Really not in the market for an outboard $2k phono preamp.
Right. But at least this shows you can see where this is going. When you find yourself at last finally good and tired of fighting inherent traits, literally built right in, then you know what to do. I wouldn't go $2k though for the usual middle of the road, not when one of the best in the world the Herron can be had for only about one grand more. When you are good and ready.