Any chance you could swing the Dynavector P-75?Have one in-house and it pretty nice.You would never know it was SS.I use it in its' "current" mode.
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I just finished the above reading.I use the P-75 with tubes and in its' PE "enhanced" mode.It mates very well with the Shelter 501.The Rotel is more forgiving of poor cartridges,vinyl and associated equipment,though there are better/more costly phono sections available when the power cord is factored in to its' purchase.
The paragraph that I mentioned, forget PE mode..it just like subsonic mode
Moving on to the standard MC setting with a Benz Micro L0.4 on a Roksan Xerxes-RB300, the result was similar to that heard with MM, though comparison showed the Dynas advantage in low-level subtle detail retrieval over the Rotel was reduced (the RHQ-10 is more transparent through its MC setting than MM).
However, I felt that the P-75s sound in both standard modes was slightly short on body. The RHQ-10 produced richer, more fully fleshed out sonic images which, while softer-edged and less detailed, had a truer-to-life density for example, Luka Blooms voice on Fertile Rock appeared that much more like emanating from a real human head, and I felt I heard more of the acoustic guitars bodys characteristics. The Rotel also had the edge when it came to sound stage depth and sounding big and bold, if a little fruitier in the lower ranges. Heavy hitting drum work (a swing big band playing Sing Sing Sing) had gutsier thwacks to them.