So I'm still searching for the right amp...


I posted a few weeks back on deciding between a Rogue Sphinx, Rega Elex-R, etc. I've heard both of thesesince then and I'm still looking.  My latest options: I can get all of these within a $150 of each other:
Simaudio Moon 240i
Marantz KI Ruby
Marantz PS14S1

I should mention that I need a good phono stage, at least until I can pull the trigger on a separate phono amp.  I'm looking for some feedback from anyone who has heard any/all of these amps.  Thank you!
johnrandi
I should mention that I need a good phono stage, at least until I can pull the trigger on a separate phono amp.

Okay now you got me curious to ask: what exactly do you think is the difference between a phono stage and a phono amp?

The Simaudio and the Ruby are both very good modern designs, the other Marantz a bit older.  It comes down to a matter of taste. The Ruby might be a little more forgiving/relaxed/warm/liquid, insert your adjective of choice.
Okay now you got me curious to ask: what exactly do you think is the difference between a phono stage and a phono amp?
I just meant I’d like an integrated with a good built in phono section so that I don’t have to buy a separate photo preamp right away. 
As a Marantz KI Ruby owner (both amp & sacd player), I concur with twoleftears comments.

It's a fine amp, the phono stage is quite good, and I don't feel I'm leaving much on the table sonically. It would take a serious bump in $$ to get much better.

Hope this helps, good luck on the journey.
What kind of speakers do you have and in what way were the amps you demoed unsatisfactory? 
+1 @cal3713 — It’d be most helpful to know what you thought of the Sphinx and Elex and what characteristics are most important to you in terms of sound reproduction along with associated equipment and room description.