If you've ever heard a Spectral DMC-10, you'd be pleasantly surprised. When it first came out in the mid-eighties, it was considered to be one of the best engineered, best built, and best sounding preamps available. Describing it as a classic might be an understatement. The nice thing about it was that there was an optional phono board that was available that had flexibility in both output and impedence loading, so you could get a good match with a variety of cartridges. It also had a separate power supply that made the preamp dead quiet. I bought mine brand new and used it up until about six months ago when I replaced it with a Spectral DMC-20 II. Only once in all those years did it need any repair and that was something quite simple and inexpensive. I've thought about selling it , but honestly, it's hard to find a really good piece of equipment for under $1000.00 that will do all you want it to do. If you get a chance, try one, I think you'll find out what I'm talking about. Good luck!!