I own and recommend that you find a used Audio Research PH3 phone preamp. I have seen two units advertised uder $1000 on www.audioreview.com. You will not be disappointed. Priya
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I own the Phonomena. It's supposed to be better than the Black Cube, I haven't compared it directly. I'M SURE IT'D BE BETTER THAN THE CUBE WITH THE BATTERY POWER SUPPLY OPTION, but that would push the Phonomena's price closer to the Benz Micro PP-1, which I believe would be as good or better than the ARC PH-3 (basic, not the prime one)...it's definitely QUIETER than anything this side of a Jeff Rowland Cadence (quietest of any phono in the world).
I recently purchased a Lehmann Audio "Black Cube" to use with a new digital preamp. I am extremely pleased with it and think the retail price of $700 is fair. If you buy a new model, be sure it is the "Improved" version, which has a non-magnetic metal enclosure. If money is tight, there are used Black Cubes selling for $400-500. At that price, they are a steal!