Buy a used 590 AXII for around 5-6K. You should be able to get a Brand New one for around 7K. Why the 550....your just going to ditch it to move up the line and lose money in the process. Start at the top and have no regrets!!
I have owned the C7ES3 and have listened to the Luxman pairing.
The amp is an awesome looking piece of bling but the combination with Harbeth sounds soft and un-engaging IMHO.
Buy it if you want to but there are much better options for sound quality and synergy with the Harbeth C7s at your price point.
riaa... Nah makes perfect sense, but that's not realistic at the moment. The C7's are a $4,000 speaker, so I would think my price range should make a well balanced setup.
avanti1960: shall I PM you to get the rest of your thoughts? (-: The much better options I'm not considering. Thanks in advance.
Get the integrated and decide on the phono after.
Many (including the Lux) have a built in phono... a good thing because I would love to keep it simple.
hegel - i have rost and h390 - both lovely, so clean yet warm and holographic, effortless
lfd le mk4 - picked one up, very impressed... lil more spotlit, open than hegel maybe lil less bottom end - ergonomics are total sh*t, stone age stuff, but the sound is very very sweet
both have the ’breath of life’ factor - just super!
Very nice...I'm sure they are both excellent. I just can't bring myself to go LFD, for the reasons you mention, along with it's lack of built in phono. I'd love to go one box...keep it simple, and not require another cable.
I have also heard Hegel and Harbeth are a nice match. Thank You!
Luxman 550 AXii ordered. Thanks to all for your input.
I bought one in January after selling all my tube equipment. You will be pleased. Driving Audio Note E. Great sound
Oh yes. The Luxman Class A amps 550AXII and 590AXII are very good.
Thank you- the reason I was on the fence with the 550 was the rated power, and if it would be enough for my 86 db Harbeths. My guess is there will be a trade off of giving up ultimate grip and control in favor of refinement. In this instance, I'm ok with that trade off. The C7's are not quite a rock the house speaker anyway. I've definitely read the flagship 590's power is rated conservatively, so hopefully this holds true with the 550.
Have a 550axii mated with Harbeth 30.1. No problem. You will be happy.
I have the 550ax2 with my tannoy ardens... Superb... A forever system
I am having success with the C7's and the Audia Flight FL Three S. Can be purchased with or without adjustable MM/MC phono stage.
Great conversation---I have the Luxman 505UXii and I'm considering the C7 XDs. Do you all think this would be a good combo?
OP how is new amp working out?
If you can stretch your budget I heard it with Dartzeel integrated. Sounded juicy. Next choice is Accuphase. Luxman I heard with Tannoys not with Harbeth but I would say a wee bit lean sounding.
hi fin04, how's your new Luxman Amp ? How's the sound? Is it strong enough for the C7?
I'm using a Luxman 590 AXII along with the Harbeth P3ESR XD speakers in a large room and I have no issues at all. I do use a pair of REL T/7i subwoofers.
I have not received my 550 yet. Will chime back with an update. I should be getting close...ordered roughly 3 weeks ago. Cheers -Don
I think you'll be glad you didn't go with a Hegel. I had the big Hegel with your speakers and it was a bit thin sounding. I now have HL5 Plus and Accuphase E-600 and I'm done for a long time. I'm not knocking Hegel, just the combo of Hegel and Harbeth.
i think my hegel h390 sounds terrific driving my compact 7’s as well as my super hl5+’s, as good as any solid state amp i have tried, and i have tried many.... then again i do have a lovely, sweet sounding source... ymmv of course
I auditioned my Tannoy Sterlings driven by a Luxman 20wpc class A Integrated. It sounded wonderful. Don't remember the model number.