Check into the EAR units.
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The Plinius M 14 is among the best you will get and can sometimes be had for 1500 or close to it. Retails for 3495 or so - It kills all mentioned. The EAR with Telefunken Falcon tubes will demolish the Phono 1. Sorry but have owned both - still have the EAR and the Plinius. The Phono 1 will improve with the Telefunkens but keeps that twangy sound that aggravated me.
I've heard the Phono1 and thought the exact opposite as "highs" go. I was hearing a a Benz Lo4 and and Aries. I found it really smooth and warm, the same went for hearing it with a totally differnt deck/arm/cart. In fact I have been trying to match what I heard and cannot. I'd look at something else as the cause. I'd try differnt tonearm cables first if you can. I really think the Phono1 is not the problem