Why can't you run the Speed Box with the EAR?
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I think I responded on your Vinyl Asylum post also. Anyway, I think the 834P is great with my MMF-7 (I have a Benz Glider, which is in the same ballpark as the Blackbird I believe).
I don't know how your Tube Box is, but I know when I upgraded from a Creek to the 834P it was huge a improvement, definitely my biggest upgrade so far. I have upgraded the tubes in the 834P as well (Upscale Audio has good advice about that). I don't see how you can go wrong with that combo. I don't think you are spending too much on the phono stage in relation to the TT (of course I don't know how much you are spending) but I definitely think the Blackbird is in the same league with the EAR. You can always upgrade the TT later.
I am very fond of the EAR 834p and actually own two of them, one each for my primary and secondary systems. In order to upgrade from this phono pre, I realize I will have to make the leap to a Manley Steelhead, Audio Research PH7, Aesthetix Rhea, EAR 88P or equivalent; the 834p is that good. The combination of the speedbox, table, cart (Lyra Argo i) and EAR along with Harmonic Tech cables, provde a very dynamic, extended and forgiving vinyl experience that is satisfactory in every way.
You all have been very helpful - thank you for your perspectives. I've enjoyed this all-Project/Sumiko set up for some yrs now, but have noted that the Tube Box-as liquid a presentation as it offers-tended to roll off upper frequencies and be undefined in mids/bass in certain musical examples. The 834p (this is the Delux mm/mc version) was admittedly an impulse acquisition - just a good deal that, knowing the market, would be a sound investment to experiment with. Stevecham: I too currently have HTs (Truthlinks) to/from the Tube Box. I have a couple prs of Nordost Red Dawns in the closet that I might experiment w/ after test-driving the 834p. Could be a nice way of gaining a bit more definition & detail.