Luxman MQ-88 Stereo Tube Power Amplifier; MQ88
Product: Luxman MQ-88 Stereo Tube Power Amplifier; MQ88
Product SKU: 20787
Serial Number: M70201135A
Cosmetic Description: 8/10 Excellent condition with minimal visible cosmetic wear including a tiny nick on top of the transformer case, and a nick and a few rub marks on the top of the amplifier chassis. These blemishes are not readily visible and do not detract from the overall wonderful appearance.
What is Included: Amplifier, 4 Genelex KT88 tubes, 2 JJ Electronics 12AX7 tubes, 2 Electro-Harmonix 12BH7 tubes, Manual, Factory packaging
Functional Notes: Operational condition of this item is excellent, fully tested and no issues found.
Age: 3 years
# of Owners: 1
Tobacco Exposure: No
Service History: None
Other Notes: This tube power amplifier features a gain knob on the front and can be used with a variable preamp or a fixed gain device.
The MQ-88 is about enjoying the vacuum tube experience in the most fuss-free way possible—its glory is in its delectable midrange—but it is not an amplifier for all seasons. As I noted in my review last June of the Direct Acoustics Silent Speaker II, the MQ-88 did not do a great job of controlling its bass (and was marginal in output power). In direct comparisons with Ayre's entry-level solid-state integrated amplifier, the 60Wpc AX-7e ($3500), and using a variety of speakers, the Ayre did a better job of resolving power and bass extension and of controlling and organizing the soundstage. But the Ayre's midrange was not as beguiling. By the way, the combination of Luxman's D-05 SACD/CD player ($5000) and the Ayre AX-7e was remarkably synergistic; the total price of $8500 strikes me as a best buy in mid-upper-tier electronics." - John Marks, Stereophile
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