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The Black Swan


One word, RESOLUTION. This head amp is a real beast of beauty. The ability to set every sound in it without halo, yet still make it all into a whole is fantastic. I’ve tried to break it again and again and I can’t. I love it over what I have now. This is one of those things you almost don’t want to know the specs, as it SOUNDS so right.

Galen Garies, Audiophile and Engineer

Black swan

A sonically exquisite Phono Preamplifier featuring the lowest-noise which reveals the most refined resolution and detail.  The Black Swan’s extraordinary front panel cartridge loading technology permits the personalization of cartridge performance and the ability to explore the full character of the turntable to cartridge interactions.

The Black Swan’s gain stages offer a very fast and clear yet neutral sonic image featuring passive RIAA equalization and no global feedback thus rendering incredible resolution without the sonic confinement found generally in most RIAA Equalized head-amplifiers.

The Black Swan’s cartridge loading technology permits control of the timbre of the cartridge allowing the ‘tweaking’ of its performance. This provides control of the subtle cartridge mechanical interactions with the record groove walls for individual record mastering and pressing characteristics and variations. See our white paper, "Get Your Cartridge Loaded For Better Listening" for a more in-depth explanation. This is all about the soulful experience of music, the ‘eargasm’ is why you love the music you listen to.

Performance Keys

The combination of these three errors disturbs the perceived sound space of the recording. These errors confuse your ears and auditory system with ‘stuff’ that was not there in the recording process.

Black Swan Specifications

  Mode of use    
Specification Moving Coil Moving magnet  
(+10dB) 46dB (58 dB Balanced) 32dB (52 dB Balanced) 1 kHz
+20 62dB (68 dB Bal) 42dB (48dB Bal) "
+30 72dB (78 dB Bal) 52dB (58dB Bal) "
+40 82dB (88 dB Bal) 52dB (58dB Bal) "
+50 92dB (98 dB Bal) 62dB (68dB Bal) "
+60 100dB (106 dB Bal) 72dB (78dB Bal) "
RIAA Response 0.1 dB 20 Hz - 20 kHz 0.1 dB 20 Hz - 20 kHz  
Inputs 2 2  
Noise Floor dBV +10 dB) -92 dBv (25 uVRMS) -72 dBv (250 uVRMS) Shorted input
Unweighted Dymanic Range 95 dB 80dB Shorted input
Distortion <0.001% THD <0.01%THD  
Input Impedance unloaded 34 pF 34 pF  
Capacity loading     Step
Resistance Loading 30 kOhms to 130 kOhms 20 Ohms to 1020 Ohms Continuous
Maximum Output 6.8 VRMS (13.6 VRMS Bal) 6.8 VRMS (13.6 VRMS Bal)  

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