Soundsmith phono stage

Anyone heard these? Needledoctor carries them. Are they better than your usual $400 box like Pro-Ject, Rega, Creek etc?
Having heard phono stage at the Soundsmith demo room through an excellent demo system, better than the usual $400 box, for sure.
The owner is a genuine fanatic about producing fine analog sound since he manufactures his own line of cartridges, as well as every other part of the reproduction chain.