Originally Posted by NA Blur
Perhaps someone in the industry can comment on how this is possible in particular wider soundstage among "other things"?
As pointed out to me truly balanced setups all of the way up to the headphone and cable introduces more uncertainty than with a single ended setup because there are almost double the components. For me it is not a matter of cost because I have a balanced setup and when I did the test I initially thought I heard "improvements". I was very excited that my near balanced gear improved upon my single ended setup, but then after much more testing I found out that I could not hear the difference at all and it was the perceived increase in volume that made me think the sound quality improved.
Anyone want to conduct a blind test?
and who do you consider ''in the industry''
reguardless, i still feel like balanced is the way to go. i was using a toxic silver poison SE cable had the cable reterminated to rsa balanced, listened to the balanced setup for the first time, and i notice right away the soundstage was ALOT wider. i mean the other things more more subtle but the soundstage width was IMO most noteable thing off bat.
maybe this is so, that you hear increased volume and perceived ''more'' improvements because it was louder.
but i particularly like my volume pot to be minute, i particualrly like small increments to increase the volume exponentially some dont like this. so with the RSA sr-71b on high gain, i would say i noticed the volume pot to get louder with smaller increments but IMO not overall loud in general without adjusting the volume.
actually i perceived the volume to be slightly lower because the soundstage was perceived to be wider...if that makes sense
maybe it doesnt. alls i know is i went balanced and love it.....maybe there are other factors that need to be taken into play here, 1, what amp are you using 2,what dac are you using 3,what cables are you using 4,what interconnects are you using
i mean one spends so much time debating on weather or not something makes a difference, personally i think it does, and really thats all that matters, its all subjective anyway so the op can either use subjective reasoning to influence his decision or use objective reasoning....
one of the other reasons i went to rsa balanced is becuase to me it seems like its becoming a audiophile grade industry standard, i mean ibasso likes the hirose, but rsa,alo,cypher labs and others have been incorperating the kobbiconn balanced cable more and more, and it seems like the 3.5 although probably wont be phased out completely, balanced does seem to be popping up more and more, and so to keep up with technology i went balanced.
also, even though i personally like higher gain settings, this doesnt mean im perceiving more sound quality, if thats the case, then i am perceiving more sound quality and actually listening to music through a amp on high setting yeilds better sound quality......i dont think so. at best it just makes the volume pot smaller so you can increase the volume louder in smaller increments, however that doesnt mean that i am listening to music louder than if i was to not be using any gains at all across the board the volume is the same becuase im listening to the music at the same volume gains or not, in other words, volume isnt influencing sound. and definitly not influencing sound quality. i mean gains Add volume but they dont add sound quality. i would say if you are letting volume influence your perception of sound quality, then its not sound quality but volume. but volume isnt influencing sound quality....thus canceling each other out as a subjective reasoning to the argument that loudness increases and influences sound quality.......esp if the volume is matched
Edited by Mooses9 - 10/10/13 at 7:57pm