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Originally Posted by cel4145
I think a lot of these people that proclaim balanced to sound so much better have never compared balanced/unbalanced with the same speakers and DAC. What they've done is upgrade their DAC, and so the improvement in SQ is coming from that, if there is actually any at all (audio memory is so unreliable). Well, except for those few that actually had external interference via RCA cables. So many of us without unbalanced don't seem to have a problem, I can't imagine that those with actual interference problems can be that significant.
I can compare BOTH balanced and unbalanced on the fly with the DC-1 and there is no audible difference since my cable runs are only 6'. I don't even have dedicated sound cards in my computers since I use either the TosLink or USB UAC 2.0 to send the audio to the DAC. Only reason I went with balanced XLR is so that I can use the unbalanced for the sub-woofer. Using good, shielded RCA cables would probably work just as well.
Denon AVR X7200WA, Emotiva XPR-5, Emotiva XPA-7, Sony XBR 75" 850C, Oppo UDP-203, Roku Ultra.
DefTech BP7000SC (L/R), CLR3000 (C), SM55 (FH), UIW BPZ/A (SB), UIW 75 (TM).
JBL L7 (Sur), EoSone RSR 350 (RH).
PC 2.1 setup. Emotiva Stealth 6, SVS SB16-Ultra sub, Emotiva DC-1 DAC.