Vinyl fans have new reason to celebrate as Luxman America introduces the eagerly-anticipated PD-191A analog player. “So many music lovers have told me how much pleasure they get from the PD-171A,” said Jeff Sigmund, president. “This new player is more than a worthy successor. It breaks entirely new ground in functionality, circuitry, mechanics and sound quality.” The PD-191A incorporates an all-new tonearm, drive system, record mat and PWM/PID rotation speed controller. Other key features include Luxman’s underslung chassis design with 15 mm aluminum top plate and a massive, 5.2 kg aluminum platter. The PD-191A received its Japan-market debut in September and is now available for pre-order in North America at a suggested retail price of $12,495.
NEW LTA-710 Tonearm
“We are proud to have jointly developed our completely new LTA-710 tonearm with Japan’s analog audio specialists, SAEC,” Sigmund said. To trace the finest details of the record groove, the new tonearm features a vertical knife-edge bearing that delivers excellent initial sensitivity. An effective length of 10 inches (256 mm) not only minimizes tracking error, but also improves damping against surface vibration. Tracking error is held to +1.07° to -1.52°. In addition, this static balance arm features adjustable anti-skating and up to 22 mm of height adjustment allowing for a wide range of phono cartridges to be utilized. The supplied Luxman universal headshell features D.U.C.C. (Dia Ultra Crystallized Copper) wiring, with long copper grains for superb conductivity.
While the PD-191A offers the convenience of an all-in-one player with integrated tonearm, Luxman anticipates that demanding music lovers may also want to use the turntable with other tonearms. For this reason, the company will introduce accessory bases for third-party 9 to 10-inch tonearms and an external second tonearm base for long 12-inch arms, starting with the classic SME-3012.
Ultra-Stable Drive System in the Luxman PD-101A
In vinyl playback, even subtle platter speed variations cause musical pitch to waver, undermining clarity. To fight this, the PD-191A goes to extraordinary lengths to maintain constant platter speed. Luxman’s unique sine wave/Pulse Width Modulation power supply provides ultra-stable direct current to the DC brushless motor. This turntable maintains correct speed via sophisticated Proportional-Integral-Differential (PID) control and programming. A high performance reference clock for speed correction, using a MEMS (micro-electro-mechanical system) oscillator, with excellent temperature characteristics, is deployed. The motor drives the outside flange of the platter through a new belt that is not only uncommonly wide, but also offers long service life thanks to new EPDM belt material.
The final guarantor of rotational stability is the 5.2 kg (11.4 pound) platter itself. The platter acts as a flywheel with extremely high moment of inertia, 0.7 t·cm2, to suppress even minuscule speed variations. A platter this heavy requires bearings capable of sustaining extremely high pressure. Luxman engineers specified polyether ether ketone (PEEK) thrust bearings and brass radial bearings for effortlessly smooth rotation and long life. As a result of these exhaustive measures,wow & flutter is less than 0.04%, weighted RMS. In this way, the PD-191A delivers musical pitch with phenomenal accuracy.
Anti-Resonant Chassis in the Luxman PD-101A
Because phono cartridges operate by converting motion into voltage, they’re particularly vulnerable to microphonics – voltages caused by the impact of sound waves. The cartridge simply cannot distinguish between the desired motion of tracing the record groove and unwanted microphonic motion. Luxman engineers implemented a rigorous strategy to protect the music from microphonics. It begins with large, rubber isolator feet, carefully selected for superb damping and excellent temperature characteristics. Each isolator offers independent height adjustment. Next, the PD-191A incorporates an underslung suspension structure, in which the main electrical and bearing components are attached to the 15 mm thick aluminum alloy top plate, which succeeds in achieving both high rigidity and damping performance. Inside the player, special rubber damping mountsisolate the chassis from two internal sources of potential vibration: the motor and power transformer, which are in turn mounted on a 3.2 mm metal bottom panel. To provide a final level of protection, the PD-191A offers a vibration-absorbing special rubber record mat. While these chassis features are undoubtedly expensive, they yield music reproduction of the highest order.
Styling and Other Features of the Luxman PD-101A
The PD-191A embodies Luxman’s signature craftsmanship with exemplary fit and finish. The aluminum platter is precision machined, which results in an elegant diamond-cut visual pattern. The rosewood finished base contrasts with the hairline aluminum top panel, which has a strobe window and separate speed adjustments for 33-1/3, 45 and 78 rpm. Other features include a 16-mm, large-diameter center spindle; supplied EP adaptor; plus detachable output and IEC power cables so that owners can substitute or upgrade to aftermarket cables. The gold-plated AC power input is turned 180° to better support extra-heavy cables. An optional acrylic dust cover is 4 mm thick and incorporates spring and cam support hinges.
Turntable drive section
Drive system Belt-drive system
Motor Brushless DC motor with PID control
Material Machined aluminum, Surface finish: Diamond cut
Revolution 33 1/3 rpm, 45 rpm, 78 rpm (3 speeds selectable)
Revolution adjustment range ±6% (each rotation speed adjustable independently)
Wow and flutter 0.04% or less (W.R.M.S.)
Weight 5.2kg (Platter)
Type Static balanced, S shaped, universal type
Bearing Concealed vertical knife edge
Effective length 256mm
Tracking error angle +1.07° to -1.52°
Applicable cartridge weight 4 to 11g (including headshell 17 to 24g)
Adjustable height range 22mm
Anti-skating 0 to 4g
Power source 230V～50Hz / 115V～60Hz
Power consumption 5W
Dimensions 491(W)× 128(to the upper surface of the platter) (H)× 399(D) mm
Net weight 24.8kg (main unit), 26.4kg (with dust cover)
Accessories Platter, Headshell (D.U.C.C lead wire included), Rubber mat, Rubber belt, Platter mount handle (2pieces), EP adaptor, Counterweight, Anti-skating weight, Arm adjustment hex wrench set (2 types) Flathead screwdriver for rotation speed adjustment, Arm base removal hex wrench, Phono cable (DIN→RCA : already installed in the unit), Power cable
*D.U.C.C. is a registered trademark of Mitsubishi Cable Industries, Ltd