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Tuners are listed in alphabetical and numerical sequence by model number. In parentheses after the model number are the year of introduction and most recent list price, and/or the original list price if indicated by "orig" (special thanks to David Rich of The Audio Critic for
copies of historical material from his reference library)..
Our late contributor PZ did a remarkable job of research and analysis in creating PZ's Luxman Tuner History. Many of the tuners he describes are listed below, but not reviewed. We'd like to put writeups of more of them on this page if our readers will provide the usual basic information on them (types of controls and features, and any personal anecdotes or comparisons to other tuners). In addition, there are many Luxman tuners in the On-Deck Circle that may be worthy of a full writeup. Please post in our FMtuners group if you have any information about any "Luxmen" that we haven't reviewed.
Luxman 5T10 (1978, front 1, front 2, left, middle, right, back, stack) search eBay
The rare 5-gang FM-only 5T10 shows up only a few times a year on eBay and usually sells for $125-210, with a high of $327 in 6/14. See the T-12 listing below for a comparison of that tuner and the 5T10.
Luxman 5T50 (1977, $1,595, front 1, front 2, left, middle, right, back, inside, ad 1, ad 2) search eBay
The digital FM-only 5T50 was Luxman's priciest tuner, and our contributor PZ assumes it was so expensive mostly because "in 1977, digital was really state of the art. The 5T50 was one of the first digital tuners. It was part of Luxman's 'Laboratory Reference Series,' so it was probably built to higher standards than most consumer gear. The 5T50 should be a collector's item, even though it may not be better than a lot of later, cheaper digital tuners." Our panelist Bob reviewed a 5T50 and found it to be nothing special, aside from the no-longer-innovative technology. Sale prices for the 5T50 on eBay can be all over the place, as low as $102 in 9/14 and as high as $355 in 2/16. The all-time high was $465 in 4/05.
Luxman T-1 (1980, photo) search eBay
The T-1 usually sells for $20-35 on eBay.
Luxman T-2 (1979, $375, photo) search eBay
The analog T-2 usually sells for $30-75 on eBay, with occasional highs around $100.
Luxman T-02 (1986, $500, photo) search eBay
The T-02 (not to be confused with Luxman's analog T-2 from the 1970s) is reportedly a sensitive, excellent-sounding digital tuner with decent selectivity. Our contributor Lefty tells us, "Luxman also marketed the digital T-02 in Europe (and elsewhere?) as the T-530. I have service manuals for both the T-530 and T-02 and they are cosmetically identical, with only AC power selections and AM/FM frequency step options for the T-530. This T-02 digital model is of a very high construction quality and has great features and performance. My only complaint is that there is no battery save function for the memory, such that if you unplug the unit from the wall outlet you lose all your memory preselected stations." Our contributor Gaëtan points out that the memory of the T-02 and T-530 is actually supposed to be saved for 24 hours without power. Our contributor Peter B., who is impressed with the T-02's build quality, tells us that its "CAT" (computer analyzed tuning) system automatically adjusts reception parameters like the "APR" in Onkyo tuners like the T-9090 and T-9090II does. Our contributor PZ adds that the 7-segment signal meter doubles as a multipath meter. PZ finds the T-02's selectivity "as good as any in the narrow mode." The T-02 usually sells for $90-160 on eBay, with a low of $52 in 4/12 and a high of $228 in 8/11 for a "new-in-box" unit.
Luxman T-03 (1987, photo) search eBay
The T-03 is the international version of the T-117, identical except for its champagne gold front panel. See the T-117 writeup below for more information. The T-03 only shows up about once a year on eBay-U.S. and usually sells for $100-240.
Luxman T-4 (1978, $495, photo) search eBay
The T-4 can sell for almost any amount on eBay but most often $35-60, with a bizarre all-time high of $255 in 4/07.
