Luxman D-500X's

Luxman D-500X'sII

1 9 8 9 1989
1 9 9 2 1992
1 9 9 5 1995

Beautifully designed CD player based on the rare Philips CDM-3 CD drive and multi-bit digital-to-analogue converters from... Philips.

The original D-500X's sold extremely well, was equipped with 16-bit TDA-1541A converters and 4fs over-sampling ; it had two pairs of single-ended RCA outputs (fixed / variable), plus a (cheapish) optical TOS digital terminal.

The revised D-500X'sII mainly upgraded its TDA-1541 with the double crown S2 version (yes !) while a complete redesign of the boards' arrangements provided a better signal path and componentry changes.

Besides the CDM-3 which Luxman surprisingly didn't use in the monster DP-07, construction on all three versions is truly impressive :

100VA transformer with five separate windings, fully non-resonant chassis through the use of sub-chassis & plates and the non-symmetrical disc compartment, massive aluminium top, 70µ PCB tracks, copper heatsinks, copper-plated chassis, PC-OFC wiring, expensive caps and resistors etc - a real high-end treasure.

Later replaced by the very rare D-500.

If you've ever used one of these, you'll probably feel like I do : I really want one !


However : beware !
The CDM3 is not available anywhere and nobody can repair or even re-adjust it. This includes Studer/Revox who used the CDM3 in the A-730 series.
Unlike the CDM1 CDM, if your CDM3 is dead, it is now forever dead.

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Luxman D-500X's specifications
Title Value
D/A : 16-bit linear
Frequency response : 5Hz...20Khz (± 1dB)
Dynamic range : 96dB
S/N ratio : 106dB
THD : 0,01% (1Khz)
Channel separation : 100dB
Output : 2,1V (analogue, fixed)
0...2,1V (analogue, variable)
TOS digital optical
Remote control : RD500
Misc. : AC phase detector
Dimensions : 43,8 x 11,8 x 38,5cm
Weight : 14,5kg.
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