The Luxman L-509Z Integrated Amplifier embodies the epitome of excellence in both design and performance. It's an exceptional product from Luxman, one of Japan’s premier manufacturers of audiophile-grade equipment with nearly a century-long history.
This integrated amplifier features robust construction with meticulous attention to detail. The exterior exudes elegance and sophistication, showcasing its brushed aluminum front panel which houses multiple control knobs for precision adjustments. Its aesthetic appeal complements any interior decor while simultaneously serving as a testament to the superior technology housed within.
At the heart of this masterpiece lies advanced circuitry designed to deliver pure sonic brilliance. This model utilizes Class AB amplification topology, offering an optimal balance between efficiency and sound quality – it ensures low distortion levels while maintaining ample power output capability.
With 120 watts per channel into 8 ohms or 220 watts into 4 ohms, it has sufficient reserves even for demanding speakers or complex musical passages at higher volumes - thus ensuring clear reproduction across all frequencies without strain on your system components.
Its wide frequency response range (from 20Hz up to 100kHz) guarantees accurate representation of every note played back through your speaker system — whether you're listening to vinyl records via its built-in phono stage or streaming digital music sources through other inputs such as CD players or DACs.
Comparing the Luxman L-509x to the L-509z
Comparing the Luxman L-509X to the L-509Z reveals notable differences. For many years the L-509X was an esteemed integrated amplifier in the market; we carried it in our store for over five years and it emerged as a must-audition piece for high-end integrations. As the foundation of numerous Pearl audio systems, its retirement led to the introduction of its successful replacement, the L-509Z.
First up is the outgoing champion, the Luxman L-509X. This device represented more than just an integrated amplifier; it stood as a bold statement in any high-end audio collection. With a consistent power output exceeding 120 watts per stereo channel, the L-509X also offered advanced features like Low Impedance Replay Ability, ensuring accurate signal transmission across low impedance paths. Its aesthetic design equally appealed with an illuminated analog meter set against a brushed metal front panel.
On the other hand, the newly-introduced Luxman L-509Z offers both appealing vintage charm and high performance standards. While reaching near-capability power levels compared to the L-509X, this model distinguishes itself by incorporating traditional circuit styles from amplification's golden era. Features such as ODNF (Only Distortion Negative Feedback) version 1.0 keep distortion minimal, reproducing warm, authentic audio often associated with tube amplifiers. Notably too, the attractive green LEDs on the meters add retro allure.
Interestingly, the Luxman L-509X operates as a Class A/B amplifier, whereas the new Luxman L-509Z leans heavily into Class A operation at most listening levels. Idealistic listenings may lean towards Class A amplification due to its signature accuracy and sonic "sweetness," although well-executed Class AB amps provide excellent audio performance with added efficiency benefits.
In terms of connectivity, the Luxman L-509Z offers balanced XLR inputs/outputs and unbalanced RCA ones for seamless integration into various home stereo setups. Unique features such as the LEUCA volume control provide smooth operation over large ranges, preserving signal integrity and maintaining high fidelity in sound reproduction.
Overall, whether you choose to invest in the Luxman L-509X or its successor, each model offers a distinctive sonic journey, ensuring lief-like acoustic refinement under varied usage conditions.