Luxman L-550AX versus Luxman L-590AX

FAQs | Applies to: Luxman L-590AX Pure Class A Integrated Amp in excellent condition (8 out of 10), Luxman L-550AX Pure Class A Integrated Amp


Luxman L-550AX front view

I'm interested in purchasing an integrated amplifier. What are the key differences between the Luxman L-550AX and the Luxman L-590AX?


Answer:

The L-590AX is a fully balanced design, while the L-550AX is a single-ended design. Balanced is normally quieter.

  • The L-590AX has two balanced inputs instead of one in the L-550AX.
  • The L-590AX has a slightly nicer chassis than the L-550AX, but the money has gone into the actual electronics, not a prettier box. Its almost 10 lbs heavier as a result.
  • Output power is increased by 50% and is sufficient to drive Vivid Audio GIYA G3, Wilson Sasha or Alexia.
  • Sonically the L-590AX is dramatically more refined than the L-550AX form the point of view of tonal color, texture. The L-590AX is quieter, more dynamic & more resolute. The soundstage is wider, deeper and more three-dimensional.

During casual conversation with dealers, many have offered up, unsolicited, that if they left the industry, they would buy an L-590AX for themselves and not bother upgrading going forward.

The L590AX is truly High End at an affordable price.

In Music,
Philip O'Hanlon

Applies to: Luxman L-590AX Pure Class A Integrated Amp in excellent condition (8 out of 10), Luxman L-550AX Pure Class A Integrated Amp

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.