LuxmanCL-38uSE Special Edition Tube Preamp w/MM and MC PhonousedLuxman CL-38uSE Special Edition Tube Preamp w/MM and MC PhonoI bought this preamp new two months ago for a home test. It's a Luxman premium special edition (100 units) with really nice upgrades and build. Great MM/MC phono section, and it was awarded a Ste...3550.00

Luxman CL-38uSE Special Edition Tube Preamp w/MM and MC Phono [Expired]

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I bought this preamp new two months ago for a home test.  It's a Luxman premium special edition (100 units) with really nice upgrades and build.  Great MM/MC phono section, and it was awarded a Stereophile Class A rating.  It's super quiet, high resolution and very natural sounding.  I love its sound but decided to spend more and go back to a Shindo preamp to better fit my SET system.                                                                                                                                          
If you web search for this specific model you'll find much to read from owners on Steve Hoffman forum, What's Best forum, Audiogon forum, along with formal reviews from Art Dudley (stock version) and Ken Kessler (this SE version).                                                                                                               
I wrote to Luxman to find out the specific differences between the SE version and stock. Here is their reply:  

1. Tubes are premium and more reliable for SE 

2. SE uses oil condensers and stock uses film condensers.

3. SE has better S/N ratios and the phono gain is larger (MM +2dB, MC+5dB)

4. SE has smaller chassis (400mm width vs. 440mm).

And here is a full description from the web:

The CL-38uSE encapsulates the original design and features of the CL-35 control amplifier developed in 1970, updated and reconfigured in celebration of 90 years of high-end audio reproduction. LUXMAN’s R&D team have paid special attention to the tonal quality of this “Special Edition” with upgraded ECC803 and ECC802, Slovakia JJ Electronics Tubes for unbeatable silky-smooth expression. CL-38uSE is as “38 series tradition” shield chassis structure and housed in an attractive wooden cabinet. The classic SRPP (Shunt Regulated Push Pull ) amplifier configuration operates in anti-phase bringing extremely low output impedance throughout all gain stages and achieves a strong drivability to cope with the most awkward amplifier loads.

Equipped with a multi-function tone control and phono equalizer The CL-38uSE is equipped with four fully-fledged, MC cartridge step-up transformers LR independent / 2 stage gain independence and phono equalizer amplifier circuits, optimised for analogue record playback. A three-stage treble / bass tone control, enhances dynamic control to the listener’s taste. In addition, it is also equipped with a convenient switch for mono playback and low-cut switch to suppress unwanted low frequency vibrations from warped records. A simple aluminum remote control is supplied.

The proprietary design of the CL-38u SE includes a number of LUXMAN original custom made parts including the transformers and block capacitors. While a simplistic circuit configuration has been implemented into the tube amplifier circuits to ensure tonal purity, each individual component has been evaluated for sonic performance through repeated and extensive listening tests.



Input Sensitivity / Impedance

LINE: 190mV / 50kΩ

PHONO (MM): 2mV / 47kΩ,

PHONO (MC-H): 0.3mV / 100Ω, PHONO (MC-L): 0.08mV / 30Ω

Output Voltage / Impedance

1V RMS / 300Ω, 19V (max.)

Total Harmonic Distortion 0.006% (1kHz), 0.06% (20Hz - 20kHz)

Frequency Response

PHONO: 20Hz - 20kHz (+0, -0.5dB)

LINE: 10Hz - 70kHz (+0, -3.0dB)

S/N Ratio

LINE: 100dB

PHONO (MM): 70dB, PHONO (MC-H): 68dB, PHONO (MC-L): 65dB

Input LINE x 4, PHONO x 1

Tape Input / Output 1 set

Line Output 2 sets

Tone Control

Bass Turnover Frequency: 150Hz / 300Hz / 600Hz

Treble Turnover Frequency: 1.5kHz / 3kHz / 6kHz

Low Cut 30Hz (-6dB/oct)

Dimensions (W x H x D) 400 × 170× 307 (mm)

Net Weight 13.5kg                                                                                                                                                               
All original packing, manual, and the remote is still wrapped and new.                                                 

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