Luxman T-12 (1977, $645, photo) search eBay
Our contributor Joe says that the FM-only T-12 "is a fabulous-sounding tuner. Timbral values and bass end are a bit light, but musical and spatial resolution are first rate. Reception is quite good." Our contributor PZ reported, "I opened up my T-12 and 5T10 and confirmed that they are essentially the same tuner. The T-12 was made first and Luxman just repacked it inside a bigger case than the 5T10 and made very minor changes. They have the same main board where the IF and audio circuits reside, and the same transformer, power supply and RF section. Only the CLL circuit board is different. The one in the T-12 is shielded and the one in the 5T10 is not. The 5T10 has the extra high blend feature. The rest is just cosmetic differences." Our contributor Hank A. adds that Luxman's "Accutouch System" functions like the quartz lock in such tuners as the Sansui TU-719 and TU-919 but, unlike Sansui, "Luxman had sense enough to make it defeatable."
Our contributor doug says, "I owned a T-12; yes, they're nice sounding, yes they're nice looking, yes, they're rare. I sold mine because I was not overwhelmed by the sound - it is comparable to any number of other top tuners. I found it to be a hair off in detail, which kept it from being up there with the very best, but the main detraction, for me, was its only so-so sensitivity - it seemed to be less immune to noise on stations relatively easy to receive, compared to most other tuners I had. But, I never had it serviced." The T-12 has front-panel switches for recording tone, multipath check, signal-strength indicator, mono/stereo, IF bandwidth (wide/narrow), muting on/off, quartz lock release, and tuning lock release. The T-12 usually sells for $90-150 on eBay.
Luxman T-14 (1981, $800, photo) search eBay
Our panelist Jim provided some quick facts on the FM-only T-14: "It's, I guess you would say, global. You can rework the transformer inside for 100, 120, or 220 volts and change the de-emphasis between 75 µS and 50 µS. The audio op-amp is a 5532. Four ceramic filters. There is easy access to both sides of the board for upgrades. Fixed and variable outputs. Level control on the rear panel. Defeatable muting level control on the front." Our contributor Greg says, "I would say that the T-14 is a pretty nice-sounding tuner. The bass gives up a little richness to the Accuphase T-100 I had, but all in all, I would say that it is a pretty good performer, and the sound is surprisingly refined and rich to boot." The T-14 is seen on eBay only once a year or even less, with sale prices of $75-150 most likely.
Luxman T-33 (1976, photo) search eBay
The rare T-33 usually sells for $30-80 on eBay.
Luxman T-50A search eBay
There's a page on the very rare T-50A at The Vintage Knob, and our contributor PZ discussed it on the PZ's Luxman Tuner History page. One T-50A sold for $125 on eBay in 3/03.
Luxman T-88V (1976, $345, photo) search eBay
The T-88V is a rather basic AM-FM tuner despite its very distinctive appearance. It has 4 gangs and 4 ceramic filters for FM, and 2 AM gangs. The only front-panel controls, other than the tuning knob and band selector knob, are a hi-blend switch and a muting off switch. On the rear are fixed and variable level outputs with a level control, and horizontal and vertical multipath output jacks for an oscilloscope. Here's Luxman's own description, as posted by an eBay seller: "LUXMAN'S NEW HIGH SENSITIVITY TUNER FRESH IN DESIGN PRESENTATION! The T88V is designed as a matching tuner to the L-80 series integrated amplifiers with a common concept of being refined yet economical. It incorporates all the useful features with a modern appearance. The FM section consists of a 4-gang tuning capacitor and FET RF amplifier circuits, inter-stage double tuning circuit, mixer circuit, and special oscillator circuit of low distortion. This results in excellent figures in such characteristics as high sensitivity, signal overload capability, various spurious responses and intermodulation distortion. Therefore impeccable quality reproduction of FM broadcasting is possible over a wide range of signal strengths. The IF amplifier employs 2 pairs of linear ceramic filters together with 2 transistors, and adoption of LC double tuning circuit, wide bandwidth discriminator transformer. A high gain IC makes it possible to obtain an improved phase relationship as well as excellent distortion and separation. In the MPX circuit the specially selected PLL IC is used, which automatically compensates for voltage and temperature drift etc. for many years without the need for re-alignment, so ensures good separation and low distortion. All above mentioned facts account for our meticulous care paid to overall improvement of reproduced tonal quality. Also a constant voltage supply circuit is provided at the power supply section to offer high stability against fluctuation of power supply voltage. Annexed accessories are FM high blend circuit, FM muting circuit, multipath detector and output level setter, etc. Among others the FM muting circuit is of electronic operation by means of transistor logic and FET analog audio muting, which is controlled by signal strength and accuracy of tuning centre ensuring a stable muting threshold irrespective of RF input strength, and at the same time eliminates thump noises at the time of ON/OFF operation of the muting switch. The AM section is composed by high quality variable capacitor with ceramic filter at the IF amplifier, and therefore excellent selectivity and faithful reproduction." The Vintage Knob has a page on the T-88V. The T-88V is fairly common but has sold for a wide range of prices on eBay: most often from $55-100, but as low as $30 or less and with a high of $183 in 2/14.
