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    Rhea vs Rhea Signature

    I love my Rhea phonostage but cant help but be tempted to try the Signature. So is it worth the additional expense and what specific improvements should I expect?
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    TT: Kuzma Stabi Ref 2, Kuzma 313VTA, Shelter Accord
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    Re: Rhea vs Rhea Signature

    I'm watching this thread closely. Was wondering the same thing myself.
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    Re: Rhea vs Rhea Signature

    Jeff (A/V Solutions) should be able to address this one head on.
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    Re: Rhea vs Rhea Signature

    Check out the Absolute Sound review.

    Just google absolute sound rhea.

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    Re: Rhea vs Rhea Signature

    I have googled the reviews thanks but I am looking for actual input from anyone here that has actual experience and has moved up to the Signature.
    Preamp: Aesthetix Calypso Signature
    Power Amp: Aesthetix Atlas Signature
    DAC/CDP: Aesthetix Romulus Signature
    Phono: Aesthetix Rhea Signature
    TT: Kuzma Stabi Ref 2, Kuzma 313VTA, Shelter Accord
    Oracle Delphi MkIII, SME V, Audio Note IO1
    Speakers: Avalon Ideas

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    Re: Rhea vs Rhea Signature

    Send A/V Solutions a PM. He carries the line. Yes he is a dealer but he will give you the pros and cons on both sides. He uses the Rhea Sig in one of his many vinyl rigs on demo I believe and is very familiar with your baseline Rhea.
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    Re: Rhea vs Rhea Signature

    Hi Guys,

    I have the Rhea Signature. Its way better than the "normal" version, better parts and can hooked up to 3 turntables. As I have 2 turntables (Feickert with 2 arms (Triplanar & Ortofon 309D) and a vintage Thorens TD125LB with SME M2-12, it fits the bill. Oh, its also remote controllable.

    Upgraded from Lehmann Decade and its simply better.

    Hope this helps in your decision making.

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    Re: Rhea vs Rhea Signature

    Old thread, but Jerry mislead some. I have the Rhea, which I'm going to sell as I have to get out of vinyl, and it's the exact same as the Signature and now the Eclipse other than parts. The signature is better, but incrementally better as it most of the high end. Is it worth it to upgrade? For some yes, for some no. Mine was recently rebuilt by Aesthetix with a brand new power supply, tubes etc and although not broken in yet, it already sounds better than it did before I sent it in for the rebuild.

    It's one of the best buy phono stages that I've heard to date. The only tube piece I own anymore and it's stable as heck.

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    Re: Rhea vs Rhea Signature

    Quote Originally Posted by Ctsooner View Post
    Old thread, but Jerry mislead some. I have the Rhea, which I'm going to sell as I have to get out of vinyl, and it's the exact same as the Signature and now the Eclipse other than parts. The signature is better, but incrementally better as it most of the high end. Is it worth it to upgrade? For some yes, for some no. Mine was recently rebuilt by Aesthetix with a brand new power supply, tubes etc and although not broken in yet, it already sounds better than it did before I sent it in for the rebuild.

    It's one of the best buy phono stages that I've heard to date. The only tube piece I own anymore and it's stable as heck.
    Hi Ctsooner,

    I am sorry you felt that I mislead. I suppose you are referring to me saying "way better than the "normal" while in your perspective its only "incrementally better". HiFi is a very subjective hobby and more so when one tries to describe what's better. I just want to be clear that I did NOT mislead as thats my point of view on this piece of nice gear, and probably because of my wrong choice of words used due to my limited grammar. if I did, my apologies.

    Guess its better to keep my views to myself about how one gear sounded as its really controversial. Hope no love lost.

    Cheers!
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    Re: Rhea vs Rhea Signature

    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry Seh View Post
    Hi Ctsooner,

    I am sorry you felt that I mislead. I suppose you are referring to me saying "way better than the "normal" while in your perspective its only "incrementally better". HiFi is a very subjective hobby and more so when one tries to describe what's better. I just want to be clear that I did NOT mislead as thats my point of view on this piece of nice gear, and probably because of my wrong choice of words used due to my limited grammar. if I did, my apologies.

    Guess its better to keep my views to myself about how one gear sounded as its really controversial. Hope no love lost.

    Cheers!
    Jerry I need to apologize to you. I used the absolute wrong words in how I phrase things. I am sorry for that. We all know hearing is individual and we all realize that differences at this level is all incremental. I guess what I was trying to say is that the signature versus the standard is an incremental difference, but it is better and there is no question about it.


    Either way we are talking about what I feel is one of the best buys of a phono stage in the highest end of Audio. The cost is much less than some of the mega photo stages that many can get, but the sound you get out of there Rhea is fairly close especially for the cost. If you want to upgrade to the eclipse version, I feel that does go up against mega cost phono stages. As you said that's to my ear and maybe not others. Again Jerry, my original post to you was abrupt and not fair

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    Re: Rhea vs Rhea Signature

    Out of interest has anyone found the balanced outs to be better than the RCAs or is there little in it?
    Preamp: Aesthetix Calypso Signature
    Power Amp: Aesthetix Atlas Signature
    DAC/CDP: Aesthetix Romulus Signature
    Phono: Aesthetix Rhea Signature
    TT: Kuzma Stabi Ref 2, Kuzma 313VTA, Shelter Accord
    Oracle Delphi MkIII, SME V, Audio Note IO1
    Speakers: Avalon Ideas

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    Re: Rhea vs Rhea Signature

    Quote Originally Posted by Ctsooner View Post
    Jerry I need to apologize to you. I used the absolute wrong words in how I phrase things. I am sorry for that. We all know hearing is individual and we all realize that differences at this level is all incremental. I guess what I was trying to say is that the signature versus the standard is an incremental difference, but it is better and there is no question about it.


    Either way we are talking about what I feel is one of the best buys of a phono stage in the highest end of Audio. The cost is much less than some of the mega photo stages that many can get, but the sound you get out of there Rhea is fairly close especially for the cost. If you want to upgrade to the eclipse version, I feel that does go up against mega cost phono stages. As you said that's to my ear and maybe not others. Again Jerry, my original post to you was abrupt and not fair
    No love lost ... We are, in our own way, lovers of music and nice gears. Cheers!
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    Air Tight ATC-5 Pre + ATM300R + ATH-3
    Avantgarde Uno XD Piano Black/Stealth Grey
    Audience AU24 SX Cables, Interconnects & aR6 OX Power Conditioner
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    Re: Rhea vs Rhea Signature

    Thanks.
    I personally felt balanced lowered the noise floor a bit. I like balanced better, but I always have.

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