LUXMAN C-700u / M-700u

MJ13.03.2015

Preamplifiers

To conclude I can only reconfirm that Luxman have made a quantum leap with the new generation models. The difference between its top amplifiers is rather the one in sonic character – the M-900u is closer to the previous Luxman’s class A sound, the M-700u is closer to class AB, irrespective that both are actually class AB amps. Yet both represent great value for money and a hot tip of the season.

Funkce a forma

98%
Ergonomie
78%
Zvuk
100%
Zpracování

Unlike the C-900u that paid no attention whether you included the tone controls in the signal path or not, the C-700u performed better in LINE STRAIGHT (that is with the tone controls excluded at all). The difference is not profound and does not relate to any frequency lifts or changes – without LINE STRAIGHT the Luxman C-700u sounds just great. I felt the difference in the subjective region, as if the music was less coherent when the tone controls circuit kicked in. In LINE STRAIGHT there was higher sense of cohesiveness and unity. Yet I could detect it only on some selected recordings.

Still, should I point out the most important changes versus the previous generation - C-600f and M-600A – I would turn your attention to the newest LECUA 1000 attenuator that works even finer (the number of steps increasing from 72 to 88) so it gives analogue feel.

Nízké frekvence

Váha
87
Výbušnost
85
Artikulace
85

The 700-u line continues in the Luxman’s tradition of ‘afterglow’, the fine delicacy in drawing of decays and ambient clues. The amps can beautifully reconstruct recording studio reverbs and that projects back into the playback as an enhanced sense of be-there, moving your listening chair a few steps closer to the studio. Thus the Herbie Hancock’s phenomenal Killer Bees (B&W Music) not only featured laser-sharp transient attacks but it added very solid fundamentals with sound and endless decays, so perfectly delineated that they were not covered even by the whole ensemble playing. As the result the full and rich sound of the piano could have been tracked through entire song with ease. Add the double-bass induced goose bumps and you have another stellar performance from Luxman.

Čistota rozlišení

Detail
92
Vzduch
86
Transparentnost
86

In stereo the 700’s were to my ears a bit more analytical than 900’s. Their sound is less saturated so the sound has more light in it a spectrally prefers instrumental transients to fundamentals. The C-900u/M-900u combo was more organic, richer and complex. I believe that the C-700u/M-700u should be a great partner wherever extra light is required – like with some silk dome speakers that usually roll out pretty soon in top octave.

Tonální věrnost

Témbr
83
Dynamika
80
Časování
82

It surprised me how good were the Luxmans with hard hitting dance electronica. Front Line Assembly’s single Shifting Through The Lens is industrial mayhem with deep pumping beat and whirlwind of tormented electronic circuits and it was great through the C-700u and M-700u. Though not really synthesized, the duo of acoustic guitars of Rodrigo y Gabriela (11:11) is not less punishing. Have I hardly ever heard the guitars to be so present in my listening room – this the living evidence of why spending a lot of money on high end stuff becomes so easy. The sound was so precise and pristine from the necks of both guitars down to their holes as if your ears were tracking the strings instead of a microphone. The details of fingers or guitar picks were absolutely stunning.

Prostorovost

Trojrozměrnost
87
Šířka scény
89
Hloubka scény
89

The progress that the new “M” line of Luxman have made is apparent even within its own catalogue. As much as I liked the sound of the Luxman L-550AX integrated I have to admit that the amplifier separates are in a totally different league. The direct comparison shows superiority of the C-700u and M-700u: the soundstage explodes laterally and in depth, microdynamics are supercharged and artists regain their passion. If you are a Luxman’s devotee plus budget short you should consider not to audition the newcomers otherwise you risk sleepless nights.

Cena v době recenze:219 000,- Kč

Doporučení prodejci

HTP s.r.o., tel: +420 606 642 175

PP HiFi Otrokovice, tel. +420 603 581 305

Nisel SK, Bratislava, tel. +421 905 203 078

Připojené komponenty

  • Sources: Luxman D-05, Luxman DAC DA-06
  • Amplifiers: Luxman C-700u, Luxman M-700u, Accuphase E-600
  • Interconnects and speaker cables: Atohm ZEF max
  • Loudspeakers: Revel Ultima Studio2

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Doporučení prodejci

HTP s.r.o., tel: +420 606 642 175

PP HiFi Otrokovice, tel. +420 603 581 305

Nisel SK, Bratislava, tel. +421 905 203 078

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Doporučení prodejci

HTP s.r.o., tel: +420 606 642 175

PP HiFi Otrokovice, tel. +420 603 581 305

Nisel SK, Bratislava, tel. +421 905 203 078

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