Luxman’s D-05, MQ-88, & C-600f

By John Marks

John Marks had high praise in the April Stereophile for the Luxman C-600f (preamp), D-05 (SACD player) and the MQ-88 (tube-amp) – they were all entered into Stereophile’s Class A Recommended Components Buyer’s Guide.


“Luxman’s D-05 stereo SACD/CD player is built like a tank. It is listenable and sophisticated, a mite tubey and euphonic, and a real thoroughbred when playing SACDs. Luxman’s D-05 should be on your shopping list, especially if you have a large collection of SACDs and/or are serious about computer audio. Highly recommended.”

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“Two things stood out about the MQ-88′s sound. First, it sounded much more powerful than a 40W pc amp, most visitors guessed it was 65W pc or more. The MQ-88′s ability to fill the room with the sound of a pipe organ or orchestra was as surprising as it was satisfying, and underlined once again that the rated number of watts is only half the story. The MQ-88 had oomph in spades, by any measure. The MQ-88 is about enjoying the vacuum tube experience in the most fuss-free way possible- its glory is in its delectable mid-range.”

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“The C-600f’s sound with the MQ-88 was transparent and open, with a wonderful balance of detail and warmth. Had I been told that the C-600f was full of priceless New Old Stock tubes, nothing I heard would have made me suspect I was being fooled. I enjoyed my time with it immensely.”

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by Philip O'Hanlon

Music Evangelist and Master of Musical Enjoyment—Philip spends his time looking for fine music, tuning up synergistic electronic components to get the best sound, and making music compilations so he can share his listening journey and experiences with friends and acquaintances.

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