I like the idea of the 310LP buying the pieces separately and it's one of my dealer's favorite stages. It'd allow me to get a new table much sooner and then get the PSU after that.
How would you describe the sound of the 310LP? I've heard good and bad things and even if it's a bit too analytical it'll pair well in my speaker system because of the Leben and Harbeths being so 'romantic'.
Very quiet, very accurate, very spacious
I would agree, it definitely leans towards the analytical, but just slightly.
Very wide bandwidth, bass goes as deep and as tight as your turntable will allow
Very dynamic, punchy, lots of slam but also conveys microdynamics and subtlety (I'm not too up on the audiophile lingo)
The main thing is this pre-amp is Accurate.
It doesn't seem to add anything.
Of course, always harder to determine if a component is taking something away.
When you compare the Moon 110LP to the 310LP, the 110LP almost sounds like it is reproducing mono.
It isn't of course, but when you compare the two, the 310LP sounds very spacious left to right and front to back.
For reference, the 110LP is a touch more accurate than the Project Tube Box SE II, but the SE II adds a nice touch of tube euphonics
You probably hear bad things about it because it is not very euphonic, that's OK, some people like a touch of euphony, they probably need/love tubes.
No one will ever mistake this for a tube amp, but it certainly isn't a "solid state" sounding amp.