DAC to amp - balanced or RCAs?

Discussion in 'DACs' started by drabina, Apr 19, 2018.

  1. drabina

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    One more question regarding DACs. I am in a market for one and my amplifier (Yamaha A-S2100) has balanced inputs. Would finding a DAC with balanced outputs give me better sound quality over the RCA connections?
     

     

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  2. botrytis

    botrytis Trying not to be a Small Speaker Hoarder Subscriber

    Well, they can be quieter and can be used for longer runs. My DAC (TEAC UD-501) has balanced outs but my pre-amp (Audio Research SP-16) does not so I don't use them. I just use the best RCA's I can afford.
     
  3. soundmig

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    Use Balanced if you can. There is a reason that all (well nearly all) pro gear is balanced. Quieter, long runs less problematic, etc.
     
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  4. E-Stat

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    Use balanced with both my rigs.
     
  5. Yamaki

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    Another vote for using balanced XLR connections.
     
  6. drabina

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    Thanks. Balanced it is then.
     

     

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  7. Huck

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    Just to add a bit...I was recently using the RCA outs on my Benchmark DAC1 USB going to my KRK 8S subwoofer and from there via XLR to my JBL LSR 305's and there was a buzz coming through the JBL's at about number 12 on the volume...have just now changed over to all XLR's and now the JBL's are turned all the way up to 20 and the sub turned all the way up 40 clicks and there is zero buzz,zero hum,....dead quiet! Huck
     
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