Hi-Fi Choice Group Winner, January 2013, gave the Essentials Phonostage 5 Stars.
"...the Essentials put in a consistently strong performance with all types of music..."
"...the Leema has a sense of timing and control that makes it easy to listen to..."
"The low noise floor and impressive microdynamics were also remarked upon..."
"Throw in the solid build the ability to handle moving coil cartridges, and you have a most worthy group winner."
"Brilliant all-rounder with loads of speed, detail and musicality; great build and finish. Leema Essentials Phono is our winner, because it gives a wonderfully inviting and invigorating performance across a wide variety of music. It keeps pace with the top end for tonality and soundstaging, but pairs it with a tight, fast and deep bass response. Throw in the solid build and beautiful appearance and it's a worthy champion of this phono stage test."
Real time staging
The circuitry inside the award-winning Essential Phono is closely based on that of the class leading Agena Reference Series Phono stage. its performance is simply astonishing at this price point; it was designed not just to compete favourably with its competitors, but to completely overshadow them, even those at 3 or 4 times the price.
The subtle musical information from the phono cartridge is handled with such delicacy that many listeners will never have experienced the levels of clarity, of dynamic accuracy, the soundstage dimensionality, and authenticity of tone and timbre that is produced – at any price.
The Essential Phonostage is switchable for use with both moving coil and moving magnet cartridges and includes a switchable low frequency filter. The low frequency filter only operates below 20 Hz to stop the by-product of warped records and turntable motor or bearing noise.