I used to use a Sheer Audio phono pre amp. Excellent little 2 box tubed unit. Excellent sound and build quality. Considerable bang for the buck.
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The 3rd generation of this preamp finally arrived after much wait, as the eBay seller Q/A the unit for me, making sure it has no hum, pristine cosmetics, etc, before shipping out to me.
This isn't any formal review nor I am affiliated with Sheer Audio. The preamp is very sensitive to isolation and power cord. Dead quiet, hum free, very smooth and intimate, less tubey-sounding than I expect. It's hard to find something less than $2k in used market to sound like this.
We shall see how it sounds after a few more weeks of listening.
The setup ... iMac music server -> LogiTech Transporter -> dCS Purcell/Delius -> Sheer Audio DHT preamp -> either an DIY 46 tube SET or Ayon Triton or an DIY Cary 805 AE clone using 211 tube -> either Legend Mk II (pre Von Gaylord) or Kharma CRM 3.2 FE. All Gabriel Gold Reflection cables. Kharma power cords.