Hello all, I am new to the headphone scene but in the last 3 months I have speant countless hours learning and watch Z in his office reviewing headphones, Amps and DACs.
I am currently using a Hifiman Sundara but I am not loving it and the open back doesn’t work for me in a house with my wife stuck together in quarantine.
Sound wise they may be better than my current set up allows for, I currently use an iPhone with a AudioQuest Cobalt AMp/DAC so I decided to try an Amp from Cavalli Carbon x and here is where my novice knowledge is killing me and I never see this question answered.
How do I go from my Cobalt that works as a preamp 3.5mm to balanced XLR on the Cavalli Amp, I see 3 options:
An XLR to 3.5 adapter: I think this would only get me left or right sound not both.
An XLR dual connecter splitter to 3.5: I’m afraid this could cause damage or cause a mono signal.
A XLR balancer that takes the Cobalt as a source and balances the signal to the left and right XLR of the Cavalli.
I am trying to not buy another DAC for now that would probably fix the issue, I spent a lot on the Cobalt and I like to use it as my main amp on for my Starfields my nightstand and while traveling.