NEW AND IMPROVED CUSTOM LUXMAN TONEARM WITH UNIVERSAL HEAD SHELL
The PD-151mkII was developed for the music listener to fully enjoy the luxurious audio experience unique to analog, with vinyl phonograph records continuing popularity as an attractive music playback medium. Inheriting that model’s excellent.
Inheriting the PD-151A’s excellent performance and functional beauty while featuring a new, highly sensitive original specification tonearm, is the highly anticipated new model. The PD-151 MARK-II has arrived as a new benchmark for belt-drive integrated analog players. We deliver genuine analog vinyl playback excellence, inviting the listener into a world different from digital audio.
Luxman's belt-driven PD-151 MkII achieves both rigidity and vibration dampening by attaching heavy components to the underside of a 10mm aluminum top panel. A box-shaped chassis on the underside also houses a framework structure that controls small vibrations, the crosspiece being the top panel.
The PD-151 MkII is equipped with Luxman's S-shaped LTA-309 tonearm with knife-edge bearing tech developed by SAEC and an H4 bayonet headshell. The arm has an effective length of 222.5mm and an 18mm overhang. The armbase is machined aluminum, boasts a minimal contact area, and is mounted in a way that suppresses unwanted vibrations, we are told. As well as adjustments for anti-skating and stylus pressure, the LTA-309 can also be adjusted for arm height.
A DC brushless low-speed, high-torque motor is controlled by a Proportional Integral Differential (PID) feedback loop. Furthermore, for added precision, according to Luxman, the motor drives the outside flange of the 4kg aluminum platter through an “uncommonly wide belt” for stable 33.3, 45, and 78RPM playback via a speed selector on the front of the turntable where you will also find pitch adjustment, start/stop and power controls. Wow and flutter is stated as 0.04% or less (WRMS).
The spindle supporting the platter is a highly rigid, 16mm diameter, hard stainless-steel shaft with bearings at the lower end. The bearing structure combines a thrust bearing lubricated with PEEK material and a brass radial bearing filled with organic molybdenum oil. You also get a turntable mat constructed from “special vibration-absorbing rubber material”.