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Will there be any issue plugging a balanced cable to a single ended amplifier? Sound quality decrease or volume decrease?
What do you mean by single ended?
Headphone->Balanced Cable->Single ended output on Amp.
Single ended as in 1/4in?
I’m confused what you are asking? You cant plug a 4pin XLR into a 1/4in or 3.5mm
No adapter removes the benefits
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.
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?
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.
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.
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