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Old 02-24-2019, 10:45 PM
nrenter nrenter is offline
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The balanced cable will yield preferred results over a a singled ended cable at the same performance level. So Transparent Reference Balanced cable should be better than a Transparent Reference Cable that is single ended with Ayre gear. But if you drop down a level to balanced Ultra, going from an older single ended Reference to their newest Balanced Ultra (Gen 5) was almost a draw, with the balanced Ultra winning by a small margin, but going from single ended Reference to impedance matched Balanced Reference Gen 5 was a HUGE improvement with QX-5 and AX-5 in every way. You can’t just go from single ended to balanced and expect a significant improvement unless you are getting a better cable than what you have.
We shall agree to disagree. The balanced spec was designed to minimize the affect of the cable. What you are hearing is induced coloration due to the single ended cable, which you may prefer.
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