Clos -I'm not sure the SYS is going to be transparent other than reducing output -while the input impedance of a SUT is critical -unfortunately in somewhat the opposite way (capacitance) so is the output into a MM input from a SUT ? Despite dealing with it for 50+ years -I still get a headache everytime I try to reason my way thru anything to do with the goofy way we EQ audio off of records. I remain puzzled by the many positive reviews of the Mani : 1.) I've never run a LOMC thru mine . Is the MC section amazingly better than the MM ? 2.) I bought the multi-voltage "octopus" power supply from Schiit and that's all I've used with the Mani. Is it possible that the cheaper stock supply that usually comes with the Mani sounds better ?