- Jun 13, 2019
True of course. For me using XLR for both in and out does offer both advantages, as having the additional power on tap when needed is great. With three gain level settings, there really is no downside for me.
So getting more power out of balanced headphone out is really just a design decision. Personally I prefer an amplifier that does not require me to mod any of my headphones that have fixed cables (or single-entry removable cables), just so I can get that extra power. This is why I prefer @tomchr's design on the HP-1, where you have the XLR headphone out for people who already have those cables and want to use them, but you're not getting shafted on power when using the SE port; I don't like to mod expensive things unless I absolutely have no choice, and I imagine I'm not alone here.