Luxman SQ38D

Luxman SQ38Ds

Luxman SQ-38D Reissue

1 9 6 4 1964
1 9 6 7 1967
1 9 6 8 1968

One of Luxman's most successful amplifiers, released at a time high-fidelity still was for the cognoscenti : for many a japanese audiophile (with grey hair today) (if any left), the SQ38D is when it all started.
LUX was riding high on its already old existence and experience :
1925...1964 = 39 years !

Classic 12AX7 and 12AU7 tubes were used in the first and driver stages respectively ; output tubes were 6BQ5, while the power transformer was OY14 type.

The first version was the SQ38 from 1963 : two phono, three aux inputs but no DIN rec/play terminal ; this layout was chosen for the '98 reissue.

Rapidly after came the SQ38D and SQ38Ds, the latter had no input transformer, replaced one auxiliary input with a regular tape i/o and added the DIN tape terminal. Both could handle modern but low-output MM catridges ; the backplates name remained the same, though - very Luxman (or Sony).

So popular and successful that Luxman, at the dawn of yet another ownership change (ie. bankruptcy) and its upcoming 75th anniversary made a reissue of it !
The SQ-38D Reissue (yes : with a dash between SQ and 38D) swapped the 6RA8 tubes for 6BQ5, the number of inputs was increased to five, the Monitor button had an added plastic surround added and the Phono 1 circuit was altered to accept MC cartridges.
Only 500 reissue models were produced, among which was a (very) small run made with/for the japanese MJ magazine with a front badge added saying "MJ 75th Anniversary" ; the latter sported their own serial number sequence (like "MJ75009") with all normal T-Tag references erased... and apparently some upgraded parts inside - Luxman all the way !

The 38D and 38Ds sold in enormous quantities in Japan and are therefore very easy to find. Still rather expensive, alas, at about 2000 ; the original SQ38 is much more rare.

The reissue belongs to the AZDEN period of Lux manufacturing, between late 1994 and c. 1999, sold in a jiffy despite a rather impressive price and even made the cover of the july 1999 issue of Audio Accessory (JP).

Sure, if specifications, power output and distortion pale in comparison of more modern amplifiers, if only an SQ202, there must have been something to the 38D for it to keep selling so well, beyond simple 1960s nostalgia and utter design perfection...

Does anyone know who designed the SQ38D and its WZ30 tuner companion in 1963/64 ?

See a 38D original here, a reissue model here and an original SQ38 here.

Luxman SQ38D, image 1 Luxman SQ38D, image 2 Luxman SQ38D, image 3
Luxman SQ38D specifications
Title Value
SQ-38D (reissue) SQ-38D (reissue)
Power output : 2x 12W (1Khz, 8 Ohm)
Inputs & outputs : 220mV (auxiliary 1 / 2 / 3)
440mV (tape monitor)
0,15mV (phono 1)
4mV (phono 2)
THD : 0,2% (1Khz, 1W output)
Bass control : ± 8dB at 100Hz
Treble control : ± 8dB at 10Khz
S/N ratio : 60dB (phono 1 & 2)
62dB (auxiliary)
Phono equalization : RIAA
PC : 90W
Dimensions : 47 x 17,5 x 27,5cm
Weight : 15kg.
List price : 58,500¥ (38D, 1964...1967)
54,500¥ (38Ds, 1966...1968)
390,000¥ (38D Reissue, 1998...2000)
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