My personal phono stage reference: Phasemation EA-2000

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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.

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Does anyone have SPU with SUTs? What is the uptick in performance? I am interested to know if the body and tone and flow is retained with more nuance
 

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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.

cheers
Residual value is improving,
at least in Europe.

They have here strong distributors,
like Anamighty Sound and Axiss which helps in this regard.
Fairs like Munich were very helpful as well, first time with a dedicated Phasemation room plus the benefit, that even companies like OMA were using their PP-2000 cart during the Munich Demo.

Sure, they will not become the next Accuphase brand in this regard, but I see them already comparable to many other brands, the step ups even have (in Europe) a higher residual value than some popular brands (like Ortofon and Lyra)
 
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Does anyone have SPU with SUTs? What is the uptick in performance? I am interested to know if the body and tone and flow is retained with more nuance
Is there any chance to get a SPU sound „right“ without a step up?

An easy start is the use of a
Fidelity Research XF-1L
step up.
You will get the flavor and than you like more :)

Any Phasemation step up will work, but you will get an even better result, connecting the Phasemation step up to 23kohm (instead of 47kohm) MM input.
some phono stages will make this possible.
 

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Does anyone have SPU with SUTs? What is the uptick in performance? I am interested to know if the body and tone and flow is retained with more nuance
Assuming that we are talking about SPUs with typical 2 ohms (ish) coil impedance, a Sculpture A SUT with 1:26 gain really brings these cartridges to life - much more energy, more vibrant tonal colour and a much more immersive and enjoyable musical experience, compared to most other SUT options. The Sculpture A Silver SUT is really rather extraordinary for less than €2k, but the regular Sculpture A Mini Nano SUT is really wonderful for very reasonable money. Sculpture A's SUT designer Szolt Bodnar really understands all aspects of SUT design, which is clearly not just a simple matter of gain ratio and reflected impedance.

It is very easy to make an SPU sound quite 'ordinary' but paired with a decent, massy arm that can tolerate high physical energy levels, and a well-matched SUT like the Sculpture A, even the cheapy SPU#1S can sound magnificent. Definitely flawed and easy to criticise in 'audiophile' terms but hugely enjoyable and musical. I alternate between an SPU Wood A (via Sculpture A 1:26 SUT) and Phasemation PP-500 (via Phasemation T-1000 SUT), and while they have very different presentations, it is very hard to choose which I prefer most.
 
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Yes I like the sculptureA and was able to compare them to consolidated at Anamighty.

Good to know. I am conscious that SUTs make us revisit our cartridge preferences
 

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