thanks for the input guys, I appreciate the suggestions. For those that care to know I decided to go with the ares.
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I know this thread is old. I had actually forgotten I posted it. Thought I would bring it back from the dead for an update.After over a year of use, I am very happy with the ares. It is a very quiet tube phono stage. The power source is housed in a seperate chassis from the main phono gain components. Power is fed through two umbilical cords to the main unit. This helps the unit to have a very low noise floor. I plugged in some NOS mullard long plate 12AX7's. It is very musical and has a nice warmth. It I have since upgraded my turntable and cart. I am now running a VPI classic 1 with a soundsmith boheme. All three components compliment each other well.
I'm about to upgrade from a Rouge Stealth Magnum with other mods. to a Ares and I'm gonna roll the tubes to Sovtek 12AX7-LPS and Genalex - Gold Lion ECC82 / B749. this two pairs compliment each other rather well for what I have read in Part time Audiophile. I'm also thinking to upgrade to the blue Cinemag step up transformers and dampen the entire chassis. I will let you know how it goes.
Running a TTW Audio Eliminator with a Shelter 700 oh yeah!
I too jumped on the rogue Ares completed by the Cinemag 1254 . Now I'm not sure if I could top it without spending considerably more.BTW I have tried several tubes and Found the Sylvania 7025 much to my liking. I've changed the 12 AU7s as well with little change , going to do more swapping in the near future.
If anyone here lives in NJ and has the E.A.R. I would live to get together and do a side by side caparison.