"I’m sure there are people who would tell you that it makes no difference whether you run your Mad Dogs balanced or 1/4″ out of the Hi-Fi-M8. I own and LOVE my Mad Dogs, and just used them with my HiFi-M8 on a recent trip down to Los Angeles. I was just posting about it at Head-Fi.org actually (so funny you should ask).
I ran both 1/4″ and balanced, and personally I preferred running my Mad Dogs balanced (4-pin XLR) out of the HiFi-M8. I’m listening to that match-up right now as I type this. After going back to the 1/4″, and then back to the 4-pin XLR (balanced) I find I get better separation, deeper dimensionality (space between instruments/sounds) and the bass response sounds more controlled, more rounded. The notes are easier to pick out. As a matter of fact I often find this to be true whenever I have a source that gives me the balanced option for my Mad Dogs. It’s a great combination btw. I also want to stress that listening through the 1/4″ is also a grand experience w/ the HiFi-M8, if that’s your only option you still get the sparkle factor from the CEntrance unit."
[CEntrance HiFi-M8: An Evolution in Portable Fidelity - Michael Mercer]
Any other comments on "single-end Mad Dog + single-ended CEntrance HiFi-M8" VS "balanced Mad Dog + balanced CEntrance HiFi-M8"?