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Old 02-05-2022, 09:33 PM
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Old 02-06-2022, 11:03 AM
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Luxman makes some absolutely wonderful SACD / DAC players. We just upgraded (EMM Labs) so we sold our Luxman D-08u. It was a great player - so analogue sounding. Solid build quality. They are a great investment IMO.


Joe, what was your experience with the DAC section of the D-08u? Thanks!
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Joe, what was your experience with the DAC section of the D-08u? Thanks!
I found the DAC to be very analogue sounding. It was excellent for its price range.

The only thing I didnít like about the 08u was itís cheap CD drawer. This has been corrected in the 10Ö This said, I never encountered any problems with what I considered a cheaper drawer.

Overall Luxman makes some fabulous DACs and SACD players. The 10 costs less than the 8. So, the 10 is an upgrade in every way. Even itís DAC is better.
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Old 02-06-2022, 04:17 PM
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I found the DAC to be very analogue sounding. It was excellent for its price range.

The only thing I didnít like about the 08u was itís cheap CD drawer. This has been corrected in the 10Ö This said, I never encountered any problems with what I considered a cheaper drawer.

Overall Luxman makes some fabulous DACs and SACD players. The 10 costs less than the 8. So, the 10 is an upgrade in every way. Even itís DAC is better.
Indeed I read from users that the DAC section in the D-10X is performing pretty well. I was wondering about the D-08 but didn't realise that the D-10 costs less... thanks for your input

I'm actually looking at different angles in my quest for upgrading my DAC, this could be an option... or a Meitner... or a Lampi
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Indeed I read from users that the DAC section in the D-10X is performing pretty well. I was wondering about the D-08 but didn't realise that the D-10 costs less... thanks for your input

I'm actually looking at different angles in my quest for upgrading my DAC, this could be an option... or a Meitner... or a Lampi

Nice options!

I read very positive things about the Meitner (Joel Chevassus).

https://audiophile-magazine.com/audi...decembre-2021/
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Indeed I read from users that the DAC section in the D-10X is performing pretty well. I was wondering about the D-08 but didn't realise that the D-10 costs less... thanks for your input

I'm actually looking at different angles in my quest for upgrading my DAC, this could be an option... or a Meitner... or a Lampi
If I'm not mistaken, the D-08u was originally $20K in the US. When Luxman took over US distribution, they reduced the price of this unit to $15K. So it depends on your point of reference. Based on the last D-08u price, the D-10X is priced above the D-08u.
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I read very positive things about the Meitner (Joel Chevassus).

https://audiophile-magazine.com/audi...decembre-2021/
Bart, thanks for the link Also heard through a common acquaintance that Joel Chevassus believed the Meitner was one of the finest DACs he reviewed.
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If I'm not mistaken, the D-08u was originally $20K in the US. When Luxman took over US distribution, they reduced the price of this unit to $15K. So it depends on your point of reference. Based on the last D-08u price, the D-10X is priced above the D-08u.
Yes ok thanks for the clarification, makes sense
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Indeed I read from users that the DAC section in the D-10X is performing pretty well. I was wondering about the D-08 but didn't realise that the D-10 costs less... thanks for your input

I'm actually looking at different angles in my quest for upgrading my DAC, this could be an option... or a Meitner... or a Lampi

IMO, the Luxman isnít on the same level as EMM or Lampi.
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If I'm not mistaken, the D-08u was originally $20K in the US. When Luxman took over US distribution, they reduced the price of this unit to $15K. So it depends on your point of reference. Based on the last D-08u price, the D-10X is priced above the D-08u.

My 08 listed for 22k when I purchased it. The 10 listed for 16.5 when I checked it out. So those are my points of reference.
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