Luxman unveils £7000 L-590AXII integrated amp

The L-590AXII benefits from Class A amplification and the fourth-generation of the company’s Only Distortion Negative Feedback (ODNF) circuit. This is claimed to limit feedback to distortion components only, resulting in an enhanced signal-to-noise performance.

The preamp section of the amplifier has a power output of 30W per channel into eight ohms and doubles to 60W into four ohms, while a high-inertia power supply circuit and low-impedance signal transmission design aim to optimise signal paths for improved sound quality.

Bass and treble tone controls, a “loudness” control and a “line straight” button that bypasses the tone controls for the balanced input are all standard features.

Connections include four single-ended RCA and two balanced XLR inputs, alongside a switchable phono input. You’ll also find a high-quality headphone output and two sets of speaker binding posts. There are additional connections for an external preamp and integrated system control.

In classic Luxman style, there are two illuminated VU meters on the front to indicate signal level. This is proper old-school hi-fi, and harks back to Luxman's first stereo amplifier, the valve-based SQ5A released in 1961.

The Luxman L-590AXII integrated amplifier will be available from January 2016 for £6995.

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Max is a staff writer for What Hi-Fi?'s sister site, TechRadar, in Australia. But being the wonderful English guy he is, he helps out with content across a number of Future sites, including What Hi-Fi?. It wouldn't be his first exposure to the world of all things hi-fi and home cinema, as his first role in technology journalism was with What Hi-Fi? in the UK. Clearly he pined to return after making the move to Australia and the team have welcomed him back with arms wide open.