Yes of course system balance is important but that is not the issue here. Simple question, does a Superline really need a SuperCap to considerably improve on a P-75?
Personally I find that suggestion difficult to accept and think that it might be little more than hyperbole.
Hi King Size,
I understand and respect your perspective and perhaps your scepticism about this. If you have tried both phono stages in your system, then I respect your view even more.
In May 2014, I started a thread on this forum called "the perils of a quick Superline demo", which summarises my findings at the time. You are welcome to read it. I stand by those findings, while respecting that others may draw a different conclusion.
Does the P75 punch far above its price point? When paired with a Dynavector MC cartridge, yes it does, remarkably so. Does it do so with other cartridges? I have never tried so don't know.
Did a Superline with the optimum Naim z foil airplug resistor, powered off my 52/Supercap convey more music than the P75? Yes. In my view it was a bit better but it was an incremental improvement, not a step change and I was looking for a step change.
Would the Superline sound even better when powered off a 552? Probably but I couldn't try that combination - TonyM has first hand experience there.
Did the Superline + Supercap DR sound a bit better still? No. It sounded absolutely stunningly musical. Glorious to these cloth ears.
I subsequently auditioned phono stages from Rega, Trilogy, Whest, Aurorasound and the 3 box Paradise phono stage. Of all those, the Paradise stage floated my boat more than any of the others, all with the same Dynavector XX-2 cartridge.
So that has been my first hand experience and I apologise if it comes across as hyperbole. It is not intended.
Having said all of the above, if I had a Rega RP10 and was looking for exceptional value for money, I'd buy an Alpheta 2 and Aria phono stage. I've heard this combination twice and it sounded thoroughly, enjoyably musical on both occasions. The Aphelion is even better, but at a price (except for Adam, who has done remarkably well by those lovely people at Rega).
Hope this helps, FT