i would go with the 1 piece m1000 from Kondo. The M-7 preamp is very basic phono, not in the same league as the M-1000 preamp. This is just my honest opinion!
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That is what in am saying: the m7 phone preamp is not in the same league as the m1000 preamp built in phono. The m7 phono is just a basic phono stage, parts transformer are not in the same league. Also, even that the k-10 preamp, i would not compare that to the m1000 preamp from Kondo. I would take the m-1000 preamp built in phono from Kondo in a heart beat!
Thank you very much.
I almost decided to try a stand-alone M7 phono stage (This set up was recomended by a number of audiophiles including Kondo-san himself).
My current set up is Kondo Ongaku as power amp + VTL 7.5 Refernce Preamp + Sutherland monoblock phono stage. (I use Ongaku as integrated amp without VTL 7.5 from time to time).
It is still difficult to make a decision between Kondo M1000 and Takumi K10 especially when considering "sonic value vs cost".