New Products from Luxman
Luxman, one of the world’s oldest and most revered audio brands, celebrates 90 years of audio excellence with the arrival of the D-06u CD/SACD player, C-700u stereo preamplifier and M-700u stereo power amplifier.
The Japanese high-end audio specialist adds a new CD/SACD player, a preamplifier and finally a power amplifier to its illustrious range of hi-fi components.
D-06u CD/SACD player
The D-06u has been painstakingly designed to make the most of both CDs and SACDs whilst also offering coaxial, optical and asynchronous USB inputs for external digital sources, enabling them to benefit from the player’s exemplary digital and analogue output circuitry.
The player’s digital circuits incorporate a Burr-Brown PCM1792A D/A converter, supporting not only CD and SACD playback, but also PCM data up to 32-bit/384kHz and DSD data up to 5.64MHz via the USB input.
The D/A converter chip combines with Texas Instruments’ TAS3152 32-bit digital signal processor, which upsamples PCM data to 384kHz and supplies three digital filter options for PCM, plus a pair of tone settings for DSD.
The player comes with dedicated ‘Luxman Audio Player’ software for PC/Mac, enabling a wide range of digital audio formats to play through the D-06u via the USB input, including FLAC, ALAC, WAV, AIFF, MP3, DSF and DSIDIFF.
C-700u stereo preamplifier
At the heart of hte C-700u lies Luxman’s fourth-generation ODNF (Only Distortion Negative Feedback) amp circuit, which restricts feedback to distortion components only, thus greatly enhancing signal-to-noise performance. This is directly coupled to the LECUA 1000 attenuator circuit, trickled down from the flagship C-900u preamp, allowing an extremely fine degree of volume control and left/right balance adjustment whilst maintaining sound quality at the highest level.
The C-700u includes precision bass and treble tone adjustment, a ‘loudness’ control for low-level listening, a ‘line straight’ button that bypasses the tone controls, and phase selection for the balanced inputs.
The C-700u offers seven line-level inputs (five single-ended RCA and two balanced XLR), plus four line-level outputs (two single-ended and two balanced). Also present are monitor input and record output RCA terminals, an external preamp input for integration with an AV system, and two remote output terminals for integrated system control.
M-700u stereo power amplifier
A perfect partner for the C-700u, it draws upon Luxman’s decades of experience in amplifier design to deliver “an exquisite combination of rich sonic expression, fine detail, wide bandwidth and dynamic gusto”. Stereo output is rated at 120W per channel into eight ohms and 210W per channel into four ohms, achieving up to 840W per channel into one ohm instantaneously. There is also a user-selectable mono mode with a rated output of 420W into eight ohms.
Luxman has implemented its ODNF 4.0 drive circuit utilising a four-parallel push-pull structure with three-stage Darlington. A Luxman ‘Ultimate Efficiency Power Transformer’ – an EI type rated at 550VA – forms the heart of the amp’s power supply, with plentiful regulation ensuring an unshakable response to any load fluctuations.
The classic Luxman style has been retained, with two illuminated VU meters, one for each channel, giving a real-time indication of signal level that’s both a satisfying visual accompaniment to the music and a useful guide to how hard the amp is being pushed. Around the back are both single-ended RCA and balanced XLR inputs, heavy-duty speaker binding posts, switches for stereo/mono modes and phase inversion, plus a remote input terminal for custom installations.
Luxman's Australian distributor, Audio Active has said all three products will be available from July. Local pricing has not yet been announced.
For more information visit Audio Active.