By the time you receive this note I will have moved and be harder than heck to find. Don't worry about your Statement cartridge - it is safe on my turntable (where ever it is) making vinyl sound as it should. Did I mention I liked it? Make that loved it!!! On a recent trip to Amsterdam I picked up some Deutsche Gramophone albums and wow, that cartridge teamed with your new phono stage (PH1) really brings the music to life. I have to admit I was sold on your Statement Sonata and would have been perfectly content with it BUT no, you had to ruin me forever with the Statement. I have always been a vinyl junkie but never had the cash to afford to get the best of gear. I have heard many very expensive turntable/cartridge combos but always found my system satisfying. Not any more. The texture, detail and accuracy of the Statement exceed my wildest dreams. Since I have had it on my turntable (2+months) my CD player has gone untouched. The total joy of listening to my records has hit the pinnacle of my listening experiences. Even with my rather humble turntable (Rega Planar 2) I can hear significant differences in bass control. Mids are soooo sweet and the highs are magnificently delivered with timbre and transparency like no other has ever delivered.
All of this started with a simple Phono Stage review and now I'm ruined. My wife thinks I love my turntable more than her (sometimes she doesn't sound as sweet). I find myself migrating to my listening room and away from her so she has a legit beef. And now I've moved her into a new house just so you cannot find me or more importantly your Statement. Ruined and disgraced - but I still I have to say Thank You for the experience, John. The Phono stage holds its own - even with the Statement. Awesome!!!
Todd (Address withheld for criminal reasons)
In all seriousness, I highly recommend The Grado Statement to any vinyl junkie. It is worth every penny. The PH1 also receives top kudos and is highly recommended for anyone looking for a high quality phono stage at a reasonable price. Now go get them....
Todd Green, Sales Manager, HeadRoom Corp.