both the balanced and RCA outputs are at the same volume level so this is a convenient advantage the Capitol has allowing easy biamping. Works excellent for me. Thanks for your complement also.
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I run the balanced output of my AA direct to my amps and I run the single ended direct to my powered subwoofer
It works fabulously
I think the same would be true of what you are trying to do
Of course the Talon Roc sub I use has volume control
You may need to put a passive volume control before your powered speakers
But the AA hadles itself quite well
Thanks everybody. Since each set of speakers is in a different room, total valumn balance is not what I require. The McIntosh amp runs a pair of speakers in my living room and the other set of speakers is in my office. It is not as though one source is in direct competition with the other. I usually only run one set of speakers at a time. My main question was about the possibility of biamping and if it could adversely affect the AA. I am going to do it and I think I will have fun cross-testing my speakers(the left speaker balanced while the right is on the RCA. I can switch and double-switch and listen for a differance and I might then have an observation for Tireguy. Again, thanks.
Mejames, the Wolcott and VTL are both single ended products with balanced input jacks serving as built in adaptors. There is no circuitry, just a jumper that leads over to the RCA (single ended) circuit.
I spoke to Wolcott about this a few hours ago and to Luke last year.
This would explain the gain issue, regardless of whether the Audio Aero is truly balanced or not.
Okay. Now I have done it. I did an Audiogon search for adapters, thinking that I could order a pair of balanced XLR cables and plug an RCA adapter on one end. My search took me to an outfit called Audioparts(www.audiopartsinc.com). I Emailed my thoughts to them and a fellow named Stu offered to build me a pair of silver interconnects with the female XLR on one end and RCA at the other of a pair of six foot cables. The cost was $150.00. I figured for this experiment, this was a good idea. The cables are here and the improvement is very satisfactory. Oh, and Tireguy, yes it is louder.
I think I am going to settle down with the audioparts cable. This solves my problem, for now on biamping. Then again, the Audio Aero only allows me to load one CD in it at a time, which is a bummer when I want to play several CD's without having to get up to change them. I looked at the back of my Yamaha CD player (five disk-loading capacity) and, lo and behold, it has an optical interface.........