Originally Posted by audiolover718
Looking for any percieved improvements. I have searched this thread and see more questions about using the balanced inputs. I am considering nixing the RCA's and going with balanced for connecting to the amplifier. After going balanced with my other gear, there was in fact a nice difference in the clarity. I am currently using some monster 1000 component cables as audio cables since I no longer need them. It does sound very nice, but hey i'm down for an upgrade. But does the 886 sound worse in balanced mode? Im assuming that there is more crap in the signal path when using the balanced out and I might be actually better off using the RCA. Who's used both?
I have used both. I prefer balanced only because of the more secure connection. I like hearing it click in. LOL.
One issue I ran into using XLR balanced had to do with my amps, Emotiva XPA-2 and XPA-5. The gain using balanced is @6db hotter than rca. That caused an issue with Audyssey. It set my surround speakers all at -12db, which is the max. All I had to do was set each speaker level using a radio shack meter to compensate for the unusually high gain. I left the loudest surround speaker at -12 db and then adjust each other speaker using the meter to match it.
I didn't notice any sound quality difference between the two. My setup is dead silent with nothing playing. I don't hear any hiss or hum at all. I am using monoprice XLR cables and I am very happy with the quality for the money. If you have some free time on your hands order a set from Monoprice and do your own comparison. Just remember that you will have to calibrate your speakers when you swap them.
They are cheap enough to try out: http://www.monoprice.com/products/pr...t=1#largeimage