The PH-3 has some vintage modes that sound a lot like old Phase 90's. In the modern modes, I wouldn't say it's "sterile." If it sounds sterile, that's probably a rig issue. I found it just took my signal, and phase shifted it in as non-intrusively as something like a phase could!I found the Boss to be too sterile. The tap option though cool is practically unusable in a live situation. The EH is very transparent, organic and smooth. It doesn't scream "I AM A PHASER!"
:AOKI always loved the Smallstone but it had it's shortcomings, then I got one with the Analogman mods and it is fantastic; no volume drop, true bypass, color switch tweekable. Perfect.