Luxman CL-1000 MM/MC Phono/Line Preamplifier

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Utter gracefulness.

This unit exhibits such finesse that I found myself turning to overly familiar works to hear if it could eke out more low-level information or infinitesimal details... drew my attention to disparate musical events... it sounded - and there is only one word for it - 'silky'.

'Polythene Pam' burst from the speakers with the force of a military march... exquisitely fluid and gentle... peerless consistency... delivering reference-grade detail, neutrality and coherence. The openness and transparency were of such a revealing standard. The sound remains of a seamless, mellifluous whole... a holographic spatial event. But so life-like was the reproduction through Luxman's CL-1000 that I was drawn in, with spider/fly irresistibility.

I can think of no higher compliment for a piece of hi-fi equipment. What the CL-1000 does with massed strings and huge orchestras is something to behold. Via the CL-1000, it recreated the necessary club-like intimacy small-ensemble jazz albums demand to sound of their best... deliver such vibrancy and realism.

The Luxman CL-1000 unashamedly marries truly stellar sonic performance with the sort of perceived value - and build quality - that eludes much of the high-end. It is a delight to use, it leads to hours-long listening sessions and it is so gorgeous that you'll want to fiddle with the controls just for the tactile rewards. Magnificent!

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- Hi-Fi News - 5 Stars
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    At LUXMAN, they don’t consider a technology “advanced” unless it advances your ability to delight in music. That principle reaches its highest expression in the CL-1000, Luxman's flagship vacuum tube control amplifier. Successor to the classic C-1000 released in 1975, the CL-1000 pairs beautifully with the acclaimed MQ-300 vacuum tube stereo power amplifier. Both reflect LUXMAN’s singular expertise in vacuum tube audio. In the 1960s, when the audio industry moved in mass into transistor amplifiers, LUXMAN recognised the ineffable beauty of the tube music reproduction. And we’ve continued to build tube components without interruption.
    While the CL-1000 salutes the past, it also embodies the best of today with a major step forward in sonic clarity: the transformer-assisted volume control Luxman call LECUTA (Luxman Electronically Controlled Ultimate Transformer Attenuator). In addition, super permalloy core output transformers contribute to a vivid sound stage. Covered in natural walnut with a rosewood gloss finish, the cabinet lends a touch of warmth and refinement. All told, the CL-1000 brings advanced technology and musical refinement together in harmony.

    Features

    Introducing the LECUTA transformer coupled attenuator
    Introducing the LECUTA transformer coupled attenuator The heart of any preamplifier is the volume control. If not executed properly, this key circuit element can cause left/right channel imbalances and introduce subtle but tangible distortions at low volume. For this reason, LUXMAN created their acclaimed LECUA attenuator system. Now we’ve refined the concept with LECUTA, the Luxman Electronically Controlled Ultimate Transformer Attenuator.
    The front panel volume control is actually a 34-step rotary switch that triggers 34 relays located totally outside the signal path. The relays activate 34 taps on matching left and right transformers. It is these taps that adjust the volume in carefully calibrated steps. Because transformer cores can influence sound quality, Luxman selected FINEMET® core material from Hitachi Metals, Ltd. This has a unique nanocrystal structure for high saturation flux density, high relative permeability and low core loss. So you’ll enjoy rich, detailed, uncompromising sound even at low volume.
    ※FINEMET is a registered trademark of Hitachi Metals, Ltd.

    Classic design
    In a design reminiscent of Luxman's classic C-1000, the front panel uses the latest precision machining to superpose three thick aluminium layers into one massive, anti-resonant assembly. The aluminium provides a graceful counterpoint to the cabinet, which Luxman cover in natural walnut with a rosewood gloss finish.

    Robust vibration countermeasures
    External vibration is the enemy of vacuum tube reproduction. For this reason, LUXMAN engineers built an extremely rigid box chassis reinforced by internal partitions. For added protection, brackets which hold circuit boards are isolated from the main chassis by special rubber dampers. The result is supple, nuanced music reproduction.

    Alloy terminals and cast iron feet
    No detail was too small for LUXMAN engineers to consider. The RCA input and output terminals consist of an alloy that combines the conductivity of copper with the durability of brass. Luxman also matched the massive, anti-resonant chassis to iron isolator feet. These feature a density gradient that diffuses shelf-borne vibration.

