I just bought one of these. Every review I read was stellar. I thought, "hell, why not, it's only 300 bucks". And yeah, I know, this is a "budget" MM phono preamp. I plugged this thing in right out of the box and let 'er rip. I am floored! It has far surpassed my expectations. It is better than the phono section in my ARC SP16. This friggin thing kicks ass!!