Why is it advertised as a balanced amp when its neither balanced internally or at the output (xlr measures the same as 1/4 inch) ? The only differences go on in the cable which are not a part of the product. Don't get me wrong it's a good amp at a good price but this type of advertising just feeds into all the misinformation in the audio industry.

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Oct 31, 2021
I don't have this amp, and I don't know what kind of circuitry it contains, but it doesn't matter if it's not internally balanced, and it doesn't matter if it doesn't have a bridged output. Bridged outputs provide four times the output power, but that's their only benefit when driving typical headphones or loudspeakers, which are inherently balanced anyway and derive no benefits from being driven by balanced drivers. "Internally balanced" amplifier circuits are generally utterly pointless and provide no benefits that can't be provided by simpler, cheaper circuits. I agree that advertising is often misleading and dishonest, but in this specific case, it's not. The problem here is the ignorance of audiophiles and reviewers who have no clue what balanced circuits are and how they work. Further reading, written by Very Intelligent People: Bruno Putzeys: chrome-extension://efaidnbmnnnibpcajpcglclefindmkaj/viewer.html? John Siau:

Nov 26, 2021
oh yeah I know it really doesnt matter here, its already delivering 1.9 watts on low gain into 33 ohms... just why put it in the title of all things when its not even true