Phasemation do sell their step ups as seperate units too, The EA-1200 step up is the same, as the seperate T-1000, which retails for around 3500,- in Europe. Compared to other seperate step ups in this league, like Lyra or the consolidated Audio, the T-1000 is more flexible in the use of carts and sounds more full bodied than the others.But assembled with EA-1200 the tonality becomes more neutral. EA-2000 balance is a little bit more warm, but overall a different and higher level.
EA-1200 is (at least for me) still the best buy in their portfolio, specially as you can improve it step by step over the time.
Phasemation will introduce the second PSU unit soon (similar to EA-1000 before) , which will bring the EA-1200 more close to EA-2000.
As I own the T-2000 step up for a longer time, I can promise, that this is an improvement as well .
The big bonus on EA-1200 versus EA-2000 is, that you can connect 3 carts to the integrated T-1000 step up.
For the EA-2000 you need 3 seperate step ups.
In my case 2x T-2000 plus Lyra plus Consolidated Audio as options (more to come)
thanks for that. I am trying to talk the importer into bringing a EA-1200 into the country so I can listen to it. It would be interesting to hear if it synergised to Lyra, Dynavector and SPU carts. unfortunately Phasemation is not well known anywhere, so any re-sale is lower than known brands.
I currently have the 3 input Accuphase C-47 phono which is full up but would be a good comparison.