When it was marketed in 1995, Lehmann Audio’s Black Cube soon became a true legend for analogue lovers. Over the years, it underwent a few changes and upgrades… The new 'Special Edition 2’ variant of the Lehmann Audio Black Cube is very distinctive with its beautiful brushed aluminium front panel and natural or black finish. The housing and power supply housing are crafted in a special non-magnetic aluminium alloy that has undergone antiresonance treatment to minimise microphonics. The circuit has two new input stages inspired by the professional industry. It uses the same components as those used on micro preamps and studio consoles. The RIAA curve equalization and correction are entirely passive. It uses MKT capacitors and resistors with high precision, low tolerance and low noise metal layers.
To make it compatible with ALL cartridges, the gain and impedance selection are completely separate. It features an exclusive innovation. Its subsonic filter (bass) is adjustable and 16 different filter curves are available. For best performance, Lehmann Audio has added a mighty power supply unit! The completely oversized system is housed in a massive unit. It is combined with a great 30 VA toroid transformer that typically features a grounded winding, for full primary and secondary isolation. Filtering is done by four high value chemical capacitors and a regulation circuit filter, which delivers a steady voltage.
When switched on for twenty hours and following a break-in period of a few days, this phono preamplifier boasts rare musicality! For this price, the transparency is unprecedented and often superior to higher end models. Only battery powered phono preamps seem a match to this Lehmann Audio Black Cube SE II in terms of criteria. Amazing musician and instrument placement. The bass is very deep with an amazing consistency and articulation. The dynamics span over the entire frequency response with incredible nuance. It is assertive and strong when necessary, but it can also be subtle on the most delicate pieces. The sound stage is very wide and deep and every instrument section is in its place. The quality emanating from this Black Cube SE II is so good that it can be paired with phono cartridges worth at least five times its price!
For over 15 years the Black Cube has been considered as a reference by many music lovers and the specialist press. To date, this version is Lehmann Audio’s finest. It is superior to the previous versions on all objective and subjective accounts. We consider that this Lehmann Audio Black Cube SE II is one of the top 10 phono preamplifiers that we have ever heard, irrespective of technology and price.
A major find with outstanding musicality. great job!’
Hi-Fi News - Editor's Choice - 2010 Franck
Compatibility: MM, MC
Gain selection: 36, 46, 56, 66 dB
Impedance: 47K, 1K, 100R
Subsonic filter: 6 dB/Octave at 60hz
RIAA equalization: Passive
Channel separation: 80 dB
Signal-to-noise ratio: 71 dB MM/63 dB MC
Power supply: outboard
Dimension: 114x124x44 mm
Power supply dimension: 233x93x45 mm
Preamplifier weight: 400 g
Power supply weight: 1,000 g