Life is too short to buy someone else's favorite stereo gear

That's it. That's all I have to say.
You left off the rest of it "...unless it is also your favorite and you can buy it from someone for half the retail price."
very prophetic title ,wont get many hits though. It just further confirms this place must be full of salesmen. A good title would be : To log out ? Or not to log out. 
Haha fair enough regarding the OP but buy the Herron VTPH-2A Phono Preamp. 🤯
Thx Erik
I do believe I get your intent despite the "tough crowds" worst intentions at deflection.

I am probably as guilty as any at reading others views and thoughts and sometimes being swayed by that vein of wisdom rather than sticking to my own thoughts.
Probably why I have ended up with two new to me streaming units and let the best one win!