Originally Posted by zackzack
You are saying the benefit of a fully balanced DAC can only be heard through a balanced amplifier
I believe in theory that is correct (EDIT: at least from what other more educated engineers and experienced individuals have taught me). I've only tried two balanced rigs... my own, and another from a meet (was older balanced amp from Headroom I believe... don't remember the DAC, but that was balanced too). To my ears, the biggest difference was the soundstage and imaging improvement that I heard. Of course, with most balanced amps being very well designed in the first place, the improvements to overall transparency and resolution were noticeable too.
I A/Bed my Gungnir with a friend's Lyr and my Mojo and still found the soundstage and imaging to be better when balanced... however, the difference was not huge (could be an amp difference or simply cause of the tubes in the Lyr? He was using the JJs). In the end, it's best if you can demo one @ a meet or something. Gotta let your own ears decide for your wallet. Worst case scenario... you could do the Schiit 15 day return policy and try out their balanced stack (just remember you can only do that once per year )
Edited by joebobbilly - 6/16/13 at 2:02pm