I didn't compare the PH5 to the two preamps you asked about but, I did compare it to the Tom Evans Groove, the Rhea, and the ARC Ref phono. I purchased the PH5 instead of any of the above.
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The Ph5 is very close to the ARC Ref Phono. Very quiet, very detailed, very dynamic. It is a tremendous value for the price. ARC was able to lower their costs by redesigning the cabinet (clamshell, not rigid box with independent lid). Give it a listen. Price in high end gear is not the only indicator of performance.
Thanks for your postings...Too bad i don´t know the ARC Ref Phono at all and never had the chance to listen to...some peope consider tube gear to sound slower than solid state and that definition of solid state gear might be better usually. i never had tube gear so far so i can´t really tell but i find the PH5 very interesting (also for it´s price). so is your impression that the PH5 sounds tonally "tube warm" and slower than solid state units or isn´t it the case with the PH5?