How do you like the Headphone Section in your Luxmans?

I don’t use headphones a whole lot and only used them once since I got my Luxman 505UXII until the other night. I decided to break out my Grado SR125s and spin a few discs. I was really surprised at the sound. I listen more to Bass than other instruments and the tone and resonance of the bass lines were really good. So, wondering how other Luxman owners like and rate the onboard Headphone section? I am assuming aside from tiny tweaks, the HP section is pretty similar thru the 5XX line. What would it cost to better it with an outboard HP Amp?




Next time I drop by my dealer, I’ll bring a set of headphones and listen to a Luxman. But my experience with several other… and more expensive integrated amps has been their headphone section is very poor quality. They have apparently been thrown in to have one. Maybe Luxman is different… but I doubt it.

I have owned well over a dozen headphone amps varying from a couple hundred bucks with four over $1,000, in pursuit of great sound. Once I found Woo headphone amps, I have never considered anything else. Incredibly natural… and some very powerful like my WA-5 that can power speakers if you want. This will take control of any headphones and get the most out of them.

Best thing. Go try a good headphone amp. They can be a real revelation.

@jim204  I have a P-750u as well. Yes, it is among the best. So is my Ampsandsound Nautilus. The Nautilus ought to be good, it weighs twice as much and costs twice as much (not that weight and cost are necessarily determinative of anything). 

@fsonicsmith1  I have been looking at your Nautilus and it certainly looks an impressive beast . Is it both single ended and balanced ? I am probably going to huff a few people here but I'm not a fan of valve equipment so each to their own I suppose. I do hope you enjoy yours. 

Being an SET design, by it's circuit design it can only be single ended. SET stands for single ended triode referring to not being push-pull. The two sound different in ways that are consistent with their respective designs. The Nautilus sounds purer, richer and less "processed", the Luxman has a characteristic house sound of a pleasant silky smoothness with great extension and evenness at the frequency extremes. They are both great. I would not get rid of either and if forced to, it would be very hard to give up one irrespective of money. 

@fsonicsmith1 Yes I I do know and understand about SET equiptment as I grew up in an age when at one time everything was valve and to tell the truth I was glad when they started to introduce solid state . Like Compact disc the sound at first left a lot to be desired and for me it was the eighties before I thought solid state was acceptable. I used to have a friend who was a BBC recording engineer and I have been present at sessions he did in various churches and recording studios in Edinburgh and Glasgow . I used to hear direct feeds from the tape deck on headphones and I still have never heard anything to come near be it from from Vinyl CD or streaming that gave me that I am there getting those frequency extensions without resorting to distortion or stridency. We are still only getting approximations of performances and as long as we have mics miles of wires computers and amps and speakers all adding their distortions then we will still not be happy with home entertainment from boxes. This is why my go to system is headphone only with DSD files from various vendors and my bespoke replay system.