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Do we need the WHOLE BALANCED SYSTEM ?

post #1 of 5
Thread Starter 

I'm using my PC as source, and i gonna buy a balanced DAC and Balanced preamp/headamp (or just a single balanced amp, if they exist). What i confused is when the i connect PC (optical)->balanced (DAC ->amp -> headphone), just only my PC using optical, is this something wrong if i use this ?

post #2 of 5

youll need two optical cables for a proper differential signal - some pro audio cards will give you this option.  without it, youre only getting an SE signal in the digital domain, and won't get the full audio benefits. 

 

 

 

...just kidding, what you suggest is indeed fully balanced. 

post #3 of 5

Man I almost got trolled, I did one of theseblink.gif on that first part. I applaud thee Senor Doug.

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Originally Posted by El_Doug View Post

youll need two optical cables for a proper differential signal - some pro audio cards will give you this option.  without it, youre only getting an SE signal in the digital domain, and won't get the full audio benefits. 

 

 

 

...just kidding, what you suggest is indeed fully balanced. 

post #4 of 5
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Originally Posted by El_Doug View Post

youll need two optical cables for a proper differential signal - some pro audio cards will give you this option.  without it, youre only getting an SE signal in the digital domain, and won't get the full audio benefits. 

 

 

 

...just kidding, what you suggest is indeed fully balanced. 

LoL, i'm strainning my eyes to read all comment above, and ... nice joke wink.gif

post #5 of 5
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And a common question. Does the quality of XLR is better than unbalanced signal ? Cuz i heard someone said "we can't recognize the quality from both of them. Some headamp production made the XLR output "bigger sound" than the unbalanced so someone could be misunderstood "

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