I have a DAC that has only has RCA. If I were to connect the DAC and AMP through single end and use the balanced connection my headphones will that work? What are the pros and cons? Also what if I were to use an XLR to RCA cable to connect the DAC and AMP? Will it effect the sound quality in any way?

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Yog-Sothoth
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May 5, 2021
No, it will not work. To use the balanced output of 789 you need to feed it balanced input. To feed 789 balanced input, you need a DAC with balanced output. However, balanced vs single ended is mainly about power delivery. Especially with something like 789 there will not be any real quality difference between balanced and SE outputs. If you want to use your balanced headphones with SE output of 789, you can simply use an adapter from SE to XLR.
dolphin_senpai
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May 5, 2021
That answers everything! Thank you!