperforms the 509X by a noticeable margin.

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    Re: Luxman 509x Review

    GreginNH - you might be right, but I must hear them side by side on my Martens. It wont't be long until I do.

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    Luxman 509x Review

    Though it sounds like the 590aX Mk II improved upon the previous iteration in this regard, I would still expect the 509x to trounce the 590 in its transparency. Obviously the sounds of each are well differentiated and there will be compromises either way. I believe the best choice will be very system dependent. The 590 should be well suited for the Martens. Should be a fun demo!

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    Re: Luxman 509x Review

    Would absolutely love to hear this amp. Just read a review which compared it to the 590aX-II. Basically described what I guessed it would...the Class A amp is warmer, richer, but with less detail and transparency. I think what is said above is correct, really different flavors and system dependent.

    The 509, however, sounds like it would be a fabulous partner for my Elipsa SE's.
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    Re: Luxman 509x Review

    I have a Luxman L-509-X I am using with the Lumin X1. I have a pair of Von Schweikert Audio VR5 SE. The VSA speakers work best bi-amped. I was wondering if I can connect another amp to the Luxman and use the 509-X amp for the upper mids and tweeter module and connect another amp to the Luxman's Pre Outs (or however) and use it at the same time to power the bass module of the VR5? It would be nice to power the lower bass module with a good Class D amp(s).

    I kind of figure that probably presents issues but I have never look into any sort of setup like this

    Thanks for any input.
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