In John Atkinson’s measurements of the Stellar Phono Pre in Stereophile, he states at the end:
“The way in which its measured distortion and overload margin vary with the gain setting suggests that its owner use the lowest gain setting that will give acceptably loud listening levels with their preferred cartridges, both moving-magnet or moving-coil types.”
I find this somewhat misleading due to the cited performance and overload measurements which well exceed the output (10+mV) of the vast majority of cartridges that will be used with this preamp. With my 2.14 mV output Soundsmith Carmen ll ES, I cannot detect the slightest bit of overload distortion added when running the high vs. medium setting. Could Darren chime in here? This seems like a nit pick of a comment. Of course, it is wise to run the lowest acceptable gain setting, but to intimate that there is added harm by running at a higher setting, given the data, seems somewhat superfluous. Anyone agree/disagree, or care to comment?