love it...not noisy especially if you try not to push the gain. I have great results at 50db with a clearaudio concerto (.5mv) using a Calypso. Mine is the regular unit and is about 2 years old.
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No noise issues here. Bought one used a couple of years ago and last year replaced all the tubes with a new set from Aesthetix. This allowed me to go one gain stage higher and drop any remaining the tube rush considerably. Bass tightened and soundstage became larger, more low level/ambient retreival.
One of the finest phono stages around.
I had one - for a short time - some time ago. Well, the noise, yes, in my - sensitive- Speaker System everything from 60+ was more or less not useable. And the Soundstage was foggy and compressed. I used it in combination with several Line Preamps, Aesthetix, Klyne .... but at the end of day it was disappointing. Probably it will work with a low sensitive System better, but for me it was nothing to write home about.
Dito on tips from Glenn Buckley.
I had the original Rhea and sent it in for the newer circuit upgrade and bought tubes from Vintage Tube Service and had 0 noise issues. I also had the Calypso and upgraded to the Signature...so much more musical! So...I upgraded to the Signature Rhea and love the synergy these two provide w/ Pass Labs XA-30.5 and my Basis T.T. I would love to hear the IO...but how much better is it than the Rhea Sig?
I recently purchased a demo unit of the Rhea SE. I had always heard it in a large open area of the show room, and had always loved the music. When I got it home, I was surprised how loud the unit is, audible at the listening chair. I contacted the dealer who said the unit is within spec, and that this is just a result of the amount of gain from tubes. I'll admit it sounds great when I'm listening to tunes, but between, it not just audiphilia, its really audible. Have ordered tubes from Jim Mcshane. Is this my unit, the design, or inherent in using all tubes for gain? I'm only tolerating the 56 db gain setting.