Balanced XLR issues THX AAA 789
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My THX AAA 789 when I plug in a 4 pin XLR to RCA adapter to go into my electrostatic headphones energizer (I know unneeded and unnecessary considering the energizer operates as a perfectly decent amp itself designed to run the headphones) the 789 starts cutting out switching from orange to white back to orange. This however doesn't happen on the Cavalli tube hybrid amp that I own when I used the adapter on that amp (yes I know this amp isn't balanced so that technically makes a difference). I bought the 4 pin XLR adapter because I wanted to see how my electrostatics sounded on while also connected to my other amps and see if I liked the sound any more, not necessary but I like sound what can I say. Currently I do not own any balanced headphones to test if the 789 works properly on those but I wanted to know the communities thoughts on whether the issue is with the adapter I used which works perfectly on my hybrid amp, or if it is the fact that it's a unbalanced connection on a balanced port, or if the issue is the amp itself which I would then exchange for a new one if that was the issue. Honestly if it's either of the first two issues I'm not concerned at all because I really only wanted to hear my electrostatics on my tube amp anyway cause it colors the sound. The only issue I have is that I will be picking up a pair of balanced headphones in the near future and I don't want to be running into an issue where the amp doesn't work with those.
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ds60
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Jun 29, 2020
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Make sure your adapter is wired correctly, it sounds like maybe the protection circuit is preventing a short. Hopefully an electricity wizard (which I am not) can better answer your question.
Jun 29, 2020
DwarfWight
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Jun 29, 2020
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Yeah like I said. My adapter works perfectly on a non balanced amp with no issues at all so I don’t believe that it is an issue with the wiring of the adapter.
Jun 29, 2020
ds60
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Jun 29, 2020
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Sorry, I read that but it didn't click. That does sound like it could be an issue with the amp then, or maybe the Cavalli is just more tolerant to some potential disparate voltage over ground the adapter is allowing. That's a common issue with balanced to unbalanced adapters. Again, not an electricity wizard, so I could be wrong.
Jun 29, 2020