Luxman CL-35 MK-III All Tube Vintage Preamplifier from Japan
This is the 3rd and best iteration of the legendary CL-35 preamp from renowned Japanese maker Luxman.
It's an all tube unit utilizing no less than 7 tubes in both the line and phono sections.
The bass and treble tone controls have 3 separate frequency ranges for perfectly tuning your fussy vintage speakers and getting the most out of them. If you are a purist, simply engage the tone defeat switch.
There is a low cut filter capable of eliminating the low end rumble from a turntable, and a high cut filter in case your tape source suffers from any sort of hissing.
There are two phono inputs in case you have a dual arm table or even two turntables as many audiophiles do nowadays.
Condition is stunning for a preamp this age. Faceplate is super clean and shiny, free of any pitting or discoloration. The cabinet is robust without any signs of peeling or discoloration.
Best of all it functions like the day it left the factory. Tone controls are quiet and switches are responsive and accurate. The phono stage is super quiet and the tubes have been tested and pass with flying colors.
If you are looking for a matching tube power amp we have tons of Luxman pieces listed in our collection in both stereo and mono configurations.
I doubt there is a finer example of this wonderful piece out there, so if you've been considering a vintage preamp and you've got this sort of disposable income, this might simply be the best you're going to find. If you don't care about condition or reliability there are plenty of cheaper examples on eBay.
Include power cord. Nothing else. Manual is available for download from many different online enthusiast sites.
Vacuum TUBE Linestage
Vacuum TUBE Phonostage
Total Harmonic Distortion
0.08% or less at 2V out
Norm: 2V at <0.05% THD
Max: 20V at <0.30% THD
Input Sensitivity at 1V out
Phono 1: 1.3mV
Phono 2: 1.3mV
AUX 1: 130mV
AUX 2: 130mV
AUX 3: 130mV
Center MIC: 0.8mV
Phono 1: 30kΩ, 50kΩ, 100kΩ
Phono 2: 50kΩ
AUX 1: 110kΩ
AUX 2: 200kΩ
AUX 3: 110kΩ
Center Mic: 75kΩ
SN Ratio (IHF-A)
Phono 1: 75db
Phono 2: 75db
AUX 1: 85db
AUX 2: 85db
AUX 3: 85db
Center MIC: 63db
NF with selectable curve-points
Low-pass curve-point: 150Hz, 300Hz, 600Hz
High-pass curve-point: 1.5kHz, 3kHz, 6kHz
Low cut: 30Hz and 70Hz, -12db/oct
High cut: 5kHz and 9kHz, -12db/oct
Tape monitor switch and terminal
AC electrical outlet
Socket for optional MC step-up transformer
Tubes & Semiconductors
Tubes: 5-12AX7, 2-12AU7
Diodes: 4-DS16A, 4-DS16C4