Luxman’s latest phono cartridge is the LMC-5. After 40 years’ experience, their aim was to design it to have sensitivity to all the musical information pressed on a record. The MC type power generation engine features a cross-mounted iron core with a compact magnetic system to improve efficiency. For the vibration detection system, they selected a combination of an aluminium cantilever and a SHIBATA stylus, which boasts excellent tracing ability. In addition, the unique housing structure was achieved by repeated prototyping and fine tuning. Luxman have developed this cartridge with confidence for all those who love vinyl and value its musicality.
Luxman has consistently designed components for vinyl playback such as Luxman’s PD series analog players and their E/EQ phono equaliser amplifier series. After a development period of 2 years, the LMC-5 is Luxman’s first original cartridge in 40 years. For the stylus, in order to read the musical information pressed on the record accurately and reliably, they selected a combination of an aluminium cantilever with high tracing ability and a SHIBATA stylus to pick up a large amount of information with less audible noise. In order to secure the fulcrum of the vibration system, a low distortion structure has been realised by using the one-point “piano wire” support method. The MC type power generation engine uses a cross mounted iron core with the coils for the left and right channels wound symmetrically. Adopting a magnetic structure with a small field area reduces the intrusion of external noise. Luxman have achieved significant size and weight reductions.
From Luxman’s experience with closed body designs, the coil and cantilever can act like a microphone, picking up the reflected sound, therefore reducing the enclosure results in less sound coloration. In order to prioritise weight reduction and resonance countermeasures, the housing is crafted down to a minimal design which still firmly supports the power generation engine. The minimised outer chassis has an inverted egg-shaped curve that suppresses unnecessary reflected sound and vibrations. The machined aluminium body is anodised to a deep red, which is Luxmans corporate colour, and with the L mark logo laser-etched on the front, it subtly asserts Luxman’s identity. Each one is carefully assembled by Luxman’s team of craftspeople, the best in Japanese cartridge manufacture, and delivered to music lovers, worldwide
Moving Magnet / Moving Coil:
2.1g-2.3g (Recommended 2.2g)
10Hz - 35kHz