Best phono preamplifier for the budget
The Lehmann Audio Black Cube is a classic among phono preamps. Since its product launch in 1995 it has enjoyed cult status with a vast number of record lovers, causing a sensation in the specialized press with its compact dimensions and marvelous sound. For less than 500 euro this phono preamp was about the best value for money out there.
Since the Black Cube was the first phono preamp released by Lehmann Audio, different offsprings came into existence.
There are a couple of improved versions of the Black Cube such as the “improved” and the “SE” versions.
There is also an even more budget friendly version: the Statement.
Regardless of model, they all deliver a top performance, especially considering the budget friendly price of these units.
Below you can find related articles and reviews of this cult classic:
Lehmann Audio Black Cube
“The Black Cube, though still a new kid in the block, can be easily considered a “classic”, a challenge for every HiFi manufacturer. It was extremely good, it has been bettered in some area, not an easy task.” -Lucio Cadeddu, TNT Audio (january 2001, review of the Black Cube)
Lehmann Audio Black Cube Statement
“You can certainly tell that phono preamps are Lehmann’s speciality when putting it through its paces. Instruments and vocals sounded accurate, having a ‘studiolike’ honesty.” – Hifi News (january 2012, review of the Black Cube Statement version)
Lehmann Audio Black Cube SE
“Although it’s been quite a while since I’ve heard the original Black Cube, and my system has undergone some changes since that time, the Black Cube SE struck me as a much more accomplished overall performer. The SE retained all of the strong points of the original Black Cube while improving upon some of its weaknesses, including the original’s slightly bright presentation when pushed hard and its penchant for thinning out midrange textures. The SE was also extremely lively and dynamic and had excellent bass extension, no doubt due to the addition of the considerably beefier PWX power supply.” – Andrew Chasin, SoundStage! (june 2003, review of the Black Cube SE)
Lehmann Audio Black Cube SE II
“The SE II managed to be sweet and supple without sounding soft or ill-defined. It’s bass control in context of the entire sonic picture was ideal. In the attack-sustain-decay department, which I think is key to defining and describing sonics, the Cube produced a graceful, yet precise attack, a generous sustain unusual at this price point and with its coal-black backgrounds, decay generosity and resolution befitting a far more expensive phono preamplifier.” – Michael Fremer, Analog Planet (december 2013, review of the Black Cube SE II)
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