As for the gain setting on the Apache,
I find the Low gain setting actually improves the sound a bit--firmer bass
and a more open soundstage. It's really subtle, but I just felt more comfortable with it after lots of A-B testing.
|One more thing. The Apache sounds superb through the single-ended inputs. A-B'd the same cable type in SE and Balanced mode and really could hear no difference, no matter how hard I tried. I have my Indras on the SE inputs an I am really happy with them there. (The Indras remove that last bit of haze around voices and other images and remove some bass distortion.) So I would tell Apache users not to obsess over balanced input just to please the Apache.|
my Apache is with Ray now - getting the mod and new op-amp. no idea when i will get it back. hopefully sooner than later. looking forward to the mod.