Summary: This was very expensive, but it can be adjusted for a variaty of cartridges which is a must. The sound is somewhat cold, but then again, the tubes are new and probably need to be burned in. Ask me agin in 6 months....
Summary: The received differs a bit from the photo as shown - the cooling rings on the tubes are not silver, they are anodized black and the serial number is on a sticker. All cosmetic. The performance is very good. I have a Yamaha P-850 and Sonus Blue / Gold Cartridge that now sound better than new!!!
Summary: My experience with the project tube box S has been a real pleasure. I own the project carbon debut turntable (with the upgraded platter, which I highly recommend) and have a Grado Prestige Red 1 mm cartridge instead of the Ortophon red...which is a good mm cartridge.
Summary: My turntable is located in my Media Room with a cable run of approx. 60 feet to the equipment closed...not an ideal setup. Performance was OK, but lacked in just about every area, so much so I preferred my digital 96/24 recordings to a most of my vinyl. Well, that is no longer the case.
Pros: Solid Construction, Incredible Performance, Selectable DIP switches on the bottom of the unit so you can 'match' it to your cartridge.
Summary: Recently upgraded to a Denon AVR-X4000 and was disappointed with the sound from the receiver's phono input. Almost didn't go with this as there was a one star review, however, I found this preamp does an excellent job. Love the sound now out of the new receiver, very expansive.
Summary: Was incredibly reluctant to plop down this much money on a phono pre-amp. I had purchased a new Rega 2 with AdCom cartridge 28 years ago. Within 6 months I had my first child and it was time for the turntable to go to the closet - flash forward kids are gone and it was time to break out the Rega and...
Pros: In my opinion expands the sound palette remarkably. On my system tremendous pickup in gain and expansion of all sound ranges and on everything from Classical to Bossa Nova to jazz , hard rock, folk, metal you name it.
Cons: Obviously price - seems high. At $300 to me would be a fairer price.
Summary: Sorry Mr. Port, I am not sure what tubey magic is. When I find out I will let you know and we can compare notes. I like the way my turntable sounds with this as opposed to the phono stage in my Pioneer sc-25. Certainly the price could have been more thus making it a worthwhile buy.