Been using my LIO exclusively for the last few years and love it. Decided it was time to try something new and while I wont be ditching the LIO, its always fun to experience a piece, especially when it somehow slipped by me for many years. A lot of you guys over the years kept mentioning I REALLY needed to try a Dodd buffer or Preamp and after a recent posting of this beauty, offering the additional 3 and 6db gain, I knew it was time.
How does it sound?
Last night, I listened exclusively in passive at pretty low to moderate volumes. Right away, the most immediate and salient attribute was its addictive weight in the midband, specifically with vocal content. Something about the presentation was incredibly alluring and drew out what tubes do best which in my mind is stretching out 3d imaging, making things sound more robust and holographic. Acoustic guitars really had a snap and woody character that was certainly more emphasized than most gear I have heard and reviewed. I cant wait to get home this evening and continue my journey with this guy.
I must admit, I am frustrated I waited so long and its sad Gary is gone. It would have been nice to send him a note or review something of his when he was still with us. Yup, we lost a good one for sure, and this preamp was probably a very small fraction of his true genius.
Either way, thanks Gary. Truly, thank you.