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- 55 posts total
From my conversation with Andy, in which I did specifically inquire on this issue, his response was that the XLR is a "true" balanced connection with the 1.2, if that helps. In my opinion, if you are using quality interconnects and your run is not abnormally long, a typical meter interconnect, then a balanced or unbalanced connection is not going to play a big difference in sound quality. What is nice about the balanced connection is how positive the connection is, it really snaps into place.
So, I am not sure the difference between "Balanced" Vs "true Balanced" that Ralph often refers to.'True balanced' is not a thing I say so much as I harp about supporting the balanced standard. The circuit does not have to be balanced to do that properly- it can be single-ended as the Rhumba is, and use an output transformer as the Rhumba does. Transformers can drive balanced lines quite well.
In my opinion, if you are using quality interconnects and your run is not abnormally long, a typical meter interconnect, then a balanced or unbalanced connection is not going to play a big difference in sound quality.The whole point of balanced line is that the interconnects don't have to be expensive (which might be the same or not as 'quality'). What this means is that you have the same benefit if the cable is 6" or 60 feet, which is to say it will sound right and cheap cables should sound the same as expensive ones, regardless of length.
Tim de Paravacini uses transformers to provide the two pair of balanced/XLR outputs on his EAR-Yoshino 868L line stage (two pair of unbalanced/RCA outputs as well). Only two 7DJ8 tubes in the pre amp. Tim does lots of work in the pro sector (Pink Floyd’s studio in London, the tube electronics in the recorder and mics Kavi Alexander uses to make his Water Lily recordings, amongst the highest fidelity in the history of recording. Ry Cooder’s favorite label!), and is well aware of and adheres to the standard to which Atmasphere refers, unlike many designers of consumer gear (excluding Ralph, of course ;-).