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The person I bought my Belles from had upgraded to the Herron VTPH-2 and said it was fantastic.I want this to be the last phono pre I buy so I want to make sure I make the right choice. After doing some research on the Herron I think I might prefer this over the Manley even though it is more money then I wanted to spend.Hopefully I will get more responses to help me with my decision.A big thanks for suggesting the Herron.
The Manley Chinook should be heard, especially with your Delos.
I've been demoing the Chinook at home for a little over a week and it's amazing with the Delos. I just called my dealer to purchase the Chinook.
I've owned the Steelhead, the Chinook is so close to that same magic and has a variety of loading options for any cartridge. I've been using the stock tubes, I'm certain there's an opportunity to really fine tune the sound with some tube rolling.
I demoed a Chinook and end up purchasing it as well. I replaced a Ray Samuels Nighthawk with the Chinook. It's hard to imagine, but the Chinook is actually quieter than the Nighthawk. The Nighthawk picked up some hum due to it's location and there wasn't really any place that I could move it to alleviate the hum. The Chinook is on the same rack, but does not suffer at all from whatever caused the Nighthawk's hum. The loading and capacitance options are fantastic and really help fine tune your cart. I would, at the very least, suggest you try to demo the Chinook if at all possible.