Originally Posted by dan.gheorghe
Thank you for the input. Greatly appreciated. So you felt the difference easily between the RCA and XLR outputs from Analog Dac. When you said that not with headphones,not even with HD800? (I feel that HD800 scales the most).
Is it a big difference between the rca and xlr inputs from M9? Will test it myself. For now I did not feel a huge difference, even if I had significantly better cables on xlr inputs than the rca ones. However, it might be because MSB is better on rca ....
Damn it... :)) I suspected that because Analog dac is not balanced might be a problem :)) I liked it so much that I didn't care and bought it anyway.
Sorry if there was confusion from my previous post, but to answer your question.. yes there is a difference between using the RCA vs. XLR with the Analog. Note that the differences are more significant to my ears via speakers, but headphones (esp. the HD800) also sound better via SE outs.
As for a "big" difference between the RCA and XLR inputs on the M9, slightly better focus, more depth, and detail but I'm talking small differences here (cables, etc.). Overall, other than the obvious power difference the XLR/RCA are very comparable. Put it this way, I wouldn't be afraid that I was losing bits of sound, etc. (plug in various opinions about SE vs BAL here) if my main setup was utilizing only half of what the M9 can do (via RCA).
The difference was definitely the Analog in that particular setup. The M9 paired with the PWD MKII, or my M7/OR5 I thought the balanced signal sounded better than the single-ended. That is not to say that is the case for all equipment.
Like Darryl has said, there are plenty of valid arguments that single-ended can be equal a balanced design or better it in some respects both in theory and in real life. It really comes down to the individual gear and design. Some DACs (or AMPs) I've heard sound better using one over the other, other times they are identical.
Edited by Greed - 6/14/14 at 12:27pm