I was hoping that someone out there is also using a Vector 3/4 into a ASR Basis Exclusive and had experimented using the balanced in option (well XLR's in at any rate rather than the standard RCA's). I am currently running RCA's in and balanced out and am very happy with the results but I am wondering if there are any performance gains to be had from going to the extra expense of re-terminating the phono ccable. Additionally, if anyone has done this how have they completed the wiring? That is, how have you used pin 1? Have you split the ground?
04-11-09: Phaser Dre, many thanks for your very detailed response. Most helpful. Did you find this generated less noise than the RCA connection of your phono stage or was balanced the only option for it? Also were there any obvious sonic benefit for you in going the balanced route? Phaser (Reviews | Threads | Answers | This Thread)
04-12-09: Phaser Dre, thanks once again for taking the time to listen so that you could give such a clear comparison between the two terminations. The noise level comparisons, given the way the Basis PSTT phono cable is terminated should be as you have stated with the XLR termination but good to have the confirmation.
Your discussion re the sonic differences between the two connections is interesting and your observations with your Ayre do correspond with what ASR say about their unit; that ultimate performance comes via the balanced connections.