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PD-171 turntable

It has been 30 years since Luxman last introduced its PD-350 turntable in 1983.  Turntable development only started again in 2007 to try and improve on the sonic performance of the PD-350; only when Luxman's engineers were satisfied with the sonic perfromance achieved by the PD-171 was the new turntable released .

 

"The music blossomed into the room with stunning presence and lifelike scale. This was luxurious sound with a beautiful sense of space, natural attacks, and long, lovely decays."   — Stephen Mejias, Stereophile, CAS 2011


The Luxman PD-171 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.

 

"Blue Note Records classics such as Wayne Shorter’s Speak No Evil, remastered on a 45 rpm LP, rendered Shorter’s tenor sax with body, timbre, and explosive dynamics that placed the horn right in the room. Bach’s Art of the Fugue, performed on organ by Charles Krigbaum and pressed on a rare 45 rpm Mark Levinson LP from 1976, plumbed the depths; one could feel the pipes moving the air in a large, reverberant hall"
Blue Note Records classics such as Wayne Shorter’s Speak No Evil, remastered on a 45 rpm LP, rendered Shorter’s tenor sax with body, timbre, and explosive dynamics that placed the horn right in the room. Bach’s Art of the Fugue, performed on organ by Charles Krigbaum and pressed on a rare 45 rpm Mark Levinson LP from 1976, plumbed the depths; one could feel the pipes moving the air in a large, reverberant hall - See more at: http://robbreport.com/paid-issue/home-entertainment-modern-sound-midcentury-vibe#sthash.dvk1pHgU.dpuf
Blue Note Records classics such as Wayne Shorter’s Speak No Evil, remastered on a 45 rpm LP, rendered Shorter’s tenor sax with body, timbre, and explosive dynamics that placed the horn right in the room. Bach’s Art of the Fugue, performed on organ by Charles Krigbaum and pressed on a rare 45 rpm Mark Levinson LP from 1976, plumbed the depths; one could feel the pipes moving the air in a large, reverberant hall - See more at: http://robbreport.com/paid-issue/home-entertainment-modern-sound-midcentury-vibe#sthash.dvk1pHgU.dpuf

Robert Ross, The Robb Report, click here to read the full review.

 

Blue Note Records classics such as Wayne Shorter’s Speak No Evil, remastered on a 45 rpm LP, rendered Shorter’s tenor sax with body, timbre, and explosive dynamics that placed the horn right in the room. Bach’s Art of the Fugue, performed on organ by Charles Krigbaum and pressed on a rare 45 rpm Mark Levinson LP from 1976, plumbed the depths; one could feel the pipes moving the air in a large, reverberant hall. - See more at: http://robbreport.com/paid-issue/home-entertainment-modern-sound-midcentury-vibe#sthash.dvk1pHgU.dpuf

 

Features:

    • 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.


 

 

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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.

 

 

 

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Right in front of the platter is the strobescope 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.

/images/product_categories/PD171_cover_small.jpgDetachable 4mm acrylic dust cover is on hinges, but for best sound quality, we recommend removing the dust cover completely during playback.

 

 

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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.

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" The Luxman PD-171 establishes such a high standard for the sound quality that can be had at this price point, it's bound to make many of us recalibrate our expectations and budget for a turntable purchase. You can save your pennies, but who wants to listen to pennies? My new plan of action is to make sure I'm listening to records right now, and not pining for some lottery win turntable, but to also steadily work for the vast improvement that the next level can produce. If you're ready to reach that destination right now by purchasing a Luxman PD-171/Brinkmann Pi combination right now, I think you'll be very pleased, indeed. Highly recommended. "


Dean Sieslove, Positive Feedback, click here for the full review

 

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.

 

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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.

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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.

Features

 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 handy LED reflected stroboscope for more accurate speed adjustment and
confirmation.
 Milled aluminum platter of 0.7tcm²super high inertia
 Chassis built from 15mm aluminum panels with floating sub-chassis to eliminate structural and airborne vibration
 AC inlet on back plate to accommodate detachable mains cables
 Wooden plinth adding a touch of luxury
 Non-resonant universal headshell made of aluminum magnesium alloy
 Detachable OFC 5-pin DIN → RCA phono cable
 Detachable 4mm acrylic dust cover.

 

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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.

 

Specifications:
Drive Mechanism: Belt drive, reactive type synchronous AC motor
Electronics High precision oscillator amplifier
Platter Diamond cut aluminum
Platter Weight 5.0kg (11 lbs)
Rotation Speed 33 1/3 rpm, 45 rpm switchable (±4% adjustment)
Wow & flutter: <0.04%

Tone-arm: Static balance with S-shape arm tube
Bearing: Ball races
Effective Length:   9"
Overhang:..15mm                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Cartridge compatibility: 4 ~ 12g mass
Tracking error: ±1.9°~ -1.1 °
Range of height adjustment (VTA): 39 to 60mm
 

/images/product_categories/PD171_handles_small.jpg As the platter is recessed into the plinth, handles are provided that screw into the platter to allow removal.


Dimensions (W x H x D): 465mm x 195mm
(including top cover) x 390mm                                                   
(including hardware on back plate)
Weight: 23.0kg (51 lbs.)
Accessories:
Polarized AC power cable, dust cover, stylus light, headshell, pulley
cover, drive belt, EP adapter, turntable mat, turntable installation handle
* Note: Cartridge not included

 

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You might consider running the PD-171 with its matching integrated amplifier, the SQ-30u, click here to be redirected.

 



 
 
 

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