Luxman C-120A

Luxman C-120A Mark II

1 9 8 0 1980
1 9 8 2 1982

Smaller siblings of the C-300.
Much smaller - in fact it can be seen as preview of the later C-02 (same specs), with the C-05 continuing where the C-300 left off.


Circuit-wise, this is all traditional Luxman : two Duo-ßeta loops (flat amp and EQ amp), FET differential inputs with cascode bootstrap, Class A SEPP low impedance output stage, constant voltage power-supply circuit, NF tone controls plus Linear Equalizer.

Added were deported shafts for reduced wiring and flat-cable for tape loops ; not yet inside were plus-X power-supply and Single-Stage circuit as in the L-430.

Cosmetically, there are two versions : one with shiny anodization and wood enclosure à la L-58A and one with matte anodization sans enclosure.
I believe the former to be the original and mainly destined to the USA market, the latter to be the later and destined to Europe.
Shiny+wood gives a rather welcome warmer appearance to the C-120A.


The C-120A and M-120A sold very well but were export-only : unknown in Japan.

The C-120A Mark II version eludes me : it is entirely identical to the original and has the exact same specifications. It seems to have been only available in Europe, shortly before the C-02 replaced the C-120A (Mark II).

Luxman C-120A, image 1 Luxman C-120A, image 2 Luxman C-120A, image 3
Luxman C-120A specifications
Title Value
Pre output : 1V / 100 Ohm (18V max.)
Rec output : 130mV / 100 Ohm (18V max.)
THD : 0,007% (all stages)
Frequency response : 10Hz...80Khz (-0,5dB, line level)
20Hz...20Khz (± 0,3dB, phono)
S/N ratio : 74dB (MC, IHF-A)
88dB (MM, IHF-A)
100dB (line, IHF-A)
Inputs : 200µV / 390Ohm (MC)
2,0mV / 50kOhm (MM)
130mV / 60kOhm (line)
Max. phono level : 300mV
Bass turnovers : 150Hz / 300Hz / 600Hz
Treble turnovers : 1,5Khz / 3Khz / 6Khz
Linear Equalizer : up-tilit : 2 points
down-tilt : 2 points
Low boost : 70Hz or 150Hz +6dB max.
Subsonic filter : 15Hz or 30Hz 6dB/octave
High filter : 9Khz or 15Khz 6dB/octave
PC : 17W
Dimensions : 43,8 x 29 x 8,7cm
Weight : 5,5kg.
List price : ?
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