I listened Sat. to the new Phono stage from Ray: F-117 Nighthawk
Battery operated, dual mono with dual rotary controls on front for gain and capacitance.
I have recently re-tubed my SFP-1 Sig and auditioned some phono stages in the 3,000 range.
I ordered the Nighthawk after hearing it. I was VERY impressed.Nothing I have heard recently is better and I suspect maybe not as good.
I had planned to buy it sans hearing b/c of my experience with Ray's headphone amps.
But a friend bought one 1st so I decided to wait.
The initial order price is only 650.00.
This thing is dead quiet, punchy, great bass , mids, highs, soundstage.
Go to the MOT section of head-fi.org to find out more.
Don't let the price fool you. This is direct from the manufacturer and EASILY equals some of the 3,000 phono stages I have heard.
Mine should get here Wed. or Thurs. so I will post more after more listening.
BTW, Ray uses no capacitors in any of his amps and that may contribute to the incredible lifelike quality and dynamic punch of his products.