Loaner Impressions Thank you Inoculator for the personal loaner, your generosity is appreciated. Chain Drop + Audio Technica Carbon VTA Turntable with Denon DL-103 -> iFi Zen Phono / Tavish Phono -> Stratus -> Audeze LCD-4 (RD modded) I compared various albums with the two phono pre amps to have a reference point. You can see (above) my vinyl setup is low-end at the moment. Despite that limitation I could hear various differences between the two and definitely enjoyed the Tavish phono. I'm still listening to the Tavish for enjoyment, I'm not looking forward to downgrading when I box it back up tonight. Considering the price difference, the comparison between the Tavish and iFi isn't fair but it's what I've got so here we go... I found the following better with the Tavish: Much more refined Very smooth without losing anything Better detail retrieval More clarity (which is interesting considering it is also smoother) Sometimes resolves siblilance with some albums in my vinyl setup Some other thoughts iFi has elevated bass in comparison. I don't consider this better nor worse, simply different. The Tavish doesn't sound bass light nor the iFi bass heavy. Tavish case has a practical look to it and is compact. iFi definitely went the sexy case route. I know the Tavish is available as a DIY project so you can make the case as sexy or pragmatic as suits your taste and patience. I didn't hear a clear winner in terms of tone. I liked both but neither had more enjoyable tone that stood out. The limits of my budget setup could be a factor here. I found the Tavish to be a very noticeable and enjoyable step up from my iFi.