Handmade Japanese Quality, Class A Performance, and the Ability to Drive Any Speaker Load: Luxman L-590AXII Integrated Amplifier Plays Music With Reference Liquidity, Detail, Dynamics
A Highly Commended review from Hi-Fi News, five-star rave from What Hi-Fi?, and five-globe praise from Hi-Fi World agree: The newly updated Luxman L-590AXII integrated amplifier plays music with a sound so realistic, it's difficult to hear the difference between reproduction and a live event. What Class-A output stages excel at – midrange liquidity, far-underneath-the-surface low-level detail, stupendous dynamics, full-bloom tonality, stately bandwidth – you get in spades. Under the hood, an ODNF 4.0 drive circuit with a three-parallel pull-push structure, EO-type 615VA "Ultimate Efficiency Power Transformer," and high-capacity block capacitor permit L-590AXII to deliver instantaneous power with unshakeable control. Eight output boards guarantee even the most difficult speaker loads are treated with kid gloves. An onboard MM/MC phonostage, headphone amp, and bypassable tone controls come standard. This is the very audio definition of exquisite, inside and outside.
"...A sane solution for those who want audiophile performance without any aggravation, save for needing ventilation above the unit. But the real bliss-inducement provided by Luxman's L-590AX II is how it lets you return to hi-fi 's Golden Age, while producing sound to match modern criteria. Me? I'd buy it for the looks and retro features alone."
– Ken Kesser, Hi-Fi News, Highly Commended review
Differences Between Luxman L-590AX and L-590AXII
In order to achieve power without sonic compromise, Luxman implemented its ODNF 4.0 drive circuit utilizing a three-parallel push-pull structure with three-stage Darlington. A Luxman 'Ultimate Efficiency Power Transformer' – an EI type rated at 615VA – forms the heart of the amp's power supply, with plentiful regulation ensuring an unshakable response to any load fluctuations. A high-capacity block capacitor contributes to L-590AXII's ability to deliver lashings of power yet remain firmly in control, while the amp's low-impedance transmission design, carefully selected custom components and short, fully optimized signal paths deliver maximum sonic purity. Compared to L-590AXI, which had only four block capacitors, L-590AX MarkII has eight in total – four each for left and right, the same configuration as Luxman's M-700u. Similarly, whereas the L-590AXI had four output boards, the L-590AXII has eight output boards to drive even more difficult speaker loads with ease.