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Just curious on the owners of the JC3+, did you ever try lifting the ground to reduce the noise? I have been considering the JC3+ and asked a month or so back about a comparison to the Linn Uphorik, but still haven't made a purchase. I have been leaning the Parasound due to the positive reviews, but if it is noise prone I would shy away. I can get one for an in home demo, but haven't yet.
For me, it really depended on the preamp. On a Parasound it was very quiet and on the Audia Flight I mentioned above, it is dead silent.
When I hooked it up to the Spectral, however, it was noisy. When I used the Mute switch, it quieted down and the combination was really musical. I didn't try lifting the ground because any noise disappeared when the needle hit the vinyl, it was good enough to make me forget all about any noise.
With the right system, it is a very good phono stage, especially for the money. I would probably not look to make a change if the Audia Flight opportunity didn't present itself.