Luxman America is aiming squarely at vinyl enthusiasts with the announcement of U.S. sale of its PD-151 belt-drive turntable. Its design, according to the company, is based on the Luxman PD-171A, which was introduced in 2014 and continues in the line at nearly $7,000. Jeff Sigmund, Luxman America president, explains that “the PD-151 is poised to introduce Luxman turntables to even more music-lovers” with a price point a little more than half that of the earlier model, at $3,895. The turntable received its international debut in November at the Tokyo International Audio Show.
The PD-151 offers robust, anti-resonant build quality, with its 10mm-thick aluminum top plate and 4kg (8.8-pound) platter. It further incorporates a DC brushless motor and provides three speeds of play with independent pitch adjustment.
To maintain precise platter speed, the turntable includes a sine wave/Pulse Width Modulation power supply, for stable direct current flow to the DC brushless motor. This high-torque motor is said to continually monitor and maintain speed with a Proportional-Integral-Derivative (PID) feedback control loop. The motor drives the outside flange of the platter through a wide belt, identical to the one used on the PD-171A. Added rotational stability is provided via the platter itself, which Luxman says acts as a flywheel with high moment of inertia, to suppress even minuscule speed variations.
The machined aluminum platter is finished with a diamond-cut surface, and is built with bearings capable of sustaining high pressure, for stable rotation characteristics and a wow & flutter spec of less than 0.04 percent, weighted RMS.
Other features: a high-precision Jelco tonearm with specs dictated by Luxmans; oxygen-free copper wiring; a magnesium alloy headshell and detachable IEC power cord. Optional accessories include a dust cover and a second tonearm counterweight.