It has been 30 years since Luxman last introduced its PD-350 turntable in 1983. Turntable development only started again in 2007 to try to improve on the sonic performance of the PD-350—only when Luxman’s engineers were satisfied with the sonic performance achieved by the PD-171 was the new turntable released.
The Luxman PD-171 turntable is the powerful heart of any analog playback system. Its high output electronics offer impressive dynamics and resolution. A high torque synchronous AC motor drives a high inertia platter via a synthetic belt for smooth, seamless playback. The precision-machined spindle rests on a wide Teflon bearing to ensure frictionless rotation. The PD-171’s statically balanced custom Luxman tonearm glides smoothly on ball bearings for stable and reliable sound. The universal headshell allows easy cartridge replacement, and a detachable stylus light unobtrusively enhances visibility in a mood-lit room.
The PD-171 embodies Luxman’s long-standing philosophy: to utilize the most advanced technology through a conventional medium for unrivaled audio performance. The PD-171 reproduces any powerful musical achievement captured onto vinyl with the airiness and warmth that demanding analog enthusiasts have come to expect.
- Electronic circuit based on high output audio amplifier with built-in high precision 32 bit MICON signal generator
- Belt driven high torque synchronous AC motor
- Equipped with a LED reflected stroboscope for more accurate speed adjustment and confirmation
- Milled aluminum platter of 0.7tcm² super high inertia
- Chassis built from 5/8″ aluminum panels with floating sub-chassis to eliminate structural and airborne vibration
- Belt-drive Turntable
- AC inlet on back plate to accommodate detachable mains cables
- Wooden plinth adds a touch of luxury
- Non-resonant universal headshell made of aluminum-magnesium alloy
- Detachable OFC 5-pin DIN → RCA phono cable
- Detachable 4mm thick acrylic dust cover
The LED light on the LHS of the platter is detachable. No more fumbling in the dark trying to locate track # 2. The lamp is a soft orange and is very effective at showing where the tracks are located.
Right in front of the platter is the stroboscope window – speed adjustment is on the RHS of the stroboscope window. When you look into the window, you are actually looking at a mirror, which shows you the numbers 33 or 45 printed underneath the platter. on the outer diameter. When the speed is correct the numbers are static. Simple but extremely effective.
Detachable 4mm acrylic dust cover is on hinges, but for best sound quality, we recommend removing the dust cover completely during playback.
The aluminum top plate is 15mm thick (almost 5/8″). Both the tonearm cable & AC power cord are detachable, allowing an easy path to upgrade.
Forming the vital part of an analogue playback system the PD-171 employs a high output oscillator circuitry coupled to a high precision, high torque synchronous AC motor that drives a high inertia platter via a synthetic belt for stable rotation.
The precision machined spindle rests on a Teflon bearing of large diameter to ensure frictionless rotation. The solid aluminum platter is recessed into the top plate to lower the center of gravity. Handles are provided to remove the platter, if it ever needs to be shipped.
The detachable headshell, allows one to swap cartridges and simply dial in the new tracking weight. Stereo & Mono cartridges of the same model / manufacturer can of course be swapped out in a minute or two. An optional heavier counterweight is available for use with the Ortofon SPU cartridge / headshell.
High quality, oxygen free Luxman phono DIN to RCA cable, is supplied with a strain relief under the plinth. It is however detachable, in case you prefer to use another brand of phono cable.