With a Benz Micro Glider SM cart, it's simply leaps and bounds better than my Shure V15 type 3, AT 150MLX or Ortofon 2M Black. Mids are absolutely lucid,
highs super clean, bass is powerful, low and defined. Micro detail in spades, it's like a whole new system! With my better LP's, the realism is uncanny! Am I in the studio? As I type, I keep looking over at my system in amazement! Happy-Happy!
Anyone who has built a phono preamp can tell you the challenge is to build a quiet one, well this one is DEAD QUIET, and that's with 70 db of gain!
A properly built PH16 is dead quiet, but maintaining that noise level with high gain SUT's requires that all EMF be contained. Layout is critical, all wires carrying AC are twisted, all ground paths must be right, power and step-up transformers are shielded in steel enclosures.
So anyway, this was my Memorial weekend project, and I couldn't be happier! Here's a few pics of the internals.