I just changed my Yamaha RX-V596RDS receiver (that had a phono input) for a Pioneer VSX-D812 (that doesn't). I bought a NAD PP2 phono stage for £44.95 from Cheshire Audio. When I hooked it up (to my Rega 3, RB300, Elys cartridge), the sound was poorer than my previous setup. Midrange was laid back, and trebble was tizzy. Cimbals on my 180gm Dark Side sounded like a tin of nails. I emailed Phillip - the guy at Cheshire Audio (which is a fantastic shop judging by the service and prices I have received), and he suggested I checked all connections (using MM not MC etc) and then let the thing burn in for a week, as performance would improve. He said he would swap it for a Project phono box if i was still not happy (great service!). He also said that if it was faulty it most likely wouldnt work at all, which sounds reasonable. (by the way, he answered my email that I sent in the evening within a couple of hours -this is truly excellent service!!!) I have left the box powered up for a over a week, and have used it every day for 2 or 3 hours. It has improved, midrange is better, bass is full, but i still get the bag of nails top end. I am tempted to go for the swap, but should i expect an improvement? I dont really want to send one back and find there's no difference, wasting his time and mine. Can anyone offer any ideas about this? I am using good Ixos leads, and the Aux input on the receiver (all inputs have the same sensitivity, so shouldn't make any difference). I can't really go for anything above this price at the moment - alternatives to these two are all upwards of £100. Surely this setup should out perform the built in phono stage on my old Yamaha. Your comments will be gratefully appreciated.