Luxman T-100 (1976, $250, photo) search eBay
The digital T-100 usually sells for $25-50 on eBay, with an inexplicable high of $100 in 10/07.
Luxman T-102 (1986, $330, photo) search eBay
The T-102 has wide and narrow IF bandwidth settings, a muting level control, and 20 memory presets. It usually sells for $40-70 on eBay, but one sold for $1.00 in 5/12.
Luxman T-105 (1984) search eBay
The scarce T-105 usually sells for $25-50 on eBay, with a low of $10 in 3/09.
Luxman T-110 (a/k/a T-110U) (1976, $545, photo) search eBay
Our panelist Jim said the FM-only T-110 was his favorite Luxman tuner, although he was not a big fan of "Luxmen" in general. Our panelist Bob agrees: "My assessment was that the 5-gang T-110 was the only Luxman worth looking at as well. Very overpriced it appears. Their later stuff was absolute dreck, comparable to any other crappy black tuner." Our contributor Mark H. says: "The T-110 is the best FM I've ever heard. In [my] area, even with a rooftop antenna, selectivity and rejection are non-issues, and the T-110 locks on and sounds great. Our T-117 was *never* this good, which I still suspect says more about our local stations than it does about the tuner. Music and voice both sound great on the T-110." Our contributor Pete G. says, "One thing I have noticed about this model is that it seems to hold its RF alignment fairly well. One of the reasons is because, instead of using compression trimmers on the main tuning cap the way many tuners do, this unit has relatively high quality ceramic trimmer caps. These are similar to the types of trimmer caps that you see in test equipment."
Our panelist Eric tested our tuner benefactor Kevin's T-110, which sounded OK and had a nice wooden cabinet, but its sensitivity was just average and adjacent channel selectivity was surprisingly poor. Overall, Eric expected more from a self-proclaimed "ultimate high fidelity stereo component." The T-110's front panel crosses the line where "minimalist" turns to "boring," with just a power button, mono/stereo and muting on/off buttons, a tiny stereo light and a large tuning knob. There is much more of interest on the back panel, including fixed and variable outputs, an attenuator switch for strong signals, a 75 µS/25 µS de-emphasis switch, scope outputs, and what appears to be a quadraphonic output (marked "4ch. decoder"). Kevin's unit says T-110 on the front panel and T-110U on the back. Inside is also rather minimalist, with lots of empty space despite the small cabinet size. The T-110 has 5 gangs, one 3-pin ceramic filter and two sealed black filter blocks labeled "four pole linear phase filter 10.7MHz," so it would not be a good candidate for a filter mod (except for replacing that one ceramic). On eBay the T-110 can sell for as little as $60 or so or over $400 (with a high of $520 in 12/10), but $120-150 is the most common range.
Luxman T-111 (1988, $300, photo) search eBay
The FM-AM T-111 has 20 memory presets and automatically switches to hi-blend on weak signals. The T-111 usually sells for $30-60 on eBay, with occasional lows of $10-15 and a high of $99 in 5/13.
