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Old 12-19-2019, 05:24 PM
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Thumbs up The Luxman CL-1000

My local dealer Audio Video Therapy just received the new Luxman CL-1000 preamp. It was hooked up to the MQ-300 tube amp. He used the 10K floor standing Paradigm Persona . It's rated at 92db. The preamp had an excellent smooth and dynamic sound. The recordings that were streamed had no digital harshness. More like a quality tape or music from a high end TT. The fit and finish is impeccable. This is one preamp that belongs w/other preamps as one of the best audio products available.
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Old 12-19-2019, 05:50 PM
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Luxman38.......Good looking preamplifier.


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Old 12-19-2019, 06:02 PM
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I really like the retro styling.
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Old 12-19-2019, 09:03 PM
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A friend has the predecessor C-1000. Looks very much the same, but solid-state. He said he would sell it for 1/4 the cost of the tube model.
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Old 12-20-2019, 08:02 AM
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Luxman38,

I will be at AVT on Sunday. John wants to hear my Gato monos paired with the CL-1000. Maybe I will see you there!

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Old 12-21-2019, 01:56 AM
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I will be at AVT on Sunday. John wants to hear my Gato monos paired with the CL-1000. Maybe I will see you there!

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I'm working that day. Have fun w/the demo. You may want to try it w/the Spendor Classic. Build is similar to your Harbeth 40.2's. Also remind John to warm up the Luxman. I found after 1/2 hour in the Preamp opened up. It's new and w/tubes it needs some break-in.
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Old 12-23-2019, 08:23 AM
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Default That was fun!

Yesterday, I spent some time with the CL-1000 paired with my Gato PWR-222 mono blocks.

We started out with the Spendor speakers but they did not have anywhere close to the sonic signature of my Harbeth 40.2 Anniversary speakers. Instead, we tried the Sonner Audio Legato Duo - they worked much better.

No doubt, this the best pre-amp Luxman has every made. Incredible detail with layers and layers of music! I truly love the combination of tube pre with SS amplification.

As some have mentioned, there is no remote but there is a SS phono stage. I was offered to take it home for a few days but I will have little time to try it this week. At $20,000 this preamp should be good!

At this point, its little brother CL-38u SE will keep me happy. Not sure if I can justify any extravagant expenditures for a while.











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