You guys are very knowledgeable, I have been enjoying reading the posts for the past week since I started to research. I tried to find the answer to my question but I can't find a truly clear answer regarding using XLR balanced out to listen to a movie using headphones. I would appreciate any insight any of the knowledgeable people here may have on the subject. Thanks for your time and input in advance.
I have had my Sony Wega TV, Sony ES DVD/CD player, and Sony ES A/V Receiver for 10 years now and am considering upgrading to the Cambridge Audio Azur 752BD blu-ray/dvd player, Azur851C CD Player, and Azur 751R receiver to go along with my purchase of a new Sony Bravia 4K TV.
My question surrounds the benefits, if any, of listening to Blu-Ray movies using symmetrical XLR analog output. I own a Sennheiser HDVD800 amplifier and HD800 headphones. The pairing of this amp and this headphone are incredible using XLR for LP's, SACDs, and listening to movies using digital output sound incredible as well, the Burr-Brown DAC build into the HDVD800 just handles the DAC better than anyhing my ears have ever heard. Every little nuance of a 5.1 or 7.1 mix is converted perfectly to Left and Right analog sound.
The thing is, my Sony ES player doesn't have XLR outputs so I've never had the chance to test what a movie might sound like if using a balanced XLR output to the Sennhesier HDVD800 amp, instead of sending the digital signal as I do with my current setup.The Cambridge Azur752BD also does not have XLR outputs, which is why I would also upgrade to the Azur851C CD player which does have XLR outputs for the purposes of listening to music using Analog signal. But going with the Cambridge products won't help me for movies, I'd be in the same position I am now. But the Oppo BDP-105 and the Marantz UD7007 blu ray players do have XLR outputs. Instead of buying the Azur 752 and 851, I could just buy Oppo or Marantz and get a Blu Ray/DVD/CD player that has XLR outputs. I'd prefer the Cambridge products, but if there is going to be some sort of benefit of listening to movies using the Balanced/Analog XLR output from the blu ray player instead of feeding a digital signal to the Sennhesier HDVD800 amp and allowing it's DAC to convert, then I would go with one of those two Blu Ray players that have the XLR outs.
It really is a technical question, I do not have an advanced enough knowledge of the technology, or experience ever hearing a movie track using Analog, to determine if allowing the Oppo or Marantz player to directly read the audio data from the Blu Ray disc and output an analog signal directly to the Sennheiser amp is going to give me a cleaner reproduction of the audio track than sending a digital signal from the Blu Ray player to the Sennheiser Amp and letting its' advanced DAC do the converting to analog before it hits my ears.
I have a nice Klipsch 7.1 surround sound setup, but you know, sometimes its late at night and blasting the speakers isn't an option, which is why I have the Sennhesier HD800 and HDVD800.
Thanks again for the assistance.