Luxman T-115 (1981, $500, photo) search eBay
The fairly common T-115 is a beautiful tuner with a rosewood finish and champagne-gold front panel. Its front panel looks like a blending of the analog T-110 (low-profile rosewood case) with the 1977 digital 5T50 (quarter-size round tuning button on the right, a row of presets below the display on the left). The T-115 had six mechanical presets for FM and six for AM, and variable muting but only a single IF bandwidth (i.e, no switchable wide/narrow IF). In back, some, if not all, T-115s have a PAL jack that will require a PAL to F antenna adapter for use with standard coax. Our contributor PZ comments, "Luxman was taken over by Alpine in the early '80s, and their cost-cutting ended the 'rosewood era' for good. The new T-117 became another black box with lots of buttons - like a Yamaha. The T-115 marked the last low-profile rosewood tuner made by the original Lux company at the beginning of the digital era." See how one T-115 sounded compared to many top tuners on our Shootouts page. The T-115 usually sells for $60-125 on eBay, with occasional lows of $35-40 and a high of $202 in 11/12.
Luxman T-117 (1988, $600/orig $550, photo, schematic) search eBay
An extremely sensitive and moderately selective digital tuner, the T-117 has 4 gangs and 4 filters and should be easy to modify for sharper selectivity. Don Scott's review in Stereophile called it "one of the best sounding tuners ever," comparable to his reference Sansui TU-9900. Our contributor Jerry says the T-117 "is as clean as the Denon TU-767 and has sensitivity at least on par with the Yamaha T-85, but its sound is much richer than those two. I like its [sound] better than the Magnum Dynalab FT-101A or the tuner in the Magnum Dynalab 208 receiver. It is one hell of a good sounding tuner." Another contributor says he prefers the sound of the T-117 to all other tuners he's owned, including the Mac MR 78, FT-101A and others. Our contributor Mark H. observes that the T-117 "has an awful lot of buttons and tiny switches on the front AND back of it, which made me glad I had quit drinking 20 years ago."
One of the switches on the back panel enables the T-117 to tune in either 200 kHz or 25 kHz increments. Our contributor PZ reports: "According to the service manual that came with my unit, the T-117 has 4 versions. The L in 'T-117L' stands for longwave and it is sold in Germany. This is also called the SD model. Another model, EK, runs on the same European AC power and does not have LW. The Japanese JA model includes a TV tuner and runs on 100v AC. The UZ model is the US version of the EK model. In different markets, the T-117 is also known as the T-03 or T-03L. They came in either champagne gold or black finish." The T-117 usually sells for $200-300 on eBay, but as low as $120 and up to $400 are both possible. See how one T-117 sounded compared to other top tuners on our Shootouts page.
Luxman T-240 (1984, $200, photo) search eBay
The T-240 is an extremely common bottom-of-the-line tuner that we don't recommend, since so many better Luxman tuners can be purchased inexpensively on eBay, but hold the phone! Our panelist Ray kinda likes his: "Inside the T-240 I found a small sealed RF box that I'll guess has 4 varactor FM gangs. That's followed by two nice blue 230 kHz GDT filters. The detector is an LA1235 quadrature type and the MPX IC is a HA12016 that has feedback de-emphasis which calculates to 70 µS. The board has a blank provision for a 50/75 µS switch but the power transformer is single 120v primary. Tuning is only done in .2 MHz leaps but the tuner is surprisingly sensitive off a 30' wire. It seems to pull as hard as some of my big boys when on the bench. Plugged into my workbench system, which recently inherited a subwoofer thingy, it sounds pretty darn good. All told, I would say the bottom of Luxman's barrel ain't all that bad." Ray added some technical comments: "Stock it has a time constant of 68.5 µS with the expected shelf above 2 kHz of +.55 dB. On the bottom it's -0.10 at 40 Hz, -0.60 at 20 Hz and -2.1 at 10 Hz... not bad. The feedback deemphasis caps were .0015 µF so I put 100 pFs across each one. This brought the T.C. to 73 µS and the response leveled to +0.10 dB. This tuner must have good pilot filters as I see no impingement at 15 kHz, but a 19 kHz signal goes waaay South. Through my workbench system it now sounds virtually the same as my workhorse modded Technics ST-S707, and that ain't bad at all."
