Luxman L-509Z front on

Turn of the century

Marking the start of its 100th year in the audio game, Japan’s Luxman has released what it describes as its finest integrated amplifier yet, the L-509Z.

Packed with balanced and line-level inputs alongside moving magnet and moving coil turntable connections, the L-509Z boasts 120W into 8 ohms, almost doubling to 220W into 4 ohm loads per stereo channel.

Luxman L-509Z rear panel

Luxman’s trademark vintage styling hallmarks are fully represented too, with analogue VU meters plus manual controls for tone (with bypass) balance and cartridge selection, alongside a choice of 4.4mm and 6.3mm headphone outputs.

Both of its pre and power amp sections are built around the brand’s LIFES (Luxman Integrated Feedback Engine System) tech, which is based on the brand’s ODNF (Only Distortion Negative Feedback) circuitry that does what it says in only feeding back negative signals to the final amp stage, for a purer sound.

Luxman L-509Z internals

Its output stage is built around quadruple Darlington bipolar transistors in a push/pull configuration, with its output then governed by a LECUA-EX volume attenuator.

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