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I've heard both with my tube amp, the "value" goes to the Chinook.
The Zesto is nice for the 2 arm setup. Aesthetics goes to the Zesto as well.
Adjustability nicer also, since knobs are all on the back.
Both were quiet and straight forward as far as operation.The Zesto subjectively, edged out the Chinook in a "real" sound. I suspect the difference could be smaller, with tube/power cable swap in the Chinook.
Both will sound nice in your system, it's your ears that will make final judgement. But if you can acquire the Zesto at a nice price-buy it.
I have the Classic/ AT ART9 ,your Prime is a step up. Bump up your LOMC budget to the Cadenza line, I heard a Blue on the Prime and thought WOW!
Yeah, that Quintet Black is nice, but we're here just once.....you deserve the best
You won't be disappointed in your selection! I just went through this exact process a few months ago... Chinook vs Zesto...everything lead to the purchase of the Zesto over the Chinook! This also meant that my cart upgrade got pushed off, but the Zesto is an amazing phono preamp and I'm SOOOO glad I went in this direction!
Can I add a question here I was considering a used chinook (here on the gone)or a used musical surroundings super nova 2 phono preamplifier. both are about the same price with in a couple hundred. I know one is tube and the other battery SS.
I run a 300b SET amp so have tubes in the chain already, Garrard 301 Jelco 12"er and a Van Den Hul MC 10 (modified by vdh low output not the newer higher out put) and will be adding other carts in the future with possibly another arm but having a Phono stage with 2 phono inputs is not the deciding factor at this time. i'm looking to buy something that will last a very long time in my system. something that is musical as well as refined and detailed slightly on the warmer side. I think both fit in this
what would you pic and why.