Luxman of Japan has announced their new moving coil cartridge, the Luxman LMC-5, scheduled to be released at the end of April 2021.


The Luxman LMC-5 is the brand’s first for almost 40 years since the LMC-1 was launched in 1981 and the LMC-2 in 1982.

Luxman LMC-5 Moving Coil Cartridge

The Luxman LMC-5 Moving Coil Cartridge

Luxman told us: “During the development of the LMC-5, we have focused on the stylus and cantilever to enable reliable groove reading, picking up the most delicate music signals engraved on the record. The carefully crafted body firmly supports every movement and suppresses deformation and squeal. We have thoroughly reviewed the materials and structures for the main parts that make up each channel’s audio transmission stage, such as the linear energy generation engine that converts vibrations to electrical signals. By repeating trial production runs to fine tune details, we ensured that development procedures followed the development work on other components such our amplifiers, successfully achieving high fidelity analogue record playback”.

Luxman LMC-5 Moving Coil Cartridge

The Luxman LMC-5 comes in Luxman Red


Stylus and power generation circuit:

The power generation mechanism is a moving coil (MC) type, reducing the weight of the armature.

The SHIBATA needle has less audible noise and the aluminium cantilever has a neutral tone.

Reduced cross-channel sensitivity with directly wound cross mounted coils, to which the L/R power generation coils are wound symmetrically.

Circuit structure with minimal loop area reduces external noise.

The UEW coil wire has a radius of 30μm, the thinnest in the range, and is resistant to breakage while ensuring coil winding direction.

Low-distortion structure, using a single point piano wire support method.

Body structure and design:

Next to the stylus unit, there is an outer wall protecting the cantilever.

Structural chassis with inverted oval curves to reduce resonance and reflections.

A carefully pared down body structure with minimal outer wall weight as a resonance countermeasure.

Alumite body design dyed deep red.

Luxman LMC-5 Moving Coil Cartridge

The Luxman LMC-5 Moving Coil Cartridge mounted on a headshell


Power generation method MC (MOVING COIL)

Inner impedance 4.7Ω (1kHz)

Appropriate stylus pressure 2.1 to 2.3g (2.2g as standard)

Output voltage 0.4mV (1kHz、3.54cm/sec.)

Playback frequency range 10Hz to 35kHz

Channel separation/balance 28dB (1kHz)/0.5dB (1kHz)

Recommended load resistance (when head amp is connected) 40Ω or more

Recommended load resistance (when connecting a step-up transformer) 2.5 to 10Ω

Dynamic compliance 8×10-6cm/dyne (100Hz)

Needle tip/shape Solid diamond/SHIBATA needle

Cantilever Φ0.5mm aluminium

Vertical tracking angle 25°

Magnet Samarium-cobalt magnet BH20

Coil 30μm UEW

Terminal Φ1.2mm、White:L(+)/Blue:L(-)/Red:R(+)/Green:R(-)

Magnetic circuit components Pure iron

Body Aluminium A6063

Dimension, Cartridge mounting hole 17.0(W)×18.3(H)×21.3(D) mm (excluding terminals) M2.6mm ×2

Weight 8.5g

Accessories: Owner’s manual, Head shell mounting screws and washers, hexagon wrench, stylus cover. (Cartridge shell and lead wire are not included)

Luxman LMC-5 Moving Coil Cartridge

Luxman LMC-5 Moving Coil Cartridge mounted for use


Launching end April/start May 2021, SRP is 2,150 Euro

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