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I have a balanced pre-amp and balanced mono blocks.  My long IC runs are from the pre to the amps.  They are both 25-30 feet.  I wanted to have long ICs instead of long speakers cables.

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Originally Posted by dminches View Post

I have a balanced pre-amp and balanced mono blocks.  My long IC runs are from the pre to the amps.  They are both 25-30 feet.  I wanted to have long ICs instead of long speakers cables.

So your amp has balanced input and SE output ? Or is it balanced output with the speaker hooked across two outputs? 

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The ultimate question, DACMagic Plus or V-DAC II?

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Originally Posted by 2359glenn View Post

So your amp has balanced input and SE output ? Or is it balanced output with the speaker hooked across two outputs? 

 

Each amp has both single-ended and balanced inputs.  And each has 1 set of speaker terminals.

post #2375 of 10778

DACMagic Plus = $599

V-DAC II + V-PSU II = $508.  

 

I've never heard the DACMagic Plus, but the V-Combo is the best I've ever heard.  Look up a few reviews on google about the V-DAC II.  They are overwhelmingly positive.  Although, I'm sure the DACMagic is also a wonderful DAC.

 

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The ultimate question, DACMagic Plus or V-DAC II?

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SE it is then.. I'll research the V-DAC II and the Cambridge Audio DACmagic. I may get the DAC magic so then if I ever want to go balanced I already have the DAC for it..

 

I've had both. I preferred the Keces (no longer made) but have settled on the gamma 2 DIY dac.

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My limited experience from my two balanced headphone rigs is:

 

Some headphones benefit more from a balanced set up.

 

SS amps can provide true balanced configuration better than tube amps.

Not many tube amps have all the features like SE or Balanced input giving a Balanced output.

 

Depending on the design a good headphone tube amp doesn't need to be balanced.

post #2378 of 10778

+1 for the DMPlus. I enjoyed it for some time before I sprung for the W4S DAC-2.
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The ultimate question, DACMagic Plus or V-DAC II?

Not quite a fair comparison. The DACmagic Plus is balanced with volume control and a headphone jack. I would compare the V-DAC II to the DacMagic 100 and since my amp is warm sounding the DacMagic 100 may be a better choice and the V-DAC II may give SS amps more of a warmer sound.

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The ultimate question, DACMagic Plus or V-DAC II?

Not quite a fair comparison. The DACmagic Plus is balanced with volume control and a headphone jack. I would compare the V-DAC II to the DacMagic 100 and since my amp is warm sounding the DacMagic 100 may be a better choice and the V-DAC II may give SS amps more of a warmer sound.

What about with Glenns OTL amp? It will ONLY be used as a DAC.

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I consider the V-DAC to smooth, but neutral.  I wouldn't call it warm.  You won't have some distasteful synergy of a warm DAC feeding a tube amp.  I use it to feed my tube amp to very smooth and linear results.  I'm sure the DACMagic is also very linear as well.

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I consider the V-DAC to smooth, but neutral.  I wouldn't call it warm.  You won't have some distasteful synergy of a warm DAC feeding a tube amp.  I use it to feed my tube amp to very smooth and linear results.  I'm sure the DACMagic is also very linear as well.

Not sure which to gettongue_smile.gif Anyways, I've derailed the thread, I just will make sure not to get a warm DAC. Thanks for the help!

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Originally Posted by dminches View Post

I have a balanced pre-amp and balanced mono blocks.  My long IC runs are from the pre to the amps.  They are both 25-30 feet.  I wanted to have long ICs instead of long speakers cables.

 

David aren't IC cables more expensive per meter than speaker cables?

 

I thought you would loose more signal quality from long IC's than long speaker cables.

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Stavros, this is an open debate.  The consensus seems to be that long ICs are better than long speakers runs.  But I have heard both arguments.

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It's my understanding that the issue with speaker cable runs is the thickness of the cable.  The issue with IC runs is both length and shielding, which impacts thickness. 

 

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David aren't IC cables more expensive per meter than speaker cables?

 

I thought you would loose more signal quality from long IC's than long speaker cables.

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