E.A.R 868 P, how good is the phonostage?

Hello there,
Contemplating the above unit, I have heard the line stage and was very impressed. I am looking for info on the phono stage option. Would it be a side step from my current 834p?
Thanks in advance
How good? - VERY GOOD

If you heard the linestage, the 843P will compliment it more, since almost the same tubes were used. The volume control of the phono makes it flexible specially when adjusting the soundstage of the system. It's fast, clear, open sounding & dynamic in a tubey texture.