Top positive review
Nicely built phono amp and great sound
Reviewed in the United States on February 20, 2020
I had a few phono amps from $100 Pro-Ject starter phono stage, $400 upgraded Pro-Ject S2 and one that cost about $1400 tube phono amp from Decware. The lower the cost, the sound quality is so so. The tube amp from Decware is probably the best sounding in my opinion, but I would say the Vincent Pho 8 comes pretty close to the higher end phono amps. This is my opinion and I would say I'm the middle of the road audiophile with experience because I've purchased quite a few components in my life time to know what sounds good and what sounds bad...and really bad.
I bought the Pho 8 mainly because I created a small audiophile listening post in my office and wanted something that is for a small room and has pretty decent sound. I didn't want to break the bank and I could if I wanted to, but with a young family I need to watch my expenses. So far, right into the set-up and plugging in my Kimber cable RCAs, then flipping the switch...it was night and day compared to my internal phono stage amp. The sound is clear, no humming, and very smooth music from my LPs. I played some Jazz and vocal LPs, all sounded very good for this budget friendly Pho 8. It beats the Pro-Ject S2 and comes pretty darn close to my higher end Decware tube phono amp (I sold due to downsizing). Note for the humming other reviews stated, I think it's important on the quality of your receiver or integrated amp. The higher quality of main amp you have the less noise or humming you will hear. I have no humming or noise at all with this phono amp.
The build quality is superb and heavy for a small phono amp. I like how they separated the power unit from the RCA outputs. I'm guessing it's to lessen the noise you may get from the power fluctuations. The look is nice and well designed and looks great to my eyes. Which makes me wonder how much better the higher end Vincent Pho 701 amp would sound, my guess it's going to be much better than the Pho 8. I'll stick to this model for cost wise and I do recommend this product. To me the sound is what matters the most, not the power rating, the ratio measurements or other comparisons. Nice unit for the price, quality, sound and beats even higher end phono amps.
My System: Peachtree Nova300, Pro-Ject X9 turntable with a Sumiko Blue EvoIII MC Cartridge, KEF LS50s bookshelf speakers, Schitt Audio Loki tonal control and all cables connects are from Kimber Cable.