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Has anyone heard a balanced SA5000 before?

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I heard it brings it close to the qualia. & what set up was used?
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I've got a balanced one, but no balanced source/amp to drive it
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I've got a balanced one, but no balanced source/amp to drive it
Where did you buy the balanced cable?
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I bought it from the FS forum already balanced... headphile blackgold, about 2.5m
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I bought it from the FS forum already balanced... headphile blackgold, about 2.5m
Lucky. How much did it set you back?
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A buck or two

I really shouldn't have them running on such a cheap system... Audigy2ZS notebook > DIY millett hybrid > recable SA5000 seems like a slightly unbalanced setup
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A buck or two

I really shouldn't have them running on such a cheap system... Audigy2ZS notebook > DIY millett hybrid > recable SA5000 seems like a slightly unbalanced setup
Was thinking about getting the Desktop balanced or Benchmark DAC1.. When I get the money..
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but balancing is not the primary thing to worry about with sa5000....
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but balancing is not the primary thing to worry about with sa5000....
I already know about it's flaws.. It doesn't bother me so much, that I wouldn't consider getting them balanced.. & will get me sound close to the Qualia.. As a fellow HiFier who owned both told me..
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I heard it brings it close to the qualia. & what set up was used?
I heard a balanced SA5k that was done up with Siltech cabling. The amp was a balanced Singlepower amp (don't recall the model).

I don't see how anyone can think SA5k's, balanced or not, sound like Qualias. Wishful thinking all around.
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I heard a balanced SA5k that was done up with Siltech cabling. The amp was a balanced Singlepower amp (don't recall the model).

I don't see how anyone can think SA5k's, balanced or not, sound like Qualias. Wishful thinking all around.
I fully agree with this. The SA series share few traits with the Qualia, really the 010 is on a different level of transparency.
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Was thinking about getting the Desktop balanced or Benchmark DAC1.. When I get the money..
I hear the Zhaolu DAC's are on a level sonically with the DAC1... I don't know if the XLR outputs are true balanced though.
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Originally Posted by jpelg View Post
I heard a balanced SA5k that was done up with Siltech cabling. The amp was a balanced Singlepower amp (don't recall the model).

I don't see how anyone can think SA5k's, balanced or not, sound like Qualias. Wishful thinking all around.
Opions very I guess..
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