Originally Posted by applebook
Have you guys noticed a big difference between the balanced and unbalanced K1000? To me, there doesn't sound like as big a distinction as something like the HD650 balanced versus unbalanced.
I'm wondering whether or not to get a balanced amp or just a good power amp for the K1000.
I'm a bit confused.
I always thought all speaker amps are providing a balanced signal, at least at the output stage.
Do you mean balanced operation throughout? Beginning at the source via a XLR cable to the fully balanced amp?
However, I have nothing valuable to contribute to your question.
My DACs are fully balanced and my amp for the K1000s is fully balanced, and I'm extemely happy with the resulting sound quality, but naturally a comparison between my balanced rig and unbalanced operation ( Benchmark HPA 2, RKV Mk II, Lehmann BCL, Corda Prehead I + II) or "half balanced" operation (several speaker amps) would be comparing apples to oranges.
The closest I could get to "a bit unbalanced" in my current configuration is connecting one of my DACs via RCA out to the RCA in of my speaker amp, but as soon as the signal enters the amp it is turned into a balanced signal by a special curcuit anyway since the amp itself needs a balanced signal in order to work.
Wait a minute, I can simply do it, I'm sitting in front of the rig.
O.K., I did it, and the difference between balanced throughout and "a bit unbalanced" is audible, but no day and night difference.Even connected the wrong way this amp sounds better than anything else I've used so far.In the end it my test doesn't make sense and it doesn't answer your question.