So I'm thinking about upgrading my phono stage. Think the rest of my system is pretty set and this is the one piece that I can upgrade. I'm looking for a unit that has both MM and MC capability. I'm considering three options: 1. Easter Electric Minimax - an all tube design 2. A battery powered unit, such as one from Sutherland 3. The CI Audio PEQ•1 MKII - a solid state design, offers some adjustability and a separate power supply I could certainly go another way, but I think I have things narrowed down to three different approaches. I was curious to hear from people who are partial to one of them. Why do you think one approach might be better than the others? Or, is any one approach just as valid as the others and it all comes down to execution? On the surface, a lower noise floor would seem to be the benefits of #2 and 3, and a little bit of tube bloom the benefit of #1. I'm hoping this thread might turn into a discussion of different approaches and what to desire in a phono preamp, not necessarily a series of recommendations of products to try. My phono stage now is a 2 x 12ax7 tube design, which was a huge upgrade over the budget Cambridge model I started out with. Noise has never been an issue (that I have noticed). With this in mind, pairing it with a SUT is also a possibility, but this seems like a chance to upgrade to more capable preamp so I am leaning in that direction. Thanks!