Luxman's marketing materials list the following features: "FM/AM Digital Synthesized Tuning; High Energy PLL Circuit; Spectrum Front End AGC Circuit; High selectivity IF Filter; 16 FM/8 AM Station Preset Memory; Memory Scan; Preset Channel Display; FL Frequency Display; Memory Back-up Battery System; Up/Down Switch; Memory Store Switch; Muting/Mono Switch; FM/AM Change switch; Memory A/B Change Switch; 8 Preset Switch. The T-240 Tuner features Luxman's exclusive High Energy PLL Circuit as well as newly designed spectrum front end circuitry, which provides superb, stable, accurate tuning, good receiving qualities and an excellent signal-to-noise ratio." The T-240's specs are actually pretty good for a cheapie tuner: Usable sensitivity 10.3 dBf; 50 dB quieting sensitivity, mono, 13.7 dBf; alternate channel selectivity 80 dB; S/N ratio, stereo, 74 dB; stereo separation, 1 kHz, 50 dB; capture ratio 1.5 dB; IF and spurious response ratios, both 100 dB; stereo distortion at 65 dBf, 0.1%; frequency response 30 to 15 kHz +/- 0.5 dB. The T-240 very rarely sells for more than $40 on eBay, and one even went for $2.25 in 1/09. A "new old stock" T-240 went for $76 in 7/08, and two lunatics bid up the price of a garden-variety one from $25 to $202 in 3/09.
Luxman T-310 (a/k/a T-310U) (1976, $595, photo) search eBay
The T-310 is a fairly sensitive 4-gang tuner that was one of Luxman's better models. It has an adjustable muting threshold and good sound overall, but our contributor John says its highs are not as extended as its bass. John also found the T-310's stereo separation to be comparable to that of the Kenwood KT-8300, but not as good as the Magnum FT-101 or Sansui TU-717. The T-310 has 3 gangs in its above-average AM section. The T-310 and T-310U usually sell for $100-165 on eBay, with occasional lows around $60 and highs of up to $200. The all-time high is $360 in 7/02. The cosmetically similar 4-gang T-300 (a/k/a T-300U) usually sells for $80-140 on eBay, with a high of $189 in 12/15. We don't know how similar the T-300 is to the T-310 electronically (our panelist Bob says there are "minor differences, one had Dolby - sold at the same time, but it appears the T-300 was first").
Luxman T-400 (1981, $300, photo) search eBay
The very common T-400 usually sells for $50-135 on eBay, with an all-time low of $16 in 1/08 and an all-time high of $175 in 5/10.
Luxman T-450 (1982, $400, photo) search eBay
The very common T-450 is an FM-AM tuner with an attractive wood cabinet. It features an Acculock "Accurate Touch" tuning system that triggers a mechanical lock on the tuning knob when the exact center tuning point is found. The Acculock system can be defeated by a push button on the front panel. The T-450 usually sells for $60-100 on eBay, but occasional highs up to $175-200 are possible.
Luxman T-530 (1984, photo) search eBay
The European T-530 was identical to the T-02 listed above except for voltage settings and tuning increments for FM and AM. Our contributor Thomas reports, "The T-530 was sold in Europe from 1984 to 1988 and is a forerunner of the recommended T-03 [the international version of the T-117 - Editor]. The T-530 was sold with extra wooden enclosure, too. The T-530 features the LA-3390 MPX decoder and a discrete audiostage, and its build quality is higher compared to later Luxman gear." The T-530 can sell for anywhere from $55 (in 6/05) to $245 in 12/05 or $258 in 8/07 on eBay.
Luxman T-550 (a/k/a T-550U) (1973, photo) search eBay
The T-550 (T-550U) has 4 FM gangs and 3 AM gangs. It usually sells for $75-120 on eBay.
Luxman TP-117 (1988, $1,250, Stereo Review review) search eBay
The fairly common TP-117 tuner-preamp usually sells for $200-280 on eBay. A TP-117 with original box and manuals went for $382 in 1/13, and the all-time high was a bizarre $456 in 1/04. Sale prices of under $100 are possible, especially if the remote (necessary for some functions) is missing.
Luxman TX-101 (1982, $350, photo) search eBay
The TX-101, which has wide and narrow IF bandwidth settings, usually sells for just $15-40 on eBay. The all-time high was $163 in 8/13.