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  • #16
    They need to for the reason of this post.
    Balanced cancels some noise in longer than 6 foot runs
    it also shields noise in Audio applications and digital too.
    An AES is a balanced spidif cAble.
    As for is balanced better in a design I think not less components should yield better sound. Se rulls for me.
    But amps and preamps need both. Amps need it for connection of long runs. Preamps need it as an out put and inputs. How it’s achived meaning truly balanced or not
    I cannot conclude on as the circuit designed is the reason for it being a varible.
    A SE TO BAL transformer converter has its Merritt too it allows for ground isolation that yields better per performance if a system is not powered correctly or one device leaks to ground.
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    • #17
      I will be swapping my Audible Illusions L3A linestage (SE only) for a PS Audio BHK Sig pre. As the BHK offers the possibility of balanced cables, I am curious this group's thoughts re switching certain runs to XLR. My runs are short (1M pre/amp/source; 2M to subs).

      In general, I've heard that for shorter runs XLR connections offer little benefit over RCA. I am very happy with my system's sound as well as my current cable mix (see below). I have only the slightest hum from my Harbeth 30.2s (cannot identify a ground loop culprit), and am thinking this may be because my L3A sits between/close to my BHK 300s on the same shelf (space constraints), and so maybe some feedback there which XLR's might address? OTOH, once the music starts the hum is inaudible.

      Thanks,
      Daniel
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      PS BHK 300 monos; Audilbe Illusions L3A/PS Audio BHK pre; Modwright/Oppo Sonica DAC; Fidelizer Nimitra S server/Nikola S PSU; Harbeth m30.2; dual HUS ULS15 MK2 subs; Antimode 8033ii; Bryston BHA-1 headamp; Sennheiser 800s; Musical Concepts Modded Rotel 1072 CDP

      Cables (RCA)
      Syn Research Element Copper and Tesla Accel LE (pre/amp/DAC)
      DH Labs Silver Sonic Air Matrix (Anti-mode/subs)
      Wireworld Eclipse 8 (Rotel CDP)

      Power:
      Syn Res Powercell 8
      Various PCs - Syn Res; Shunyata; Wywires; Wireworld

      Isolation: Herbies; Isoacoustics (Orea, Isopuck, L8R200) Symposium Audio (Roller Block Jrs, Svelte Plus)

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