Like yourself I am trying to set up my retirement system as I will not have the bucks at that time to keep replacing gear in my main system. I have not heard the LS27 but I have owned the SLP05 for several years now and it is staying. It replaced a Sonic Frontiers Line3 that I really liked but even before I started tube rolling the Cary was better not by a longshot but enough to make me write a check and I have never regretted the purchase. The SLP05 feeds signals into my Cary 211AE amps which in turn power my Martin Logan Summit speakers. As one of my clients who was a solid state guy stated, the system sounds simply wonderful and complains I cost him thousands of dollars. He has since converted to an all tube system. Both Cary & ARC are solid companies & I don't think you could go wrong with either preamp. I think the main difference is that ARC tends to come out with newer models more frequently then Cary which could result in some "what if's". Good luck and I hope this helped.
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