The NeoClassico design harks back to Luxman’s long tradition of producing superbly musical vacuum tube amplifiers. Connect your iPod and/or your record player. The SQ-N100 is remarkably compact and can easily be used in an office, den, bedroom. Remote Control included.

In 1961 Lux produced the SQ-5A, one of the earliest stereo integrated amplifiers. The SQ-5A proved a hit because of its unique design incorporating a metre and also because of the high-quality sound it delivers. It featured the Lux’s unique tone control circuit, still found in current models.

When Luxman set out to design their compact EL-84 based vacuum tube integrated amplifier, they painstakingly researched every detail and individual component until each stage of the amplifier and preamplifier was created without compromise. With each design consideration came extensive listening sessions to be certain that the end result was one of the most musically satisfying integrated amps on the market. Only then did they feel that the SQ-N100 was ready to carry forward Luxman’s tradition of building audio products that marry function and form in a beautiful package.

The amplifier section uses two Russian EL84 vacuum tubes per channel, these small power pentode tubes are remarkably fast and lively and yet sound clear and articulate. The EL84 output pentode was classically used in the Mullard 10W Class A high quality audio amplifiers of the 1950s and 1960s. A Grill is provided to stop small children from burning their fingers. The amplifier will run cooler without it however and the output tubes will last longer.

Tone Controls

The tone controls might seem like an anachronism in this day and age of minimalism, but they can be remarkably effective in bring to life a less than perfect music collection. We all have music gems in our collection that are sonically challenging. A lot of the 1980s CDs are quite harsh sounding and the digital glare can be quite fatiguing. Reduce the treble slightly and it will now be perfectly listenable. Sit back relax, enjoy the music and forget about the hi-fi. When you want to bypass the tone controls, just engage the Line Straight switch.

Phono and Headphone Amplifiers

Enjoy the ability to play or record your LP collection with the built-in phono stage which accommodates Moving Magnet cartridges. If you would like to use a Moving Coil cartridge, you might consider using the MT-88 step up transformer. There is also a high quality headphone amplifier, accessible from the front panel.

Automatic Bias

With automatic bias on the output tubes, there is nothing to do just install the EL84 tubes and the amplifier will take care of the rest. It truly is fit and forget.

Item Value
Continuous power output 12W + 12W (6 Ohms)
10W + 10W (8 Ohms, 4 Ohms)
Input Sensitivity Line 150mV, Phono (MM) 2.2mV
Input Impedance 47 kOhms
Total Harmonic distortion rate 0.3% or less (1kHz/6Ohms)
Frequency Response 20Hz – 50kHz (-3dB)
S/N Ration 90dB or more
Vacuum Tube Used ECC83 x 1, ECC82 x 2, EL84 x 4
Power Consumption 95W (Electrical Appliance and Material Safety Law)
71W (under no signal)
Outside Dimension 297mm (W) x 162mm (H) x 210mm (D)
(258mm: connections / controls included)
Weight 11.5kg

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Press Reviews

“Even before switching them on, there’s that whiff of satisfaction that only comes with the handling of a well crafted object… Dispel any notion that the limited power might mean an amp working so hard that something’s gotta give. ..It managed to convey much of the mass and dimensional scale of Led Zepplin – the remastered live material on the new edition of The Song Remains The Same.”

Ken Kessler, HiFi News & Record Review (UK) May 2008 (SQ-N100)

“The SQ-N100 has low power but not only does that go with the turf, it’s higher than standard 300B SETs and leaves 45 and 2A3 SETs completely in the dust. It also flaunts a very long-lived famous brand name going back to 1925. Inspecting the machine without knowing any of this history communicates exceptional build quality without fail. The finish, the compact 25lbs mass, the feel and operation of the controls – it’s all top drawer…The sound was positively huge and very clear, indicating low phase errors and good speed. The treble was very extended if not outright brilliant, the bass firm and lithe rather than fat and massive, the vocal band richly textured but capable of edge if required.”

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