PS Audio Stellar phono question

I have a Stellar Phono preamp which both RCA and XLR outputs.  I will be getting a new preamp that has both RCA and XLR inputs.  Are the XLR outputs on the Stellar Phono truly “balanced”?

Is there an advantage to using the XLR connection between the Stellar Phono and the preamp?


In case it is not clear to the OP, what Raul is showing you is that the 6db difference between balanced and unbalanced inputs and outputs is more or less proof that the amplifying circuit is balanced.

Use your ears.  I have the Stellar going into the BHK Preamp and I have tried RCA and XLR and prefer XLR for short runs with 1 meter Harmonic Technology cables.  Oddly, I preferred a cheapish RCA cable over a cheapish XLR cable for 12' runs which is the opposite of what I would have thought.  Since you can use both XLR and RCA outputs simultaneously it should be easy for you to figure out which you prefer with your cables.

Ralph really believes in a balanced system, so yes, by all means.  What amp are you running?  Balanced?

pinwa, Can you describe what it is that you hear that makes you prefer SE to balanced, when you use 12 feet of cable?  Because that is surprising, to say the least.  Also, is the BHK a balanced device? (I think it is, but I am grasping at straws to understand your finding..)  And finally, what amplifier are you using? Thx.