Issue 113

Cover Story

American Muscle:
Two Great Tube Power Amps from BAT and ARC


Old School: McIntosh MC3500 Power Amplifier
by Ken Kessler

1095: LSA 0.5 Phono

The Audiophile Apartment: The Parasound P 6 Preamplifier

Journeyman Audiophile: Luxman’s New L-507Z Integrated

Headphone Arts:  Dekoni Ear Pads

Short Take: Pro-Ject RCM

Mine: It Should Be Yours

Future Tense: Gear in our immediate future


Audience Front Row Cables – By Kevin Wolff
Pass XP-27 Phonostage – By Laurence Devoe
On With The Show! A quick recap on The Pacific Audio Fest
By Greg Weaver/photos by Greg W and Angela Cardas


Playlists:  We share our readers choices from around the world
Setlist:  Todd Cooperider sees Eric Clapton

The Luxman L-507Z Integrated Amplifier

The Luxman L-507Z integrated amplifier marks the beginning of an entirely new “Z”series of amplifiers.

In typical Luxman fashion, they have borrowed heavily on tech from their flagship separates. Their website says, “The L-507z joins Luxman’s integrated amplifier range with numerous advances and features our newly designed “LIFES1.0” distortion canceling feedback engine. “LIFES” is a significant evolution from “ODNF” circuitry, which has long been a key advantage of Luxman amplifiers since its 2010 introduction in our X-series. The robust L-507z marks the beginning of Z-Series, all being developed to include this latest “LIFES” high-quality amplification system, a core technology also shared with our new flagship M-10x stereo/mono power amplifier.”

Bottom line, this amplifier sounds fantastic, and with 110 Watts per channel (into 8 ohms) can drive nearly any speakers with ease. We’ve got a full review on the way shortly but suffice to say that Luxman excels at delivering the quality of separates in a single box. If you want world class sound without needing a rack full of gear, this is the way to go. In addition to the rest of the amplifier updates, the MM/MC phono section is also improved.

A nod to personal audio enthusiasts, the front panel is now equipped with a standard 6.3mm stereo headphone(s) jack and a new 4.4mm “Pentaconn” type. This stereo 4.4mm connection makes “quasi-balanced”, connection possible, featuring separate left and right channel ground returns.. Even the famous output meters now offer a red, LED readout in the center to indicate volume level. All of these subtle changes make for a major upgrade. The507z is the perfect anchor to a high-quality music system.