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I'm using the Lehmann audio Black Cube Linear USB connected to a MacBookPro and Grado RS1i to listen to music at the office.

 

Now I am planning to buy a similar system for home. I could buy exactly the same system but I would like to try something different (and better).

 

What's the best alternative to the Lehmann audio Black Cube Linear USB (i.e. DAC + headphone amplifier) in a single or multiple components up to 3.000€?

 

Thanks, Pedro

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You  might want to look at BCL clones. The Lovely Cube is, apparently, a straight-up clone of the Lehmann, whereas the Matrix M-Stage is more 'inspired' by the Black Cube Linear. Both will cost you significantly less than an actual BCL, and far, far less than your 3000€ budget.

 

As far as I know, both the Lovely Cube and Matrix M-Stage are pure amps, however, so you'll need to pick a DAC to compliment either.

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As I am looking for something different (and better), to develop my sensitivity to different equipments,  I would avoid the clones.

 

My initial alternative solutions are:

 

  1. Buy a very good DAC (HRT Music Streamer II+  ???) and reutilize a Project HeadBox II (I already have) to amp the Grado RS1i at home; Buy Beyerdinamic T1 to use at the office with the Lehmann.
  2. Buy Beyerdinamic T1 to use at home together with the following alternative DAC + Amp systems:
  • Meier Symphony 2;
  • Meier Concerto & Meier Stagedac;
  • HRT Music Streamer II+ & SPL Auditor or Phonitor.

 

Which one of these solutions would you choose? Is there a better solution not listed here?

 

Thanks a lot. I'm new to HiFi and so any feed-back is valuable to me.

 

Pedro

post #4 of 10

Sorry, I must have missed that bit about wanting something different. I'm afraid I've never dabbled in gear quite as hi-end as the components you've mentioned (such as the T1 and Concerto), so I can't give you much advice there.

 

Perhaps you could ask in the amp or full-sized headphone forums? This equipment sub-forum is mainly for Dedicated Source Components, so I have a feeling that most of the advice in here will be regarding turntables, CD players, that sort of thing.

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I know this is a rather late response, but I found this thread while looking for anyone else using the Lehmann Black Cube usb (which I am a fan of!)

 

I think when considering new equipment, one of the most important things to consider is the type of music that one enjoys listening to. I am a believer that no equipment can do everything well - many, yes, but not everything.

 

What kind of music do you usually listen to?

 

post #6 of 10
Is there a Lovely Cube USB version?
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post #7 of 10
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Originally Posted by HiFiGuy528 View Post

Is there a Lovely Cube USB version?


http://www.alicemagicbox.com/lasercollection/lovelycubepremium.html

post #8 of 10
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Originally Posted by PedroH View Post

As I am looking for something different (and better), to develop my sensitivity to different equipments,  I would avoid the clones.

 

My initial alternative solutions are:

 

  1. Buy a very good DAC (HRT Music Streamer II+  ???) and reutilize a Project HeadBox II (I already have) to amp the Grado RS1i at home; Buy Beyerdinamic T1 to use at the office with the Lehmann.
  2. Buy Beyerdinamic T1 to use at home together with the following alternative DAC + Amp systems:
  • Meier Symphony 2;
  • Meier Concerto & Meier Stagedac;
  • HRT Music Streamer II+ & SPL Auditor or Phonitor.

 

Which one of these solutions would you choose? Is there a better solution not listed here?

 

Thanks a lot. I'm new to HiFi and so any feed-back is valuable to me.

 

Pedro

I have tried a few but not all the components listed below but going objectively(and reading a lot), if I had 3000 euros, I would definitely buy one of these with my awesome(future) phones.

 

Nice DAC options:

Violectric V800(its a DAC only), Benchmark DAC1(DAC+amp) <-----neutral DACs

Centrance DACport LX(it is similar and probably less prone to crashing computers),<----- small and neutral, similar to HRT MS II+ features wise

DACmini CX/ DACmini PX(comes with speaker outs)<------- slightly coloured without the 1 ohm mod DAC+amp

Lavry DA11<---- probably slightly coloured headphone out,comes with Playback Image Control

 

Combos to consider:

Smyth Research Realiser A8 with Stax 2170 system for 3.6 euro more for a out of head experience,

The crazy offer that Headroom is having right now for their HD800 system.

Or if headphones are not neccessary, the Centrance audiophile Desktop is a good choice if you know how to deal with a little EQ or room acoustics.

 

Amps:

SPL Phonitor(I like), Auditor,

Bottlehead Crack(quite nice for the money I say),

Violectric V200/V90/V181(actually the V90 is more than enough for the T1/HD800, the damping factor is way over the top with the other models)

Or if you really like the Black cube linear, pair it up with a HD800 and a DAC to get a "Sennheiser" model rig.

 

EDIT: made it more readable


Edited by firev1 - 5/27/12 at 8:07am
post #9 of 10

 

I didn't see the USB version.   Just the amp.

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I didn't see the USB version.   Just the amp.

 

I've never heard of a USB version of the Lovely Cube?  Are you thinking of the M-stage?

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