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post #1696 of 1705

I'm running the Gungnir single ended rather than balanced and it STILL beat out the Bryston DAC (and the Bryston is very good) in my system. I wouldn't worry about it at all, if your system can be run with all balanced cables then give it a try and see which way YOU prefer it, if not, don't worry about it. Enjoy your music and try to forget about the gear, easier said than done I know, but too much focus on the gear (once you have your system together) can steal some of that enjoyment you'd be having with your music and its supposed to be about the music. Go online and order yourself a new album, CD or High-Rez download and enjoy the music. 

Good luck! 


Edited by KLJTech - 1/27/15 at 6:22am
post #1697 of 1705
When my rig was Gungnir>Mjolnir>lcd3 a little while back I swapped out the bal interconnects for se out of curiosity. The changes where not super obvious. If I was to do a blind test I don't think I would fair too well. Like KLJTech was saying, how your hooked up to your amp shouldn't have bearing on your musical enjoyment.
post #1698 of 1705

My amp outputs dual mono into a single 1/4" jack, but it is capable of receiving either a balanced or unbalanced signal.  Currently, my DAC is the Bifrost Uber, and since I recently picked up the LCD-2.2F, the itch to upgrade my DAC has arisen.  I'm trying to squash that temptation.

 

My question is: will the Gungnir be a noticeable upgrade over the Bifrost?  Also, would I receive any benefit of using the balanced connections from the Gungnir over the SE outputs since my amp converts to dual mono output?

 

I'm not too familiar with the Gungnir sound and the conversion process of dual mono.

post #1699 of 1705

Sounds like your amp just has XLR inputs for convenience and that only the + taps are used internally.  What is it?

 

And yes the Gungnir is better than the Bifrost Uber.

post #1700 of 1705
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Originally Posted by Solude View Post
 

Sounds like your amp just has XLR inputs for convenience and that only the + taps are used internally.  What is it?

 

And yes the Gungnir is better than the Bifrost Uber.

 

TEAC HA-501.  Dual mono.

post #1701 of 1705

Dual mono is pure marketing is this case and yes internally it is single ended.  It is dual mono in the same way every two channel amp that shares a pot and power supply is which is to say... not.

post #1702 of 1705
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Originally Posted by Solude View Post
 

Dual mono is pure marketing is this case and yes internally it is single ended.  It is dual mono in the same way every two channel amp that shares a pot and power supply is which is to say... not.

 

I didn't get it because it was labeled as dual mono.  I got it because it sounds awesome.  Great pair with the LCD-2.2F.

post #1703 of 1705

Didn't say it didn't.

post #1704 of 1705
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Originally Posted by Solude View Post
 

Didn't say it didn't.

I know. Sometimes meanings are hard to convey over messages. I knew it wasn't "true" dual mono since it didn't have two separate power supplies. :beerchug:

post #1705 of 1705

i've owned my Gung now for nearly a year. i recently had a Wyrd on loan and decided to buy one yesterday. fed via a newer Lenovo laptop with W8.1, i found my rig to be more resolving and detailed. messing around with different amps and HPs, this definitely falls under the category of "YMMV".

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