It's an unassuming two box solutions...very steampunk looking. The sound is spacious and dynamic. Really grand. With a pair of Emia's SUTs it's startlingly good and stands up to some cost no object designs. Here is some more acute information from Emia.
heavy... tube rectified... choke input... single ended... direct coupled for high resolution... and what we feel is a very novel method of implementing the RIAA equalization... it removes the giant series resistor that is always a dynamics killer... and of course no feedback... the official blurb is:
The Emia phono is a tube based medium gain MM phono stage that uses a pentode input tube directly coupled to a triode output tube with shunt RIAA correction and zero feedback. This phono allows a wide range of tube types to be used without altering the RIAA characteristics. By simply rolling in these different tubes, the sonic signature of the preamplifier can be adjusted to taste. External plugs allow easy access to nearly infinite adjustment of loading for MM cartridges or external MC step up transformers.
EMIA Phono Specifications ____________________________ MM RIAA phono corrector two chassis construction for isolation of power supply direct tube input directly coupled through shunt equalization to a single triode output stage [signal path is wire, tube, wire, tube, capacitor!] tube rectified, choke input power supply dual inductive filtering with permalloy [nickel] final filter stage Supplied with 6J11 for V1, 5687 for V2 Alternate tubes: V1 = 7788/e810F, 7721/D3a , 7722/E280F, 6688/E180F, 6J11, 6E6p V2 = 1/2 5687, 6900, 7119/e182cc, 7044 V3, V4 = 6DA4/6DM4 rectification gain, 42-48db depending on tube selection. 42dB with the 6J11 / 5687 input impedance = user defined output impedance = 2000 ohms max input voltage = 200mV RMS max output voltage = 25V RMS net weight = 38 pounds/ 17kg 110/220V operation standard