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Re: Luxman P-1

It's 150 dollars for shipping!

Shipped to my door would be 1500.
And worth every penny. TTVJ is selling the P-1 for over 2 grand, to give you an idea the value Audio Cubes II is offering.

Well for starters, it's nothing like a Millet Max, of which I've heard one derivative which was pretty decent and had a lot of value for the price.

Keeping in mind that I have not heard the B22 or GS-X, the P-1 is the best dynamic, solid-state I've ever heard. I do prefer a few tube amps to it, but I'm a tube guy at heart so the inherit differences are primarily what put the Luxman slightly under the others for me. The Luxman is fairly warm for a solid-state; I'm finding that the higher up I've scaled in amplifiers tubes become colder, more lushful and solid-state seems to become warmer. This is totally based off my experience and might be a coincidence, but it's what I've noticed nonetheless.

As I recall, the exact rig I heard was Meridian G08 + Luxman + Grado GS1000/Grado RS-1/Sennheiser HD580 (my own pair). The 580 sounded just as good, if not better, with this rig than it did with my own setup - better low end, smoother presentation, spot-on accuracy, and still had some warmth to the overall sound which I felt was very nice. The GS1000 did not sound as good with the Luxman as it did with the TTVJ 307A, which I heard the very same day in the very same room. Bass was just a little less defined, punchy, but overall a very excellent and engaging sound. RS-1 was a new model, buttonless, just like yours. I felt that it sounded as it really always was meant to, smoother than an SR225 but no slouch with rock (we had some classical rock song on during my listening). As you can tell, the 580 was the real measure for me as I know the headphone rather well in comparison to the Grado's. I'm quite sure you will not be disappointed .

A few setbacks on the Luxman:

- Requires power conversion down to 100V, even from 120V apparently. It's included with the amp, but anything extra as far as power goes is always a pain in my book.

- Three 1/4th outputs. It just makes very little sense to have multiple headphone outputs on the front. Unless you're using the same three headphones, volume level will be inconsistent across the outputs. It seems like a relatively pointless, albeit unique, feature.

- No balanced input/output. For the price, it's really on the edge of where I think it ought to have been included for the money you are paying. Then again, I paid exactly the same price for my Moth which remains single-ended, but I do have speaker posts. I'm not a huge balanced fan, but it's something to think about regardless.

I dunno, for the price, the Luxman is top-notch in looks and sound, 110% in the latter field. If I was buying another headphone amp just for the hell of it, I'd be looking at the Luxman. Not much more of recommendation I can give to it beyond that last statement I think.

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Give me the weekend and Hellscream's max will be even better The final hardware just came in and I would have had it done today, but I had to take my car into the shop for an emergency 'inspection' then make several calls to find the parts I needed as they were backordered. Thus a trip to Buffalo tomorrow morning is in order then another trip to the shop on Monday. But everything is here (finally... only took a few months )
heh heh, ill be going to give it a listen at some point, he only lives like 30 min from me
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So what do you guys think about the EH250?
I got it today, and it's awesome
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I'm happy that I can be content for now with my setup lol. Reading all these posts from you guys about b22's and luxman makes me cower in fear of upgrading.
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I'm happy that I can be content for now with my setup lol. Reading all these posts from you guys about b22's and luxman makes me cower in fear of upgrading.
Yo post pics of yo' rig. Now .
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What do you guys think of the AKG K701s?
Im thinking about selling my ATH-A900s and getting these.
Would it be wise to invest in amp for it? Right now i have an amp, but its a TCA gizmo which is strictly for speakers. I have a DAC as well, the Denon DA-500 (Thanks to aura for the suggestion) and the headphone amp would be connected via optical?

Would it be possible to connect a tube headphone amp to the Denon DAC via Optical OR Coaxial?
I guess it depends on the AMP, but are there any decent ones that connect via these connections?
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Here is my ghetto set up lol. I didn't bother using heat shrink on the wires because I only used crappy walmart solder that is like 97% tin and 3% silver. It probably doesn't matter since I'm just using the stock cable and my source/amp are not top of the line anyways. I wrapped some electrical tape around the wires inside the connectors just so the strain relief part would be able to grip them.

The sound is very good though. Everything is crystal clear and very tight. I was listening to a Barry White song the other day and I could hear slight static/distortion around his voice just from how they recorded it. At first I thought maybe one of the amps wasn't accurate enough to run balanced but then I listened to "Smooth Operator" by Sade and it was perfect. I could hear the echo of the guitar in the room on some Who songs too. You can hear everything(and I mean everything) when listening to Dream Theater now too. Even when the bass+guitar+keyboard+drums are all going nuts.

Its working well running balanced especially considering the price. Its less than half the cost of most lower end balanced amps I've seen. I just used 2 of http://store.customcableconnection.com/44-160.html to connect the dac to the amps. When using balanced they should have enough power to run the K1000's. I would like to get a set of those or the HD800's if I can find either for lower than $1k.

Edit: NoName I'm pretty sure you just have to use rca/xlr/trs cables from dac-->stand alone amp.
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Looks excellent Matt, props on the unique rig .
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What do you guys think of the AKG K701s?
Im thinking about selling my ATH-A900s and getting these.
Would it be wise to invest in amp for it? Right now i have an amp, but its a TCA gizmo which is strictly for speakers. I have a DAC as well, the Denon DA-500 (Thanks to aura for the suggestion) and the headphone amp would be connected via optical?

Would it be possible to connect a tube headphone amp to the Denon DAC via Optical OR Coaxial?
I guess it depends on the AMP, but are there any decent ones that connect via these connections?
The heaphone amp connects via the analog out, not the digital connections.
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Aura I have been meaning to ask if you(or anyone else on here) know of a nice cheap cd player or something with digital output. I can bring my stuff to the Champaign meet but I use flac + mp3 files from my pc and it is too big to carry around. If the meet goes through, I gotta buy something with digital output and a couple trs->xlr adapters just to test other headphones on my rig. I'm hoping someone there has balanced 650's and a 2 xlr ended K1000.

It would only be for the meet so I don't need something very nice. Just looking for something cheap that will get the job done.
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