It’s been well regarded in the UK as well. HiFi News and Record Review included it in a top 5 of new phono’s this year, no actual winner (that’s very American), just 5 good new units at a range of prices:
EAR Phonobox (£1,000 to £1,500 - x1.25 for US$)
Mofi Ultraphono and Studiophono £500/£300)
Primare R35 (£1,345)
Pro-Ject Tubebox DS2 (£550)
Stellar Phono (£2,495)
Rega are of course very popular, but no new units until September this year. We have lots of good units up to about £1,500 and then some good much more expensive stuff, the Stellar Phono falls in the middle, which is a good thing.
It would be nice to see a version with a separate power supply, comparable to the Cyrus Signature. Personally, I went completely the opposite direction with an EAR Phonobox: valves, no dip switches, no volume control, unbalanced only, MM/MC, a third the size and a nice 17% discount from the dealer.