I owned the ASL mini phono preamp and found it to be quite good. Smooth. But not as punchy as some of the higher end units. For the lower price, it's a bargain. But I ended up selling it when I purchased an ARC SP16 with phono stage. How does the mini compare with the SP16 phono stage? Well I would say that the ARC's phono stage provides that extra level of punch and liveliness that justifies it's higher price. Much higher I should say. I don't know about the Creek unit, but have heard only good things about it.
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