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If you want to smooth out the sound of your AT440MLA, upgrade to the AT150MLX. If you can't, you might try putting some putty or something on the plastic body to dampen it. Also, make sure the cartridge's total capacitance load--including tonearm cable--is between 100 and 200 pF. The AT440MLA and AT150MLX have a reputation for being picky about this, and I can attest to it regarding my AT150MLX.
Have not heard the 700 but I did post a 3 way review of the Vincent Pho 8 vs Jasmine LP 2 mkII vs the Pro-ject phono tube box here:
The 700 uses the same power supply as the 8 and the one I got had a ground loop hum (the other 2 did not hum in my system). Not sure if it was defective or not.
I read the reviews of this and based on what I read I think the Jolida JD9 would be much better bang for the buck! The Vincent does not have adjustable loading like the JD9 and it comes with a crappy chinese made 12AU7 tube. Although if the Vincent is easy to modify like the Jolida is than it could be a great performer.
There is a difference between a company like Parasound that has American Designers like John Curl that builds in Taiwan vs Vincent that is a front for a mainland Chinese audio company claiming "German engineering" that is really engineered in China. Their products may be fine, but if so, why all the deception?
If you have to have honest to God US manufacturing, you have virtually no products to choose from. Because even if the product is designed and assembled in the US (and is therefore marked "Made in USA"), 90% of the components (transistors, capacitors, etc) are made in China or overseas.
The problem with Audiophiles, just like all consumers, we want more for less. As a result electronics are made in China - then everyone moans that only the UBER High End components are made in the US or UK. Shame consumers didn't support affordable components when they were home grown. Classic example are cables made by JPS, Tara, or Nordost - not cheap, nor is the research - they are 'home grown' - no doubt there will be a cheap copy doing 70 - 85% of the job - which buyers will think is 'enough' and bang goes another great manufacturer - look at Garrard, Grundig, Radford, Rogers etc etc etc. Sorry but we reap what we sow - I avoid buying most things Chinese - not to do with racism/protectionism/whatever - I know that they build things to what appears to be spec as opposed to how a person designed it with specific components - regrettably noisy people on the web then give it five star ratings and so the snowball grows...