I'm asking this because I'm contemplating whether to get a used SRM-T1S or SRM-T1, or the KGSS vs the Woo GES.
I currently have a Benchmark Dac1 USB as source that's hookup to my CDP and Mac Pro.
Thanks in advance!
Have you done the comparison on your Stax rig, and if so is there a noticeable difference?
For me, the comparison is moot, as my DAC is designed to be used balanced and not single-ended. Balanced it has measurably better performance. I'd say it would depend on the DAC, whether it was truly balanced or the signal was being sent out through a phase splitter to derive the balanced signal.
Yeah, thought so too and since i was going into the STAX territory finally, thought i should just try a fully balanced setup as well. Haven't had a chance to do a direct A/B between XLR and RCA tho.
Just noticed this thread.
I used to use a SRM-T1S and Lambda Nova Signature system with a Marantz CD12/DA12 CD player. The Marantz DAC has both balanced and unbalanced outputs, and as the SRM could switch between either type of input it was simple to A/B the two.
The balanced interconnect was 1 foot of Van Damme microphone cable between a pair of Neutrik XLRs, and the unbalanced one was 1 Foot of Van Den Hull DH102 Mk 2.
With fairly average hearing, the audible difference in my case was also not great; better perhaps, with a slight increase in smoothness together with a touch of ‘sweetness’, but nothing stunningly obvious. Rather moot as Currawong has remarked, and currently I don’t bother with balanced connections to the SRM.
(For those not aware of the model, the Marantz was a statement 2 box player using a high grade version of the Philips TDA1451 DAC and some good quality components, the balanced outputs were from a pair of transformers.)