You might be missing a couple of things if you are going to be using an MM cartridge. The most important thing might be that an outboard phono amp adds another set of IC's as well as the attendant problems in avoiding hum from grounding and cable related issues. The output gain of the PL also gives you greater flexibility in cartridge choice. Whether or not the addition of a single 6922 in the phono stage would be better than a built in SS stage, sonically, I don't know. But in that regard I would think that the phono stage would reverse absolute polarity (you could probably overcome this by just reversing phono leads) and the selection of the tube brand and tube type would be more critical. You would probably want to get a tube which has very balanced halves. A mixed bag, but personally I would get the PL and pass on the headphone.
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