I recently purchased a new BHK 250 stereo amp to complement the BHK preamp I’ve been using for several months. Having been a long time reader of audio forums I think it’s fair to say the prevailing opinion from most audiophiles regarding balanced vs. single ended connections is that there are lesser differences to be heard between balanced cables and their connectors than is the case with single ended cables. I more or less accepted this idea and purchased a pair of Wireworld Eclipse interconnects, a mid level price cable that is generally thought to have a good performance/price balance.
Since the day I installed the BHK 250 amp (and Wireworld cables) I found my system’s previous balance to be altered too far in the direction of overly energetic and edgy sound, definitely not conducive to relaxing into the music and forgetting about the gear. I experimented with different power cables, tubes in the BHK’s, power conditioners for source gear and the preamp and nothing really changed - still too edgy and energetic. However, when I swapped the balanced Wireworld interconnects from the preamp/amp connection to the output of my JL Audio F112 and reinserted the single ended Luminous Audio Synchestra References I’ve always preferred - Voila! - balance and harmony restored. I cannot believe how BAD the balanced Wireworld cables sound in comparison.
So I’m curious if any of you other BHK component owners have had similar experiences. Have you found great differences in balanced cables or various brands of XLR connectors? I think the thing for me to do at this point is to see if Luminous Audio might have a set of balanced interconnects to audition. FWIW, I’m using Tidal Piano Cera speakers which are quite revealing speakers although not the ultimate in treble extension.