Audia Flight FL phono vs Avid Pulsare

Looking for suggestion between these 2 solid state phono stages. My system is an all-tube Audio Note Pre-power so I am looking for a SS phono. Purity of tone and accurate transient response is what I am looking for in general. Which of these would fit the bill better ?

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There are many excellent phono stages, both tube and SS, that may provide the incisiveness you seek. I would not agree that only SS phono stages can sound "incisive".  (There is another discussion around what that term means applied to a phono stage.) Atma-sphere MP1 and Manley Steelhead are two that I own.  The latter could be said to be a hybrid.
Pani, Is it my imagination or do you change gear a lot?  Not that there is anything wrong with that.  My point would be that by being the good listener that you are and also by auditioning quite a wide array of very good quality equipment in your own system, it may well be that you are the best person to answer your own question about a comparison between these two phono stages.  Personally, I steer clear of matching components by the criterion that the deficiency of one element in the chain will be made up for by adding another element up or downstream with a strength in that area perceived to be a deficiency of the associated components.

For example in this case, a solid state phono stage is not necessarily the "cure" for what you feel is lacking in your tube Audio Note equipment.  On the other hand, you could luck out with one of these phono stages and not the other, but only you can make that judgement, in situ.