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fallenmig
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Aug 20, 2017
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Will there be any issue plugging a balanced cable to a single ended amplifier? Sound quality decrease or volume decrease?
Aug 20, 2017
Cokeman
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Aug 20, 2017
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What do you mean by single ended?
Aug 20, 2017
fallenmig
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Aug 20, 2017
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Headphone->Balanced Cable->Single ended output on Amp.
Aug 20, 2017
Cokeman
1977
Aug 20, 2017
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Single ended as in 1/4in?
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fallenmig
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1/4 and 3.5mm
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Cokeman
1977
Aug 20, 2017
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I’m confused what you are asking? You cant plug a 4pin XLR into a 1/4in or 3.5mm
Aug 20, 2017
fallenmig
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adapter?
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Cokeman
1977
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No adapter removes the benefits
Aug 20, 2017
ZiggyStar
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Aug 21, 2017
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Balanced to unbalanced is OK but then that means you're wasting your time and money for nulling out the benefits of balanced cable. Correct me if I'm wrong but I'm sure of it. You will need to connect it to a balanced sourced if you want the benefit at all.
Also on a side note, don't do unbalanced to balanced. You'll risk damaging your equipments.
Aug 21, 2017
fallenmig
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Aug 21, 2017
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So balanced cable to single ended amp is OK, just not having the balanced benefit. And unbalanced cable to balanced amp is bad, risk of damage equipment?
Aug 21, 2017
ZiggyStar
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Aug 21, 2017
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Yes, that is correct. You may also opt-in to "convert" your single ended amp to produce a balanced signal by using a balancing transformer of some sort. I don't know about this however. I usually find a fully balanced amp to save all the hassle.
There are also balanced 2.5mm, usually used on A&K DAPs. The Onkyo DP-X1 have it too. A lot of portable audio makers are starting to adapt it as well. You can also check this out if you want a more portable and balanced solution.
Aug 21, 2017
ZiggyStar
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Aug 21, 2017
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Or maybe join the Cavalli drop. I have only tried one Cavalli amp, it was the Cavalli Liquid Carbon I think. I couldn't quite recall my experiences with it however since it was a very short and brief session.
Aug 21, 2017
fallenmig
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Aug 21, 2017
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Everything I own now are single ended so if balance cable works on my existing gear then I don't have to invest in cables later when I acquire balanced DAC/Amp.
Thanks again for the info I was really confused and thought they all work like USB cables like USB2.0 and 3.0
Aug 21, 2017
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