"The people at Luxman have perfectly succeeded, in my opinion, in finding this fragile balance between transparency and musicality, focusing on listening pleasure rather than hyper-analyticity. It is a transistor component that nevertheless offers this hint of warmth that is usually found in Vacuum Tube components"' -Georges Poulin, L-590AXII review.
The Luxman L-590 AXII is a pure class A receiver. The class A part means it runs hot, it has a lot less power, and the sound it produces is more alive, intimate and textured. The L-590 has amber meters, indicating it's a pure class A amplification component.
An often comparison is the Luxman L-590 vs the L-509 class A/B. Which is better? It's more maddening to hear than to say, but honestly "It depends". When the Luxman receivers came to Pearl Audio, we had both of them arrive at the same time, and I (John) assumed I'd like the L-590 better. In hearing them, I can honestly say the both sound better than I would have imagined, but also they both have unique qualities. I could own either and be quite happy with them.
The L-590 has enormous power, ridiculous power, and I think a little bit faster sense of transients and maybe even a little quieter preamp section. It's definitely the better all around and can drive anything. But turn to the strong sounding 30 watt L-509, and for solo vocals, classical and steel string guitars, violins, cellos, flutes, trombones (stop!), it has some of the most seductive, textured and alive sound I've ever heard. If I walked into a room blindfolded, and didn't know Luxman's sound, I'd probably have guessed it was an exotic class A tube amp with some large 845 or 211 tubes, a touch less presence, and a heroically quiet circuit. The L-590 sounds alive.
I don't think any other company would have nor could have built such an exquisitely crafted lifestyle friendly component that brings textured and alive class A sound. It's special, it's a labor of love, and I'm glad Luxman makes it. Hallelujah.