Apr 3, 2011 at 10:27 AM
- Aug 13, 2009
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- Aug 13, 2009
- Twice the power of what?
- Four channels? No there are two channels, left and right. Grounds? Where do you think the power goes that is emitted from the "+" terminal of the amp?
Hey Kevin, stop baiting the trolls... Seriously, there is a huge community here who believe that balanced = better, based largely on swallowing a lot of marketing malarky. Their conviction is based on religion rather than knowledge, so you'll never convert them. You only stir them up! "Balanced = better" is taken on faith, since few people have your understanding of the difference between single-ended configurations and balanced configurations. They don't want the truth... They can't handle the truth (thank you Jack Nicholson).
I've had an ongoing discussion with a couple of guys on another forum who are into the radical fringes of low power single-ended practice. They argue that "simple is better." Their contention is that every component that passes a signal will affect to a greater or lesser degree. Thus they feel that a truly balanced approach, where a dual-differential pair of amplification circuits are used with a floating ground, will always harm a signal more than amplification with a single-ended approach. They argue that the former will use nearly twice as many components, and thus presents twice as many opportunities to harm the signal. They are strong proponents of Japanese single-ended gear like Shindo or Yamato, which is characterized by purity of tone, and great delivery of timbre. Actually, I've been on the opposite side of that discussion, which is fun!, but it has been an interesting dialog.