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Until I get an Ayre KX-5 Twenty, I'm limited to 2 balanced inputs with the K-5xeMP, one used for a C-5xeMP and the other for a Sony HAP-Z1ES . Oppo Tech tells me the sound from the unbalanced output of a 205 should be identical to that from balanced output. But is that true of Ayre inputs? The 205 is claimed to be fully balanced with dual differential channels. Could I expect the sound to be superior if I connected it to a balanced input of the Ayre?
An article by Harley in Absolute Sound seems to suggest that if both units are not fully balanced it might be better to use single-ended to avoid additional processing. I'm pretty sure my Ayre disc player, pre-amp, and VX-5 Twenty amp are fully balanced, and the 205 is said to be, but I don't know about the Sony.
Perhaps it's time to get s 2:1 balanced switch.
I agree with 3+4=5 - listening always beats theory, especially for the end user. (A manufacturer can always change the internal circuitry.) For more detail on the theory, please refer to the link below.
If you're wondering whether balanced sounds better with your 205, can't you simply unplug one of your balanced components and test the 205 into a balanced input? That's what I'd do!
My system used to be balanced with my Pass Labs X1 control preamplifier. It sounded great. Ten months ago I built a Vacuum Tube Audio preamplifier kit with unbalanced I/O. Now my system sounds even better with unbalanced connections.
Regardless, you should find it quite easy to test whether your 205 benefits from balanced vs unbalanced by simply unplugging one of your balanced components and testing your 205. My BDP-105D sounds identical either way.
If it were easy, that would be the obvious solution. But access to my cables is not easy.
I had hoped that Charles Hansen might read this thread. I'm unaware of a tech email address for Ayre like that for Oppo. So I posted at Audiogon, AVS, and here.
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