As I now have three TTs, I was looking for a first-class phono pre that had at least two inputs, and when a buddy put his phono stage up for sale a while back, I wrote him about it. My employment situation was pretty dodgy at the time (we had just had a large RIF), but my friend, scholar and gentleman that he is, very kindly agreed to hold on to it for me until my employment situation stabilized and I could feel more comfortable about buying it. Having just accepted a new role in my org, I felt I was in a more stable situation, so I contacted him the week before last and arranged the purchase. He expertly packed it up and sent it out to me and it arrived last Friday....the EAR324P: Completely solid-state and designed by audio guru/genius Tim de Paravicini, I knew as an EAR 834P owner this would be a superb sounding stage and a safe bet, and it is just that. What's it sound like? Well, my impressions are initial ones as I've only had it since Friday: it's like a very quiet and very transparent EAR 834P. With a lot more configuation flexibility and a much lower noise floor. The built-in step-up transformers are the same as in the MC3, which are superb, much better than than the SUTs the EAR 834P. Though this is an SS phono stage, you would not know it was not a tube device unless someone told you. You get more detail and resolution, but with all the sweetness, musicality, midrange magic that tubes bring, with and a high, sweet, extended top end, and virtually no downside of edge or glare, just more good stuff. And, it is VERY quiet. All in all, it sounds wonderful, in the exactly same way a Conrad-Johnson Premier 17 does: sweet, sweet, sweet. I'm having a hard time writing this because I keep getting pulled into the music. In it's new home: Oh, and it's great to be able to switch from the Michell to the Rega and back with the simple push of a button. My EAR 834P will now be used for my Clearaudio Concept mono deck.