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Just when you thought it was safe…I’ve a new vintage gear project coming up. This weeks cast will cover a 35 year old Luxman integrated amp, a recent cartridge upgrade on my Clearaudio ‘table, and new music from The Bad Plus, among others.
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Luxman have been in business since 1925, the same year radio broadcasting was introduced in Japan. Since then, they’ve developed a reputation for high quality audio components. Today, they make handsome gear that is priced way outside my reach. The market for their vintage gear is healthy, and many of their more popular units demand big money even 40 years later. One common comparison you may see online is made between the Luxman and McIntosh brands. I grabbed an early 80’s integrated amp – the L-430 on Ebay. It should arrive late this week.
I’ve been without my Clearaudio turntable for several weeks. I suspect our dog, Hank, crashed into it – my ‘table sits too low on the shelf – and the cartridge was smashed. ACK. I’ve been listening to my digital chain since then. This week, I was reminded that I’ve an Ortofon 2M Blue on an old table, so I swapped it in. Sounds great! And, it’s got me thinking about a real upgrade. A Clearaudio MM cartridge is the way to go, I think. Their higher quality carts are known for their excellent midrange performance.
Toolshed Amps has their new Darling amp ready, and I hope to have a review unit in house soon. We’ll do a side by side comparison with their Euphoria Stereo 45 amp I have here. And, maybe for fun we’ll use the Luxman as a palate cleanser.
Be back soon with a new cast.
Thanks for listening.