Decade

£1400.00
  • High end phono stage made with premiuim components 
  • Premium PWX II power supply
  • Customisable for even demanding cartridges

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Phono Stage

The Decade sits proudly between the highly rated Black Cube series and the top-of-the-line model Silver Cube but the Decade is a high flyer rather than a stopgap. Utilising its cutting-edge technology, it has the gift to delight even the most demanding music enthusiasts with its flawless sound which points far beyond its price.

The Decade is tailor made to impress in every situation with an outstanding harmonic performance of passionate temper and precise contours.

The input stages are ultra low noise which are also utilised in very high-grade mixing consoles and microphone preamps from professional studio equipment manufacturers. The ultra-precision passive RIAA equalisation network lies between two linear designed gain stages and using low-loss precision MKP capacitors. This intricate design produces stunning transients, dynamics and sonic timbres.

Incorporating numerous setting options the Decade is customable to your audio needs. The switches for gain alternation and the switchable “soft bass rolloff filter” are conveniently operated via toggle switches which are located on the front panel. Even demanding moving coil cartridges can be used hassle free with this impressive phono stage.

Key Features:

Decade:

  • The input stages used in the Decade can also be found in top notch mixing consoles or in well known professional microphone preamps.
  • The passive filter network between two linear gain stages realized with precision MKP caps
  • Several resistive and capacitive load options as standard
  • Front switchable gain (36dB - 66dB) and soft bass rollof
  • Onboard slot for custom impedance
  • Zero global feedback Class A output stage technically identical with Black Cube Linear
  • High quality gold plated pcb mount RCA connectors for audio
  • High quality double sided printed circuit board for optimal signal routing
  • Neutrik connector with gold plated contacts for supply connection (as Silver Cube)
  • Faceplate anodized aluminium in black or silver finish

PWX II Power Supply:

  • Power supply outlets for two audio devices
  • 30 VA toroidal transformer of the PWX II power supply is a key component for the sonic performance achieved with the Black Cube Decade. This transformer is not only over dimensioned but sports a grounded isolation coil between the primary and secondary coil. 
  • Neutrik connectors with gold plated contacts for supply connection (as Silver Cube)
  • Downward compatible with PWX. Black Cube SE audio sections can be connected.
  • High quality double sided printed circuit board for optimal signal routing
  • Faceplate anodized aluminium in either black or silver finish

Technical Data

Input Stage: Dual-Mono Microphone Preamp Chip, Newest Generation
Sensitivity:
(Output 775 mV/ 0 dB)
MM: 3.8 mV/1 kHz
MC: 0.38 mV/1 kHz
Max Input Level (1 kHz):  MM: 45 mV
MC: 4.5 mV 
Gain Settings: 36dB
46dB
56dB
66dB
Max. Gain: 66dB
Signal to Noise Ratio (RMS Unweighted):  MM: 78 dB
MC: 69 dB 
Channel Separation:  > 80 dB at 10 kHz 
Internal Impedances: 47kΩ
1kΩ
100Ω (Selectable)
Custom Impedance: Yes, Via Onboard Slot
Output Impedance: 
Input Capacitance : 47 pF to 1,370 pF
Soft Bass Roll-off Filter: Yes - Toggle Switch On Face Plate
High Gain: Yes - Toggle Switch On Face Plate
RIAA Filter Caps: MKP
Bass Coupling After RIAA: MKP
Second Gain Stage: Dual Mono
Burr Brown OPA 134
Discrete Output Buffer Zero Global Feedback: Yes (Bipolar Class A) 
Bass Filter:  50 Hz, 6 dB/oct. 
Power Consumption:  App 13VA 
Dimensions:  Decade: 110 x 280 x 50mm
PSU: 110 x 280 x 50mm 
Weight:  Decade: 0.87kg
PSU: 1.56kg
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