I can't comment on the comparison, but I can tell you that many tube phono stages lack the necessary gain for low output moving coil cartridges. I encountered this also, and I opted for a quality phono step-up transformer to boost the gain between cartridge and phono section. While I cannot say if this is the best way to go, it is quite satisfactory for me. If you like your PH3, you may consider this option.
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