I can't speak for the preamp, but IMO, the Doge6 CD player competes with players in the 5K range in the areas of accurate portrayal of acoustic instruments, soundstage and overall "realness". I say this having owned several players in the 5K range and one in the 10K range. However, that's my opinion of the player in my system. As Pacific Valve offers a 30-day money back, less shipping, the obvious course would be to try one in your system. IMO, should the MC input be objectionable to you, but you otherwise love the preamp, at that price, it would be worth it to purchase a decent outboard phono stage and you'll still be ahead of the game.
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