Manley labs SteelHead phono stage


New Member
Nov 24, 2015
thought maybe open it in a new thread....

I know its been a while when the Manley "steelhead" was the "HOT STUFF..."
but i cant stop wondering.... why no one was referring to it this days.. (its lost his charm?, audiophile keep looking for the new Hot stuff and moved on?)
i remember 8-15 years ago, EVERYONE talked about it and want one.. (maybe Mike-f "fault"?)
do you think it still can hold it own compering to a 10-30K phono stages of today? sound wise.... (now days his versatile nature seen with a lot of equipment not like it was 15 years ago)

its no secret that 10-15 years ago HIGH END audio was a lot less expensive... (relativity)
now days everyone are just get a high $$ price tag and trying to get the most attention
from the heavy buyers. no matter how good (or less) they are. and sending their equipment for a RAVE REVIEWS... across the web.

the steelhead still have the looks (for whom in to that industrial looks), versatility, design, etc like the best of today...

your thoughts?


Active Member
Apr 7, 2014
Canberra Australia
I can only comment as an owner

It was good

And flexible

And configurable

It had a sort sound to it, I could never get rid of, which annoyed me

However that was a classical musical lover

Personally given all the hype back when..a bit disappointed in it

Not sure if was me or the product

I should mention the support of Manley is wonderful...