I completely agree with you.
You're right. I could not find a lot about the Ref before I bought it. I have already ordered a P9 with a Benz Ruby cartridge (The Ref deserves it). Vinyl is the way to go, it makes me laugh when I hear about people spending 10K and up on digital sources. I know people that have no idea how good vinyl can sound, in fact they view turntables as dated tools of the past to be used only as part of an old vintage system. Cheers.
Also, I can now confirm that I am using the ARC Ref Phono with a Rega P9 and a Micro Benz LP cartridge. The combination is proving to be outstanding. Very dynanic and super quite, but also extremely musical. I have arrived!! Yes one can spend more on an analog front end but I feel that from this point on it would be more a preference issue rather than a clear cut objective one. Happy listening.