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Old 3rd May 2018, 06:48 PM   #51
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Can anyone recommend a DIY Balanced (XLR in) Headphone Amplifier for under $400? I am using Audeze EL-8 (open-backs), SoundMagic HP150 headphone, and Shure SE425 IEMs.

I have multiple DACs with XLR outputs (DSC1.Difference & ES9038Pro based DAC) and I am looking to use them as intended. I do not care to hear people debate the merits of balanced vs unbalanced amplifiers. I found it obvious that XLR has much better noise rejection properties and completely balanced DACs (DSC1) will never be as good converting XLR to RCA (even my Douglas Self designed XLR to RCA converter/pre-amp can't match true balanced DAC -> balanced Amp).

Thanks in advance for any recommendations! If there aren't really any in a kit that are up to the task, I am fine with a schematic and parts list.
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Old 3rd May 2018, 08:00 PM   #52
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Can anyone recommend a DIY Balanced (XLR in) Headphone Amplifier for under $400? I am using Audeze EL-8 (open-backs), SoundMagic HP150 headphone, and Shure SE425 IEMs.

I have multiple DACs with XLR outputs (DSC1.Difference & ES9038Pro based DAC) and I am looking to use them as intended. I do not care to hear people debate the merits of balanced vs unbalanced amplifiers. I found it obvious that XLR has much better noise rejection properties and completely balanced DACs (DSC1) will never be as good converting XLR to RCA (even my Douglas Self designed XLR to RCA converter/pre-amp can't match true balanced DAC -> balanced Amp).

Thanks in advance for any recommendations! If there aren't really any in a kit that are up to the task, I am fine with a schematic and parts list.
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Old 26th March 2019, 02:11 PM   #53
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Thanks for the infos!
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