You're one up on the Dodd.
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Probally a few ..Isoclean.. fuses to top it off..Would be a subtle tweak but still positive...
I'm sure you have a super great Rectifier tube installed in the power supply,since you are using Pope tubes....
Question...are the Pope tubes the holy grail in the 05 preamp.I'm using the NOS Russian 1959 6sn7's(6H8C) in mine with great results.
I take it then that you're not running the Cary balanced. It mates exceptionally well with the 120S, running balanced; OK with the 211 monos, and is a mess with the 805's, IMO. I think (no experience) the Dodd would be a better match with any SET amp.
In my opinion, having owned the Cary, and just heard the Dodd (on several occasions), the Dodd is a vast overachiever; while the Cary is a very good preamp, especially run balanced. A slightly different flavor of neutral tie, IMHO, if using the RCA's only.
I'm an SET guy. The Dodd reminds me of the linestage in my Manley Steelhead, which I love (with my Cary 306Pro). Since I only need one input other than the phono, this suits me fine.
In anticipation of your question, whether or not the linestage of the Steelhead would be an upgrade from one of the (SE) stages of the Cary would be heavily dependent on what amp you're using. KT88 based amps, or the like, I would lean toward the Cary. Low powered, the Dodd.
I have had the Dodd it was decent certainly not in the Cary
slp 05 class .With the Cary put in some high quality Silver fuses as well as your other gear , and have 2 Bybee
purifiers installed after your IEC multi pin connector .A very nice improvement especially lowering the noice floor
for even better microdynamics .