I’ve just finished a fascinating on-site system installation with a colleague of mine. My job was to commission and set-up a Luxman PD-171A turntable, plus Ortofon Cadenza Black cartridge, as part of a Luxman super-system!
My colleague and good friend, Kent Harvey, owns Douglas Hi-Fi, a famous Perth hi-fi store and one of the few places still selling hi-fi stereo gear. Douglas Hi-Fi supplied some elements of the system you see in these images, including the stunning equipment rack, Luxman PD-171A and Ortofon Cadenza Black moving coil cartridge.
My job was to set-up and install the Luxman PD-171A into this incredible high-end Luxman system – you can view images of the components below. I was also tasked with installing a stunning Ortofon Cadenza Black moving coil cartridge.
The Cadenza Black is in fact very similar to my recently sold Ortofon MC Jubilee, my reference cartridge for several years. Similarities include the body, boron cantilever, Shibata stylus, silver wire, coil impedance, tracking force… are you getting the picture? I believe the Cadenza Black is in fact a re-packaged MC Jubilee, based on the number of identical elements.
You can read what Stereophile thought of the Luxman PD-171 here. This is a serious, heavy-weight belt-drive deck. It comes with a Jelco tonearm, similar to the SA-250, not quite as nice as the SA-750 I reviewed a while back and use with one of my turntables, but still pretty decent. The deck itself is hewn from solid aluminium, beautifully machined and presented.
|Drive System||Belt drive system|
|Motor||Reaction and AC synchronous motor|
|Platter||30cm machined aluminium plate|
|Revolution||33 1/3 rpm, 45 rpm (2 speeds selectable)|
|Revolution adjustment range||5% (each rotation speed adjusts independently)|
|Wow and flutter||0.04% or less (W.R.M.S)|
|Power source||230v (50 Hz)|
|Dimensions (WxHxD)||492 x 140 (up to top face of platter), 195 (with dust cover mounted) x 407mm|
Don’t forget to watch the short video of us enjoying the new system at the end!
Finally, a video of us enjoying this amazing new system, apologies for the music… 🙂