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EE 27th August 2009 02:20 AM

Luxmann L-410 problem - noise
Hi everyone,

my old Luxmann L-410 is suddenly making problems.

Its idle noise has slowly increased over the last weeks... I can now clearly hear a hiss in my listening chair, about 3 metres away from the speakers. It has been dead silent before. Also, it has become extremely sensitive to other devices being switched on or off. Everytime the fridge goes off next door, I can hear a loud "click" and see the membrane of the woofer move outwards. The same happens when I switch off the lights somewhere in the room. Sometimes it "clicks" with no appearant reason - could it be that it's also sensitive to what happens at the neighbour's flat?!

I am absolutely sure I didn't change anything in my setup. Also, I checked whether the problem remains with the volume turned all the way down and with all cables removed except mains and speakers - it does.

Any idea what could be wrong? Is this old amplifier dying?


east electronics 27th August 2009 05:43 AM

you might have mecano issues loose contacts or grounds
you might have recaping issues ( small electrolytics are dried out inside the amp )
you might have cleaning issues switches and pots inside are dirty or very dirty

take a look at this .... a vintage amplifier repair and upgrade manual

hew128 2nd September 2009 01:44 PM

Hi EE,

Sounds like a similar problem my L410 had. Additional "problem" was when I push the SPKR-A/B button in, there was a loud sharp thud sound. Was also super hot when it was on. Had a electronics burn smell as well - bad capacitor and the transistors.

Sent to a local repair shop twice and now works like new!

Problem was solved for my L410 when all the transistors were replaced. I recapped it myself and now works like a treat w/o the bad smell.

tricomp 4th September 2009 08:33 AM


At least you could investigate if the problem (Hiss) is comming from the pre- or the mainamplifier.
As I remember the L410 has a Pre-Out / Main-In provision that can be bypassed with a switch. If you have nothing external connected between the OUT/IN RCA's your switch must be set for the bypass mode. Put it in the opposite position to disconnect the pre-amp.
Did the hiss go away? If so, obviously you should look in the pre-amp section for the fault. If there's still noise, the main-amp is defective. Could be bad electrolytic cap's, could be any transistor, could be .... well, your guess is as good as mine.
..only MY guess during a repair would be founded a bit on looking through the service-manual ;) PM me with your e-mail address if you need more info.



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