Lehmann Audio Black Cube SE II Sven Väth Limited phono preamplifier

Sven Väth limited edition

7” single, poster print signed

MC/MM preamplifier

Adjustable gain and load

External power supply

Made in Germany

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Manufacturer : LEHMANN AUDIO

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Description

Since its introduction on the audio market in 1995, the Lehmann Audio Black Cube has become a legend among analogue lovers. It has undergone some modifications since then… until reaching its “final” version: the Black Cube SE II.

The German manufacturer worked in collaboration with DJ Sven Väth on a limited and improved version of the famous Black Cube SE II.

LEHMANN AUDIO BLACK CUBE SE II SVEN VÄTH: CHASSIS

The Black Cube SE II Sven Väth edition has a special appearance as well. The matt black front bears the Lehmann Audio orange logo print. The lettering Lehmann Audio X Sven Väth stands for the cooperation of the legendary DJ and the brand.

The power indicator is also an orange LED too.

The original Neutrik XLR plug for the connection between the power supply and the audio part features gold-plated contacts. It is decorated with an orange identification ring.

The Lehmann Audio Black Cube SE II Sven Väth phono stage only comes with a matt black brushed aluminium front panel.

The device and power supply housings are made of a specific non-magnetic aluminium alloy which underwent anti-resonance treatment, thus drastically reducing microphony.

LEHMANN AUDIO BLACK CUBE SE II SVEN VÄTH: ELECTRONICS

The electrical circuit comes with new input stages originating from the professional sector. The components are similar to those used in the microphone preamplifiers of mixing consoles. The RIAA equalisation and correction part is fully passive. Instead of normal MKP capacitors, Lehmann employs very high-end Mundorf caps on this limited edition. These components known for their manufacturing quality and musicality are used on the circuit’s output stage. They are associated with high precision, low tolerance and low noise metal resistors.

LEHMANN AUDIO BLACK CUBE SE II SVEN VÄTH: SETTINGS

Of course, the Black Cube SE II Sven Väth phono preamplifier is compatible with MM cartridgeslow and high output MC cartridges. To do so, you can adjust gain (36, 46, 56, 66 dB) and impedance (47k, 1k, 100 Ω + Custom) independently. The custom slot activates the precision resistor of your choice placed (seamless) on the circuit.

The Lehmann Audio Black Cube SE II Sven Väth features a bass filter with 16 settings between 7 Hz and 90 Hz.

LEHMANN AUDIO BLACK CUBE SE II SVEN VÄTH: POWER SUPPLY

The Black Cube SE II Sven Väth phono preamp is supplied with the Lehmann Audio PWX power supply, so that everything works perfectly.

It is organised around a superb 30 VA toroidal transformer which has the particularity of having a grounded winding, fully isolating the primary winding from the second. Filtering is ensured by four high-value chemical capacitors with a regulation circuit guaranteeing steady voltage. The PWX power supply is very large considering its function.

LEHMANN AUDIO BLACK CUBE SE II SVEN VÄTH: TESTING AND LISTENING

Just like all good phono stages, the Black Cube SE II Sven Väth requires around 20 hours under tension and, above all, several days of run-in.

All the qualities of the standard version are present: magnificent timbre with near-perfect balance. If transparency was already marvellous, it’s even better now and evenly distributed across the entire sound spectrum. You can’t do better in this price range.

Dynamics seem to have been enhanced and transient reproduction is particularly astonishing. It plays a big role in the realism and sound reproduction.

There’s also an excellent low end of the spectrum with astonishing rigour and articulation, and even able to show nuance and nuance when necessary.

The soundstage is not the most demonstrative there is, but it is realistic and the placement of music stands is very precise and stable.

Improving a near perfect product is no easy feat. But Norbert Lehmann managed to do it with realism.

The Black Cube SE II Sven Väth phono stage provides superb musicality and outstanding performance!

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The Black Cube SE II Sven Väth phono stage is delivered exclusively with:

  • •a 7” (45 rpm) single with two tracks by Sven Väth:

Side A: Electrica Salsa
Side B: Celebrations

  • •A DIN A4 poster signed in print on especially high-quality paper

*Sven Väth is a German DJ, musician and producer who began his international career in 1985. He’s a world reference for the Techno and Electro genres. His career is one of the longest in History as a DJ (over 35 years!). He’s most certainly the greatest DJ in Berlin.

Franck

Compatibility: MM, low and high output MC cartridges

MM sensitivity: 3.8 mV / 1 kHz

MC sensitivity: 0.38 mV / 1 kHz

MM maximum input level: 45 mV

MC maximum input level: 4.5 mV

Gain: 36, 46, 56, 66 dB

Impedance: 47 kΩ, 1 kΩ, 100 Ω + Custom

Input capacitance: 100 pF

Bass filter: 16 settings between 7 Hz and 90 Hz

RIAA equalisation: passive

Channel separation: > 80 dB at 10 kHz

Signal-to-noise ratio: 71 dB MM / 63 dB MC

Channel mismatch: 0.5 dB max

Power supply: external

Power consumption: < 3 W

Fuse: 250 mA T

Preamplifier dimensions: 114 x 124 x 50 mm

Power supply dimensions: 233 x 93 x 45 mm

Preamplifier weight: 400 g

Power supply weight: 1,000 g

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Lehmann Audio Black Cube SE II Sven Väth Limited phono preamplifier

Lehmann Audio Black Cube SE II Sven Väth Limited phono preamplifier

Sven Väth limited edition

7” single, poster print signed

MC/MM preamplifier

Adjustable gain and load

External power supply

Made in Germany

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