"L" is for Lover
Do you remember the title of Al Jarreau's '86 hit album? One could hardly describe Luxman's relationship to their profession more beautifully and accurately, as the stylized "L"-logo of the Japanese manufacturer has always stood for the audiophile love and passion of the oldest hi-fi manufacturer in the world. This is all the more true when it comes to tube amps that are based on famous models from Luxman's rich history of highlights.
STEREO had recently tested some of them and fell in love every time. Whether it was the LX-380 integrated amplifier or the CL-38uC/MQ-88uC preamplifier/power amplifier combination – they were always highly musical, extremely finely crafted treasures that appealed to many senses at the same time and that must already be counted among the timeless classics.
Recently, the Japanese surprised with their retro double "Neo Classico", which is sure to delight every hi-fi fan. These are two silver-coloured devices in a compact midi format of just 30 centimetres in width; namely the SQ-N150 tube amplifier and the combined CD player/DAC D-N150.
What may at first look a bit like toys in the style of a refined to the last detail model railway –especially due to their modest dimensions including the almost cute, miniaturised controls – are in fact ambitious components designed and manufactured with practically no compromises compared to their big brothers, which is also underlined by their prices of 3490 and 2990 Euros respectively.