Thank you, I've been looking for a good phono preamp for connecting my TT to my receiver and this one looks like it will do just that :TPay a little more and get a ART DJPRE II Phono Preamp. Absolutely incredible sounding phono preamp for the money! Even sounds better musically than the fairly well regarded NAD phono stages, and unbeatable value for under $100. Check out some of the reviews on the audiophile forums.
Oh my goodness. That's 100% backwards. The RIAA preamp is one of the few audio components that really do sound different between makes/models, or tubes vs. solid state. As someone who has built a couple of them, trust me, they are really demanding, like designing and building mic preamps, but with the added complexity of a multi-pole filter network that has to be trimmed to the highest accuracy.Phono preamps shouldn't be much of an issue. Most have vanishingly inaudible distortion and response measurements. All they need besides that is ability to handle the standard RIAA curve. I find it hard to imagine that one would sound different from another.