Black Lion Audio's Eighteen starts with a vintage-inspired preamplifier - providing a creamy, yet punchy response. The preamp section feeds a passive induction-based program equalizer and output controls for pushing the analog stages to pure overdriven-bliss that's still safe for your converters and DAW.
Eighteen's preamplifier circuit isn't just another clone, but a homage built to pay proper tribute to some of the most classic designs ever made. That's why Black Lion created the BLA1831: a customized, discrete op-amp created through an extensive period of component testing - creating great vintage tone, while still matching a noise floor that's akin to modern equipment.
Eighteen packs an impressive, original passive inductor-based equalizer that you're sure to love - featuring a custom Cinemag inductor made just for Eighteen! The results are amazing; a quiet, and ultra-flexible equalizer that packs all of the vibe of your favorite program-style EQ's.
Eighteen's features don't stop there: it also features a custom-wound Cinemag transformer for the output, as well as output gain control for pushing the unit into pure overdriven-bliss. Black Lion Audio designs, engineers, assembles, and tests each unit by hand in the USA.