Luxman CL-38uC
Luxman CL-38uC
Luxman CL-38uC

Luxman CL-38uC: Powerful preamplifier with a retro design

Luxman CL-38uC is a tube preamplifier that is an update of one of the classic models of this company, popular among music lovers around the world. The device features a chic retro design that combines metal and wood, as well as an original design of the front panel with characteristic operating mode switches. The build quality of the Luxman CL-38uC is impeccable and with a standard 440mm width it will look great in any setup. However, this model will look especially natural with the MQ-88uC power amplifier, which is most closely matched in terms of sound characteristics.


The amplifier has tone control for low and high frequencies, with the ability to switch tuning ranges. The Luxman CL-38uC also features a low-pass filter to eliminate interference. In addition to Phono, the device is equipped with three linear unbalanced inputs and one balanced (made with a high-quality matching transformer), input/output for a recording device and two stereo outputs for power amplifiers. Luxman CL-38uC is equipped with a miniature remote control in a metal case, which allows you to adjust the sound volume.


Beneath the outer wooden body of the Luxman CL-38uC lies a metal chassis that reliably protects its circuitry from vibrations and electrical interference. The preamplifier is built using the well-proven SRPP circuit for all stages, which allows you to obtain maximum sound quality in class A. The preamplifier circuit uses selected audiophile-grade components – JJ Electronic tubes, Nichikon capacitors. The device is equipped with a built-in phono stage for MM and MC pickups, which provides accurate RIAA correction and is suitable for most cartridge models. The MC heads are connected via a built-in step-up transformer, and independent gain switching is provided for precise matching with different pickups.


The Luxman CL-38uC preamplifier is designed for music lovers who place high demands not only on the sound quality of Hi-Fi equipment, but also on its appearance, and can rightfully be classified as a premium class model. A companion for the Luxman CL-38uC will be the branded power amplifier Luxman MQ-88u, ideally matched with it .

Luxman CL-38uC Characteristics:

  1. Tubes: ECC83S x 3, ECC82 x 5
  2. Circuit Design: SRPP (Shunt Regulated Push-Pull)
  3. Inputs: XLR, 3 line RCA, Phono (MM/MC), for recorder
  4. Frequency Range:
    • Phono: 20 Hz – 20 kHz
    • Line: 10 Hz – 70 kHz
  5. Signal/Noise Ratio:
    • MC: 63 dB
    • MM: 68 dB
    • Line: 100 dB
  6. Sensitivity/Impedance:
    • MC: 0.33 mV/100 Ohm
    • MM: 2 mV/47 kOhm
    • Line: 190 mV/47 kOhm
  7. Harmonic Distortion: Less than 0.006% (1 kHz)
  8. Tone Control: ± 8 dB, LF: 150, 300, 600 Hz, HF: 1.5 kHz, 3 kHz, 6 kHz
  9. Low-Pass Filter: 30 Hz (-6 dB)
  10. Remote Control: Available for volume control, Mute
  11. Dimensions (W x H x D): 440 x 169 x 307 mm
  12. Weight: 13.3 kg

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