In that price range, I prefer the Monolithic sound PS2 and separate power supply HC1b. I liked the sound way better than the GCPH. I've only heard a F177 briefly but I preferred the PS2 in my system.
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If you do go with the PS Audio; install a HI-FI Tuning Supreme fuse and use a Zu Audio Mother(or other heavy gauge/high quality) cord. You'll be very pleasantly surprised at the transformation. The units already contain fast recovery rectifiers,and the stock pieces(cord and fuse) seem to restrict them, quite a bit.
I have the GCPH and really like the sound. The remote is very useful as my preamp (Bryston BP 20) does not have a remote. Have heard good things about the Nighthawk and wouldn't hesitate there either. I borrowed a GCPH from a friend and tried it in my system before buying. Got a good deal at Underwood after deciding on the GCPH.
Rodman99999 how do I get to the fuse in the GCPH? This never occured to me.
The 6moons review of the Nighthawk seems over the moon. It is very much like what MF suggested - just right for the price. Of course I compared the Nighthawk with a pricier EAR 324 and the clear winner is known in like 5 secs while playing the same track. The Nighthawk is definitely not a giant slayer.
I have listened to the Nighthawk with a number of cartridges and it has performed very well in my system. It has a large presentation that never gets restricted in size during symphonic crescendos. I would describe it to have a full rich sound, not colored but on the full side of neutral. It has worked well in evaluating a number of NOS MM cartridges on my Black Widow tonearm. If I did not know it was an opamp based unit I would swear I was listening to tube unit with a stiff power supply behind it.