What's your current turntable and what's your pricerange?
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I replaced my Lehmann Black Cube SE phono preamp about 8 months ago with a Bryston BP-1.5, and frankly was quite startled at the improvement in performance with the Bryston. The most immediate difference I noted was in the transient response and dynamic range -- lots more "oomph", particularly in the lower frequency range -- and improved transparency. After more extended listening, I also realized that the soundstaging was wider, deeper, and more realistic than the Black Cube.
I have not heard the EAR 834, but I have listened to a friend's Graham Era V, and I think the Bryston is markedly better than the Graham. I bought my BP-1.5 from another A-goner for $1200. The question of value vs. cost always involves personal priorities, but I have been VERY pleased with the BP-1.5.
One other phono preamp in the same general price range that deserves consideration is the Sutherland/Acoustech PH-1P, which is sold by Acoustic Productions. At $1500 (retail), it compares very favorably with much more expensive phono preamps.