I’ve just completed an on-site installation, commission and set-up of a Luxman PD-171A turntable + Ortofon Cadenza Black cartridge in a Luxman super-system.

My friend Kent previously owned Douglas Hi-Fi, one of the last few proper hi-fi stores in Perth. 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. I was hired to set up and install the Luxman PD-171A into this incredible high-end Luxman system – you can view images of the components below – and install a stunning Ortofon Cadenza Black moving coil cartridge.

The Cadenza Black is 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 and tracking force. I believe the Cadenza Black is 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.

Luxman PD-171A Specifications

Drive SystemBelt drive
MotorReaction and AC synchronous motor
Platter30cm machined aluminium plate
Revolution33 1/3 rpm, 45 rpm (2 speeds selectable)
Speed adjustment range5% (each rotation speed adjusts independently)
Wow & flutter0.04% or less (W.R.M.S)
Power source230v (50 Hz)
Power consumption38w
Dimensions (WxHxD)492 x 195 (with dust cover mounted) x 407mm

The System

Other elements of the system include A vintage Luxman T-33 AM/FM tuner, Luxman D-380 CD player, Luxman CL-38uSE Vacuum Tube Control Amplifier and Luxman MQ-88uSE Vacuum Tube Power Amplifier.

Don’t forget to watch this short video of us enjoying the new system, apologies for the music… 😉 :

Luxman PD-171A
Here she sits, ready for set-up. In this case, the deck will be receiving a beautiful Ortofon Cadenza Black moving coil cartridge which is very similar to my recently sold MC Jubilee.
Luxman PD-171A
Luxman PD-171A
Here, I’ve just installed the Cadenza Black into the lovely magnesium head-shell.
Luxman PD-171A
Luxman PD-171A
Pretty isn’t she? In this case, I mounted the cart with the standard 52mm spec listed by Luxman. Interestingly, this is also the Technics standard mounting spec and has been for decades. The headshell wires are only just long enough for this alignment, with this cartridge/headshell combo. 
Luxman PD-171A
The Luxman PD-171A is a slight update of the very well-reviewed PD-171.
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The equipment rack, into which all the pieces were installed.
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The system as a whole – WOW! Tannoy speakers, and Luxman from top to bottom, including a recently acquired vintage tuner to match the modern, but vintage-looking other Luxman components. Looks incredible, doesn’t it?

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The Vintage Luxman T-33 AM/FM stereo tuner matches the other new elements cosmetically.
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It’s fantastic that Luxman is back and making gorgeous pieces like this CL-38uSE Vacuum Tube Control Amplifier.
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And this gorgeous Luxman D-380 Vacuum Tube CD player.
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Equally stunning Luxman MQ-88uSE Vacuum Tube Power Amplifier.
Luxman PD-171A
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