What Sam S said about single ended v balanced is 100% correct. My phono stage has a true differential signal path as does my Mark Levinson 433. Once I tried the AVP's balanced option, even with budget XLR cables, the improvement was astonishing. One thing to bear in mind, and to reinforce Sam S, just because a component has XLR in/outs doesn't necessarily mean it is has a true differential signal path. The AVP does as does my amp and his, but you have to look closely to be sure.
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10/25/12 at 6:52am