Review: Lehmann Audio Drachenfels – Champion

Lehmann Drachenfels

Specifications

Input impedance 47 kohms

Maximum gain setting 12 dB with maximum potentiometer setting

Analogue frequency response 10 Hz (-0,3 dB) to 35 kHz (-1 dB)

Analogue S/N ratio > 85 dB at +0 dB gain

Analogue THD < 0,006 % at 18 mW/330 ohms

Channel separation > 80 dB at 10 kHz

Power output ≠ 330 ohms/110 mW ≠ 33 ohms/180 mW

Output impedance ≠ Line out 105 ohms ≠ Phones out 5 ohms

Audio Connections ≠ Neutrik headphone sockets with gold-plated contacts ≠ 1 x switching line out, 1 x non-switching line out ≠ Line in/line out: RCA

Power consumption in operation app. 4 W through external wide range wall power supply (without any optional pc board)

Enclosure dimensions W x D x H 160 mm x 120 mm x 43 mm (audio section)

Weight 0,5 kg (1.1 lbs.) net (audio section)

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Lieven is living in Europe and he's the leader of the gang. He's running Headfonia as a side project next to his full time day job in Digital Marketing & Consultancy. He's a big fan of tube amps and custom inear monitors and has published hundreds of product reviews over the years.

26 Comments

  • Reply February 20, 2018

    Kenneth Louw

    So basically….another good review, Lieven?

    • Reply February 20, 2018

      Lieven

      Really really nice, if not it wouldn’t have gone on the recommended amp list.
      Why would I choose crappy gear to review? Just so I can say it sucks and write something bad about it? I’d rather invest my valuable time in good sounding gear. Within that group there are enough levels already

  • Reply February 20, 2018

    dale thorn

    With a DC input, I wonder if it would perform better in the deep bass if you switched the power supply, like maybe a car battery with a voltage splitter.

  • Reply February 21, 2018

    Mark

    Am i missing something, I can’t find the HD660s review? I could have sworn that Lieven posted a review but i can’t find it anywhere now.

    • Reply February 21, 2018

      Lieven

      It was a Sunday preview to the review which will be up I think next week or the week after.

  • Reply February 21, 2018

    James Ng

    How does it compare to Lehmann audio BCL? What are your thoughts on it?

  • Reply February 21, 2018

    dale thorn

    I have the Lehmann Traveler amp, which despite its small size (slightly smaller than this one) is a good performer. I think it outperforms most of the amp sections of the small DAC/amp combos today. The Portaphile Micro that was reviewed here that I purchased was another good small amp (no DAC, just amp).

    I haven’t heard other Lehmann amps, but I’ve heard a lot about the Black Cube and how well it drives the big Sennheisers.

  • Reply February 22, 2018

    Marius S

    Great, great review Lieven. Nice to discover new gear with “high ambitions”.
    Now, the obvious question: How does it compares to Bottlehead Crack (BH) with HD650 ?
    Is this Champion reaching the hights of BH ? Or, still the BH has the sweet spot with the HD650?

    • Reply March 1, 2018

      Lieven

      It’s different. I still place the BHC very high. But ss amps like the Violectric, Lakepeople, A20 and Drachenfels are also really good. If you can, go OT with BHC, 339 or even the HA2-SE though

      • Reply March 1, 2018

        Carcara

        are these indications in descending order?

  • Reply February 28, 2018

    Caruryn

    Great review,Lieven and it might convince me to buy this amp for the HD 660S which i enjoy a lot.Thinking of using mojo as a dac and Drachenfels as amp but can you connect them in stock form or do you have to order the coax or usb version of the amp?

    • Reply February 28, 2018

      Lieven

      thanks!
      All you need is a 3.5mm to RCA cable, and then set mojo to line out. That’s it. Great combo

  • Reply March 9, 2018

    Tim

    I like your reciew!
    How do you compare it to the Graham Slee Solo?

    • Reply March 12, 2018

      Lieven

      I don’t have that one I’m afraid

  • Reply March 28, 2018

    chorilias

    Hello Lieven! Congrats for your great and accurate reviews! I’d like to ask what you would choose for use with Sennheiser HD660: the Lehmann Audio Drachenfelt or the Lake People HPA RS 02 which is also on your recommendation list? I live in Greece and the end price (including shipping costs) is quite similar for both amps. The problem is we have no chance to demo them!

    • Reply March 28, 2018

      Lieven

      Well, they’re both excellent, can’t go wrong with either. The Lakepeople has the advantage of the gain setting on the back.

      • Reply April 2, 2018

        CHORILIAS

        Lieven one last question: I found yesterday a deal for a used Violectric V200 amp for the same price. Would this amp be more future proove and a step up soundwise compared to the previously mentioned Lehmann Audio Drachenfels & Lake People HPA RS 02? I would appreciate your subjective opinion. Thanks.

        • Reply April 2, 2018

          Lieven

          I would say so yes, it’s one hell of an amp!

  • Reply April 2, 2018

    vignelli

    hey lieven

    please review HeadAmp Gilmore Lite Mk2 please

    i tend to buy it for my afo

    • Reply April 2, 2018

      Lieven

      hi! If you send me one I’ll think about it 😉

  • Reply May 13, 2018

    Thomas Köhler

    Hi,
    is the Aune X7S as good as the Drachenfels?

    Best regards
    Thomas

  • Reply May 13, 2018

    Lieven

    I have not had the opportunity to compare them. Sorry

  • Reply November 24, 2018

    Wills

    Hi Lieven, is it possible to use an iem with this amp? Will there be too much hissing? Thanks

  • Reply November 24, 2018

    Lieven

    Oh yes, by all means

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