Upgraded my signal chain recently to a Phoenix Audio pre amp.....I have run all my synths through mic pre's since around 2007 and my studio has been balance since then. Having the Eq is really nice though I tend to over do it just because it makes the pre's sing. Its a bit strange to me as the low frequencies are on the right side and high on the left. This is the first external hardware Eq I've had so what do I know ...think it may have something to do with the much revered Neve 1073 pre amp that a good deal of manufactures are inspired to recreate and harness its sonic virtues
That you buy Phoenix Audio stuff means you have done a lot of reserach, Phoenix Audio a kind of hidden gem in the audio community, they use transformless designs , it brings the best of both worlds, the sound of neve and the clean sound of solid state.
The guys behind the company did repair for neve. Even though they cost a lot you still get a lot for the money they are a lot more cheaper then lets say a neve, but Phoenix Audio also bring their unique sound and combination of both worlds .
I had plans to buy the NICE DI for guitars and also the NICERIZER as summarizer I also had plans to buy the EQ, their 500 Series is most affordable, I had plans to buy 3 of their 500 series to fill a 19 rack. DSR-8 Was my choice after long research If I buy a mic pre today I would choose DSR most likely.
Sound pur made some good review of them.https://www.youtube.com/user/soundpurestudios/search?query=+Phoenix