    JJ Electronic E88CC dual triode vacuum tubes
    Through countless hours of listening, LUXMAN evaluated the sonic characteristics of every circuit element. Luxman adopted two-stage P-K NF amplification. The balanced inputs incorporate super permalloy core transformers. Next, the attenuator driver amplifier achieves 6 dB of gain thanks to a JJ Electronic E88CC dual triode vacuum tube. Luxman selected the E88CC for superb reliability, extremely low noise, attractive dynamics and a densely detailed midrange. After LECUTA volume adjustment, the output stage incorporates a second E88CC and independent left/right super permalloy output transformers.
    Luxman couple the stages with their own oil capacitors, which greatly improve audio quality. And to minimise the potential degradation caused by resistors in the signal path, the Line Straight mode completely bypasses the tone controls. So audio reproduction is energetic, yet effortless.

    Vinyl playback with MM/MC phono preamp
    For exceptional analog reproduction, the CL-1000 accommodates both Moving Magnet and Moving Coil cartridges with an audiophile-grade phono preamplifier. Six-position switches on the rear panel enable you to optimise impedance and capacitance.

    Super permalloy input / output transformers
    Transformers can have a profound impact on vacuum tube sound quality. Luxman chose independent left and right output transformers with high-permeability super permalloy cores. And Luxman applied the same grade of transformers to the independent left and right balanced inputs. The result? Reproduction of outstanding musicality.

    Exceptionally stable power supply
    When the music reaches a dynamic climax, the power supply must be ready. That’s why Luxman incorporated a highly stable, extremely potent power supply. A large power transformer plus independent left- and right-channel filter capacitors provide immediate power. You get instant dynamic response, excellent left/right separation and high reliability.

    Articulator function
    Luxman's deep experience in signal path transformers has alerted us to a significant downside: residual magnetic fields in the cores. For this reason, the CL-1000 oscillates and demagnetises the transformer cores every time you turn the power on. For an even higher degree of sonic purity, you can perform manual demagnetisation using the Articulator switch.

    Custom Capacitors
    Because coupling capacitors influence the sound, Luxman use their own oil-impregnated capacitors originally developed for their MQ-300 vacuum tube amplifier. These help deliver rich, satisfying music reproduction. In addition, their original low-profile electrolytic capacitors can handle high current despite their small size.

    Technical Specifications

    Input
    Sensitivity
    LINE/BAL.LINE:
    180mV/1V out, 1kHz, load 50kΩ

    EXT-IN (PHONO):
    MM 100kΩ(38dB):2.2mV/1V out, 1kHz, load 50kΩ
    MM 50kΩ(38dB):2.2mV/1V out, 1kHz, load 50kΩ
    MM 33kΩ(38dB):2.2mV/1V out, 1kHz, load 50kΩ
    MC-H 1kΩ(57dB):0.26mV/1V out, 1kHz, load 50kΩ
    MC-M 40Ω(57dB):0.26mV/1V out, 1kHz, load 50kΩ
    MC-L 10Ω(66dB):87μV/1V out, 1kHz, load 50kΩ
    Input
    Impedance
    LINE:90kΩ/1kHz
    BAL.LINE:70 kΩ/1kHz
    EXT-IN (PHONO)
    MM:100kΩ, 50kΩ, 33kΩ
    MC:1kΩ, 40Ω, 10Ω
    Output
    Impedance
    LINE/BAL.LINE: 1kΩ/1kHz
    Frequency
    Response
    LINE/BAL.LINE:
    0.016%/1V output, 1kHz, load 50kΩ
    EXT-IN (PHONO)
    MM:0.3%/1V output, 1kHz, load 50kΩ
    MC(H, M):0.3%/1V out, 1kHz, load 50kΩ
    MC(L):0.5%/1V out, 1kHz, load 50kΩ
    S/N Ratio LINE/BAL.LINE:
    120dB (IHF-A)/dist. 1%, 1kHz, load 50kΩ
    EXT-IN (PHONO)
    MM:108dB (IHF-A)/dist. 1%, 1kHz, load 50kΩ
    MC(H, M):92dB (IHF-A)/dist. 1%, 1kHz, load 50kΩ
    MC(L):83dB (IHF-A)/dist. 1%, 1kHz, load 50kΩ
    Tone Control Max. amount of change:±8dB
    Bass turnover freq.:150Hz, 300Hz, 600Hz
    Treble turnover freq.:1.5kHz, 3kHz, 6kHz
    Low Cut 30Hz (-6dB/oct.)
    Circuiting
    System
    2-step amplification P-K NF type
    tone control P-G NF type
    phono equaliser NF type
    Vacuum Tube E88CC (man. by JJ Electronic) x6
    Power Supply 230V~(50 Hz)/115V~ (60 Hz)
    Power
    Consumption
    52 W
    Dimensions 460 (W) x 166 (H) x 454 (D) mm
    Net Weight 24.4kg (main unit)
    Accessories Power Cable

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