I am really impressed with how you are building this 2 channel HT system ... a combination of budget gear that performs well above its price tag (Denon DRA 395; Radio Shack Mega Cable; Pioneer 563 universal player) with higher end units (ProAc speakers) and now a vintage piece (Luxman turntable). I have done something similar with my 2 channel HT system and I find myself doing most of my listening to this system ... not that it is the best sound available in my house, but it is pretty good nonetheless. Nice review and nice job done.
Thank you for pointing these things out! I agree with you, and we as record-spinning audiophiles, who often would not evan think of having something as "outdated" as a direct-drive, mass market turntable to quickly push the thought of them aside. You forgot to mention that the rega's are still much more dough than many of these decent, direct-drive tables still floating around the used market. And furthermore, while direct drive does have drawbacks, more are well executed which is better than poorly executed belt-drive designs. In that era, most of the better mass market turntables with better arms, suspension systems, and drive/platter systems were direct drive, and in real life, real use, are better performing turntables than the lower cost music hall's and sumiko's and such.
Thank you for pointing this out, that there are respectable options such as your table.
I just have a question regarding the Luxman, would you know if it is possible to replace the tonearm of this particular model. I'm about to buy one but i'm already planning on the future upgrades that i can do on this deck. Hope to hear from you soon.
No, it doesn't look possible. There's no seperate armboard anyway, so you'd have to take the whole thing apart and cut the acutal plinth. It would probably be messy and ugly.
Besides, this turntable likely wouldn't benefit much from an arm swap. It's good, but even a low-cost arm like the RB250 would probably be overkill. I found the arm that came with it to be fine.
If you want a nice DD table with upgradeability, you'll have to look for one of the more expensive Luxman models that was sold armless (some also had vacuum hold-down), or a nice 1980s Denon model -- although the Denon arms were actually pretty good.
Don't overlook the Luxman PD 441 turntable with the ability to use an arm of your choice. Fabulous build quality and beautiful to behold. VERY heavy, and of course great sonics.
The PD 444 was the same table, but allows the mounting of two tonearms.
I couldn't agree more. I have a Luxman PD 277, which is very similar, direct drive, automatic. The tonearm may be a little better than that on the 284. The automatic function doesn't even work any more, but I'm still using this table as my preferred front end (better than my Levinson 390S) in a system costing literally a hundred times what the table did. I'm probably missing a lot for not upgrading the table, but it sounds damn good.
Great point, Klinerm. And commendable that you've resisted the (often futile) urge to upgrade. I could've saved myself at least $1000, probably more, by simply sticking with the Denon DP-47F I bought in 2000, or the Linn Axis I bought used in the late 90s, or the...well, you get the idea. That's money I could have used the buy LPs and CDs. Live and learn.
It's totally false what belt drives are better than direct drives... I am a sound engineer for more than 15 years, and for my proper experience I'm total disagree with you
Thankyou for doing your review of the Luxman PD 248 I just bought one here in Sunny Australia at a Garage / Yard Sale
for a lazy $20.00 !!!! the pickup was a cheap one but I soon fixed that. Mine is fully operational with the instruction manual and a colour Spec Flyer. My much loved Direct drive Sony PS-1 will now be put away as a spare.
There are two other adjustments, not in the manual you can adjust the tone arm rest height and the cue hight have adjustments. My sony does not have these the sound from
the turntable is wonderfull and there is less rumble in between tracks also.
This is a first rate turntable you would have to spend $500 plus to get anything to match it. I just got lucky
last weekend I also bought 10 or more records as well at the same sale. Yes they were also bargins
Thank you for your nice review. I just bought a pd-284 in a great condition for 50 usd.
unfortunatly it came with a mounted Excel es-70s cartridge with a bent and malfunctioning stylus.I have a spair shure m75ed type2 cartridge but I hesitate to change it alone because I don't have the owner manual and I also don't have much experience in changing cartridges.
do you have by any chance the owner manual of the pd-284?
if you do, it will be great if you can send me a copy and I surely will appriciate any help which you can give me regarding the turntable.
Thanks in advance,
I'm hoping someone out there can help me. I dug out my old turntable (Luxman PD284) for my 16 year old the other day only to find that the entire needle mount at the end of the arm is missing. Anyone have any idea where I might be able to get a replacement?
cant figure out how to alter speed music plays too fast
If you can't adjust it using the knob next to the pitch readout, the knob is either broken or the unit is far out of spec. In that case, you'll need to crack it open. You may be able to find a service manual at www.vinylengine.com with the procedure for bringing it back to spec.
