posted on Monday, 20th March 2017 by Steve May
Japanese high-end audio specialist Luxman has introduced a specia edition valve preamp and power amplifier, to celebrate its tenth decade of production.
The CL-38uSE and MQ-88uSE pay tribute to classic Luxman design concepts, but feature custom made parts and high-performance valves from Slovakia JJ Electronics.
The CL-38uSE valve pre-amp (pictured above) apes the design and features of the CL-35 control amplifier introduced in 1970. The model is housed in a retro wooden cabinet with aluminium control knobs and switches. It’s equipped with a multi-function tone control and phono equalizer, and is optimised for analogue record playback. There’s a three-stage treble and bass tone control, in addition a switch for mono playback plus a low-cut switch to suppress unwanted low-frequency vibrations from warped records.
The MQ-88uSE (pictured above) is based on the classic MQ-60 stereo power amplifier. It's equipped with both fixed and variable inputs, the latter enabling direct connection with any source component without a preamplifier. It delivers 2x25W into 6 ohms with pure Class A operation.
During production, each CL-38uSE and MQ-88uSE undergoes a 48-hour test and burn-in process before the final performance and specification of each unit is confirmed.
The Special Editions are available to order now, retailing at £4,000 and £4,500 respectively. Production of each is strictly limited to 100 pieces.
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