The beautiful and elegant Luxman PD-264 direct-drive turntable is delightfully different, in the way Luxman gear often is. This deck would make a wonderful turntable for someone looking to upgrade from a belt-drive or cheaper direct-drive machine.
The Luxman PD-264 is a deck you see often here in Ausytralia. It was sold at an affordable price, when the market was very competative and Luxman were a heavy hitter. There is much to love about this elegant, understated machine.
The Luxman PD-264 comes with a really nice low-mass tonearm, quality direct-drive motor and balanced platter, in a slimline chassis, with a hint of wood trim and great vintage look. The platter is heavy, meaning high inertia, which is a good thing. With much of the platter weight distributed around the outer section, excellent wow & flutter characteristics and stable rotation are the result.
The tonearm is a straight design to reduce resonance, something which tends to be found on tonearms designed for high-compliance type cartridges. The root section of the tonearm is of double-pipe structure, to further reduce resonance. A knife-edge bearing is employed for the pivot and the head-shell is integrated into the tonearm, further suppressing resonance.
Speed control is via a toggle switch and a strobe is provided, for trimming the speed to precisely 33.3 or 45 RPM. The PD-264 is generally a very reliable deck and requires little maintenance, other than lubrication, cleaning and tweaking of tonearm and cartridge alignment.
A key feature of the PD-264 is the automatic end of disc arm lift function. When disc playback finishes, the tonearm automatically lifts and the platter comes to a stop. This function helps prevent unnecessary stylus wear. The strobe on this deck is provided by LEDs which enable a clearer strobe indication than is common at this pricepoint.
This particular PD-264 had a problem with the mechanical tonearm lift switch, which was sticking and not stopping the player at the end of a record. These mechanical switches can become sticky over time because the lubricant inside them dries out. I usually find them easy to repair with careful cleaning and lubrication. Other than that, this great little deck needed nothing more than a service, clean and for the cartridge and tonearm to be set-up correctly.
For those interested, here are a few specifications:
Type: auto-lift record player
Drive method: direct drive
Motor: DC servo brushless
Platter: 1.8kg, 300mm aluminium die-cast
Speeds: 33 and 45rpm
Signal to noise ratio: 60dB
Wow and flutter: 0.035% wrms
Tonearm: static balance type
Effective length: 240mm
Cartridge weight range: 4 to 11g
Dimensions: 438 x 125 x 365mm
You can read a little more about the Luxman PD-264 here, at the Vinyl Engine.