- Apr 6, 2014
Does this help?
He says it avoids the headphone amp
Yes it is informative on many levels, but then on that particular point of the amp's output through XLR (and possible double amping), i find him to be ambiguous, at best. He does not recommend attempting to power one's full size headphones through the 5-pin XLR output, but he considers the port to be okay for IEMs, and he even suggests that the volume control would work for IEMs. Being able to power IEMs does suggest to me that AMP is not by-passed through the XLR port,, at least not completely. That power might not be strong or flexible enough to drive full size amps, but there seems to be enough there to drive IEMs. Apart from that ambiguity, I enjoy everything else about the presentation.
By the way, I have used the KC with my Cavalli Liquid Platinum before, and it sounded okay, but the experiment was rather brief. I remember deciding very quickly then that I preferred listening to each of the two components separately rather than when hooked together like that. But I do not consider that decision to be conclusive, as the testing i did was not extensive.