Black Swan Customer Remarks
After having the Black Swan for a few months nothing has changed. I’m still very excited to plug it in and fire it up to listen to some beautiful music. The Black Swan is very configurable as since I have purchased it I have swapped out carts on my turntable. It really didn’t take much time to get the Black Swan dialed in. The sound stage is vast to where I feel I am at a live show. At this point I need to question the rest of my gear and audition more from Austin Audioworks!”
I have been fortunate to get a ground floor opportunity to review the Austin Audio Works head amplifier unit that I name. “The Black Swan”. This thing came to me out of no-where, and we all know, or should know, that super low voltage amplifiers are a tough nut to crack. The name came after I listened to it. I was bowled over by the DYMNAMICS, holographic image, even sounding frequency reach and transparency that this unit throws out. The only reason you might not tap your toes with this unit, is if you don’t have toes! I have several different head amplifiers, and the Black Swan is my main squeeze right now.
Barry has added on the fly loading and this is super nice to dial in the right loading, and not any more or less than YOUR ear enjoys. I can’t recommend this unit enough for audiophiles on a realistic budget…or those that think you have to spend $$$ more to get near this units performance.
Quiet background, very configurable loading (I maxed out the gain on this unit for my cart but it was sufficient), rich timbre, slightly tipped-down tone, complete lack of grain in the highs, forgiving of some of my lower-quality pressings without inversely feeling like it was sucking details out of my nicer plates, solid follow-through on decays and sustains without blunted attacks, good LF extension, generally a jack of all trades.
“B” – SBAF Tour
The Black Swan has many tube qualities with a wonderful 3D presentation, great sense of air and wonderful microdynamics without trying to sound “tubey”.
‘F’ – SBAF review.