I have a PD-264 with a Shure X97e cartridge. While I found the deck in original conditon to be "OK" the following simple tweaks will bring it to another level that must be heard to believe.
First I covered the entire underside of the platter with self adhesiive
shingle roll found for under ten dollars at Lowes. It is somewhat messy and tedious to cut and fit but if you note how the platter rings when you tap on it, you will understand why it must be dampened.
Next I bought 3 gabon ball/flarge footers from Herbies Audio Lab. I also highly recommend his mat which I have placed on top of the stock rubber one.
Try these simple and inexpensive mods, you will not believe the difference!
Hi there, another comment from sunny Australia. Have just dug out my Luxman PD-284 after 7 years of storage in a North QLD garage. Guess what? - It still plays! Am working on replacing the cartridge (any advice re' replacement Supex styli?) and would like to clean the tone arm which is displaying some corrosion 'spots'. Any advice? Thanks for the site.
See my article in Positive Feedback on refurbishing a vintage turntable...
Hi, I have PD 284 since the end of the 80's. I like it so much and listen some times vinyls with a lot of pleasure.I use it finaly with an Ortofon OM 20 cartridge (I trie it with several models and products, according to me this one is a good choise).
I would be pleased if you can give to me your opinion. Sorry for my language but I've not practiced the english language since a long time
The high-compliance OM20 should make a good match for the Luxman's low-mass arm. It's also a relatively neutral yet detailed cartridge that imparts little of its own character. I'm glad to hear you are enjoying it.
Hi , I bought PD-284 yesterday – it looks and works great ( except some scratches on it’s lid ).
I have Grado Gold cartridge and I want try to mount it on Luxman, but I don’t know PD-284’s tonearm features e.g. effective length, overhang etc. Can anybody help me ? If anybody have user’s manual and have a few minutes to scan it or just make several pics by digital camera, I’ll be very glad to get it . Thank You very much and sorry for my English.
I have lost the 2 tops of my cover hinges and need to find replacement top left and right sides or a set of both complete left and right hinges for my PD 288 deck.
hello. i got one of them. but i have a silly problem: how do i get the table to turn ?
yes, it is plugged in, yes i tried the switch on the bottom, yes i tried moving the arm to the left and right .. uh.. am i too stupid or is it sadly broken ????
thank you !
Sorry to say, but it sounds broken. However, it could be something simple - a detached or broken wire or contact, etc. You have nothing to lose at this point so you might want to open it up and check it out. I guess it could also be that the motor has seized up. A drop or two of sewing machine oil might be useful.
Check out vinylengine.com -- they often have service manuals as well as owners manuals available for download. I wouldn't throw the Luxman away until you give it at least a cursory exam to see if it can be easily fixed.
I LOVE my Luxman. I have modified mine quite a bit.
-Removed and bypassed all of the automatic features.
-Properly calibrated and cleaned the speed adjustments.
-Installed high quality RCA jacks and upgraded the power cable.
-Dampened the plinth, isolated the power supply and installed isolation spikes.
-Upgraded stock rubber mat with a 5mm Funk Firm Achromat (had to slightly trim and bevel the edges to fit platter), added Michell record clamp.
-Upgraded so-so stock Micro Seiki arm with an older, re-wired Denon DA-307 arm. I have several MM cartridges i use, favorites are Grado Gold and an older Ortofon VMS30fl & VMS20e MkII
The thing sounds WONDERFUL! It's paired with an old RTS Systems broadcast phonostage & B&K Reference 30 in direct analog for my front end.
These things are gems.
hello, thanks for forum - dealers here in melbourne australia claim they can't find me a replacement stylus for my luxman pd 284 - can anyone help???
Does anybody have good advice for a phono stage for the PD-284. I currently have a Grado Prestige Green, but am considering upgrading to a Gold. I will be running it to an ARC sp-4 pre-amp
The Grado PH-1 would be an obvious partner, but at $500, probably overkill in terms of both price and performance.
Since Grados, to me anyway, sound a little soft, I would counter that with a phono stage that's a little more 'exciting' sounding. The Cambridge Audio 540P is probably all you need and it's on closeout at most places for under $100. Plus, the silver finish should match well with your SP-4.