Now before anyone thinks I've suddenly developed a dislike to my newly acquired EW modified Kenwood 700C. NO WAY. I take an interest in posts which talk about the quality of phono-stages within solid-state vintage preamps(Japanese especially).So I quietly took note of the following post about the Onkyo P303 a little while back. http://audiokarma.org/forums/showpost.php?p=154477&postcount=14 I've looked around for one for a while now,and haven't seen one anywhere.I've seen lots of P304s,but no P303s.Well I saw one for sale yesterday,and I took the plunge and bought it. I haven't heard a P303,but the P304 has some very complimentary consumer reviews at ecoustics.com. My philosophy is;I can only rely on another person's opinion up to a point,but in order to come to a firm conclusion I have to have direct first-hand experience.If I had a friend with an endless supply of vintage gear I could possibly borrow the items I'm interested in,in order to obtain that direct experience.Since such a person isn't in my circle of friends,I have no recourse but to purchase in order to satisfy my curiosity. I made the commitment to purchase about 3 hours ago,and am now waiting for the unit to be sent. I'll keep you all informed. PS Just watched the Aussies slaughter the Poms in a one day cricket game.