Lehmann Audio Black Cube SE II Phono Preamp
Lehmann has introduced half a dozen different phono stages to a
very demanding market and have built a reputation merely from their
performance. The Black Cube SE II comes with top notch technology
that points towards higher price points. The input stages used in the
this device can also be found in top notch mixing consoles or in well
known professional microphone preamps. The entirely passive RIAA
equalization network is realized with high precision foil capacitors to
realize an artefact-free transport of microdynamics and room
information. The switches for gain and load settings have gold plated
connectors for reliable performance.
"This is a true audiophile phono stage and, partnered with equipment of equal quality, the results are remarkable."
– Hifi News
The maximum gain of the Black Cube SE II is high enough for even
very low output MC cartridges. Cartridge adaption itself is totally
flexible because gain and lading can be chosen independently from each
other. To top this all off, there is a slot for a custom impedance
resistor, so that even the most exotic MC cartridges can be loaded
adequately without having to buy expensive impedance plugs. No soldering
needed. Because of the small outer dimensions, the Black Cube SE II's audio section can be placed next to the turntable. This minimizes loss due to cable length.
The cable between power supply and audio section is shielded and ensures
flexible placement of audio section and power supply. The cases of both
the power supply and the audio section are made of non-magnetic
aluminum; additionally equipped with a top cover coated with a special
anti-resonance treatment for better suppression of microphonic effects.
A brand new feature that is built into the Black Cube SE II is
the entirely passive bass filter, that is a great help when tailoring
the lower corner frequency of the vinyl reproduction to personal needs.
16 different filter curves can be realized.