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post #3391 of 5873

The quality of the output stage in the source is far more important than the type of connection you use.  Running single ended adds a tiny bit of distortion, that is true of all amps that split the phase in any way.  It is a lot better though than the army of sources out that that have SE output stages and very dodgy ways of generating the XLR outputs from that. 

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The quality of the output stage in the source is far more important than the type of connection you use.  Running single ended adds a tiny bit of distortion, that is true of all amps that split the phase in any way.  It is a lot better though than the army of sources out that that have SE output stages and very dodgy ways of generating the XLR outputs from that. 

 

How the BHSE was able to accomplish this Birgir?  A transformer or an op-amp?  I notice the volume was a bit lower on single-end compared to balanced input.

post #3393 of 5873

No opamps or transformers, just a fully differential design with high gain.  Normally single ended output has half the voltage of the balanced so it will be a bit lower in volume. 

post #3394 of 5873
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No opamps or transformers, just a fully differential design with high gain.  Normally single ended output has half the voltage of the balanced so it will be a bit lower in volume. 

I meant taking SE signal and converted into a balanced signal.  thxs

post #3395 of 5873

Yeah, I know.  There is no phase splitter, it's just the natural design of the amp that handles it.  Same as the Stax amps. 

post #3396 of 5873
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Originally Posted by spritzer View Post

The quality of the output stage in the source is far more important than the type of connection you use.  Running single ended adds a tiny bit of distortion, that is true of all amps that split the phase in any way.  It is a lot better though than the army of sources out that that have SE output stages and very dodgy ways of generating the XLR outputs from that. 

Hello spritzer, and thank you again for your contribution. Reading your next sentence, I suspect that dodgy ways of using XLR input connectors also exist with cheap destination devices (essentially amps) that haven't a balanced toplogy at all. Any opinion about this? If you know some, canyou report them?

post #3397 of 5873

There are plenty of amps that are "lacking" in this regard.  One example would be the Bryston headphone amp which takes both the XLR and RCA sockets into the same circuit where the input is summed for XLR, fed into a normal stereo volume control (thus not balanced any more) and into the amp channels which are stacked, one is driven off the output of the other.  This causes a time delay effect.   There are many other amps that are just as bad, even some obscenely priced, but naming them would just make the manufactures freak out and have my post removed. 

post #3398 of 5873

I think you may be hyperventilating a bit there - a 30 yr old TL072 used as a phase splitter/inverter has < 100 ns delay, equivalent to ~ 0.001" of air path delay - and we can afford do to better with mere decade old, 2-5x faster "audio" op amps

 

full differential in/out circuits can be great schematic "eye candy" - but lots of pro equipment will be using op amp diff-to-se converters, processing single ended signal internally and send to op amp diff transceiver output

 

Whitlock at Jensen Transformers warns that even very good audio line transformers have trouble with high frequency common mode to differential conversion - the very best monolithic can beat audio transformers there

 

choosing intelligently from today's better, available full complementary BJT isolated process op amps targeted at medical imaging, telcom A/DSL and other demanding markets, modern op amps, using composite circuits where necessary, can beat discrete SS audio signal processing designs anywhere op amp noise, I,V  limits allow - which is most audio line level/interface applications - on objective measures of "accuracy"


Edited by jcx - 5/22/13 at 7:31pm
post #3399 of 5873

update - fancy aluminum for the front panels being delivered friday.  will be shipped to the machine shop the same day.

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post #3400 of 5873

I like fancy aluminum.

post #3401 of 5873
Yay the final stint for the BHSE is upon us.
post #3402 of 5873

May God hear you

and support us in our wait

post #3403 of 5873

I'm not listening stats anymore until my BHSE is in front of me. popcorn.gif

post #3404 of 5873
Magic aluminum here

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post #3405 of 5873
There was probably a time when you didnt have to ask for your grain to be controlled


Edited by justin w. - 5/24/13 at 7:27am

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