I have an EAR 834p Deluxe MM/MC w/volume phono stage currently. I’ve owned this phono stage for over 12 years. I use it with a Bob’s Devices SUT - the EAR’s step up section is not ideal - and find it sounds great. Over the years I’ve upgraded the tubes a bit to Telefunken 12AX7s but nothing more than that.
I think my system sounds great and I don’t feel something’s missing. BUT, Here’s the thing; In 2019 I systematically changed ALL of my system EXCEPT the pre-amp and feel I got a better sound quality then I had previously. I didn’t change the phono pre-amp because, I felt well served by it still.
The question that arises is, do I know that to be true? Or has a dozen years just caused me to settle for what I know?
I have read a few reviews of the SPP (and I’ve been looking at other phono stage reviews as well).
I’m thinking I might do the 30-day home trial, but I don’t want to do that without serious consideration. What if I found that the SPP is really good, but that its not materially better than my current pre-amp?
If I was unhappy with the EAR 834p, well, I wouldn’t hesitate. But that’s not the case.
Any insights appreciated.
PS. My TT/cart is the Rega P8 with Ortofon Cadenza Black.