This phono stage is in pristine condition. It is rated a conservative 8/10 only because I am the second owner. I bought it on AudiogoN a little over a year ago and am selling to upgrade. This unit includes matched pairs of Amperex 6DJ8/ECC88 and Telefunken 12AX7/ECC83 tubes that were installed by the original owner. They were included at a price of $250 over the base price of the Rhea. These tubes are selling for about $250 a pair. The Rhea has a total of 10 tubes for amplification and output, so this is a considerable savings and huge upgrade over the stock tubes, which I do not have.
This phono stage is well regarded by owners and reviewers for good reason. It is extremely quiet, zero tube hiss or noise.
Price is firm and below blue book with upgraded tubes. Low ball offers will be politely ignored. Buyer pays shipping and 3% PayPal fee.
Here are the details from Aesthetix's website:
Rhea is an all-tube phono stage, suitable for moving coil and moving magnet cartridges. It offers high maximum gain at 75 dB, making it ideal for low output cartridges. Rhea broke new ground as the first phono stage with 3 phono inputs, the first with gain and loading settings stored in memory for every input, and the first with full remote control adjustability. Dual-mono audio boards provide superb channel separation and soundstaging. A cartridge demagnetizer is a built-in convenience that can also be operated by remote control. The all-aluminum chassis is designed for rigidity and acoustic inertness, the brushed anodized panels are beautiful too. Rhea has enjoyed worldwide acclaim for its sound quality, build quality, flexibility and ease of use.
• Three RCA inputs.
• Each input has its own gain and loading setting that is saved even when in standby mode or the unit is turned off.
• Zero feedback.
• 40-75dB gain maximum, selectable via front panel or remote control.
• 9 MC loading settings: 75-47,000 ohms, selectable via front panel or remote control.
• Remote control of gain, loading, input switching, mute, and demagnetizer.
• Built-in MC cartridge demagnetizer.
• Two sets of XLR and two sets of RCA outputs per channel.
• All tube amplification and output (10 tubes total).
• Full function remote included.
This is the Ferrari of Phono Stages at this price point. You will be hard pressed to do better. Buy it today and Happy Listening!!