"The L-509X is one of the most intimate-sounding, dynamic, texturally nuanced, truthful purveyors of music of my experience."-Ken Micallef L-509X review
If you took a room full of the top 100 audio reviewers in the world, and asked them to list the best integrated amplifier in the world, chances are pretty good that the Luxman L-509X will win the day. Of course you can look to exotic hyper-priced 15 watt exotic tube amplifiers or perhaps some minimalist solid designs and make considerably valid cases.
Out of this crowd though, if you really asked the whole hundred, the Luxman has a pretty fair shake of winning the day. The big Luxman has power, features, luxury Japanese build quality, a great company behind it, and extraordinary sound.
To say the same thing with more words:
-It's extraordinarily powerful at 210 watts into 4 Ohm and produces absolutely spectacular, textured bass. It's a viable alternative to a preamp and large 300 watt class separate stereo amplifier.
-It's beautiful to look at with exquisite thick metal work (see photos).
-It has beautiful build quality with knobs and selectors that define satisfying thunk.
-It's big and heavy, but at 65lbs it's manageable.
-It has an incredible array of useful features including a phono stage that belongs in it's own chassis with a $1000 price tag attached to it.
-Sonically it's one of the most pleasing sounding components we've had in our store, with this delicate warm and textured sound combined with instantaneous alive sounding powerful bass and drive.
The Luxman L-509X has white meters, indicating Luxman's reference range.