"This is the only Balanced XLR to RCA converter that gives you a variable output level
up to the full voltage of your balanced source! "
all Balanced to Unbalanced converters make the mistake of shunting the
secondary of the transformer with a load resistor to drop the voltage to
the industry consumer grade standard of 2 volts. We don't.
The reason is because reducing the higher voltage balanced output down
to 2 volts strangles the sound giving a lifeless result.
Because of this, unbalanced outputs would and almost always will sound better.
However, when you let the full voltage breathe with an easy load so that
it can develop the crushing dynamics and tremendous air and space
balanced is known for, you have a real winner. The ZBIT does this with a
special wide bandwidth transformer
feeding a high impedance load with a variable tap feeding the RCA jacks.
This way you can find the magic voltage that works best
with your preamp or amplifier completely by ear as you turn the level
control knob on the front of the ZBIT.
hooked my DAC up via the RCA jacks like most people probably do, and
getting what I thought was great sound. I actually got the ZBIT so
that I could listen to my tape machine which only has balanced XLR
outputs. The ZBIT worked great with the tape machine, but then I
decided to try it on my DAC, which also has XLR outputs and I was simply
STUNNED at what happened. I'm not exaggerating when I say it made
my DAC sound twice as good... I just couldn't believe how much
weight and density the sound got,
and the imaging has never been this good. The DAC now sounds as good or
better than my tape machine so I put it back in the closet."
- Robert Z
Options can be selected and priced from within the shopping cart.
- Single or Dual Output Level controls
- Stepped attenuator(s)
- Your choice of knobs
ZBIT stands for
Zen Balanced Input Transformer. It's purpose in life is to take
the XLR balanced output from a source component or preamplifier and
convert it to an unbalanced RCA jack that can feed your unbalanced audio
The output from the RCA jacks is fully adjustable from 0 to anywhere
between 3 & 10 volts ~ basically the full output voltage of your
balanced component. It is designed to be adjusted relative to the
volume control on your preamp or amplifier if you're not using a
preamp. Running the ZBIT adjusted high and the volume control on your preamp or amp low sounds completely different than running the ZBIT adjusted low and the amp or preamp adjusted high. This large difference in sound lives in an infinitely adjustable window between the two extremes giving you great control over the magic spot where it will sound best.
The ZBIT is ideal for low powered amps of all types, or high powered
amps that either have a gain control (input level) or use a preamp.
The ZBIT is also ideal for taking advantage of balanced cables over
longer distances. While cable quality is a factor, it is far less
of a factor with XLR cables than with RCA cables, so when we need to run
over 6 feet we use balanced cables that feed a ZBIT located 1 meter
away from the amp or preamp. From the ZBIT we use the best 1 meter
interconnect we have to feed the amp or preamp.
The transformer in the ZBIT is made in the USA by Jensen and has a
bandwidth from 10Hz ~ 95kHz. It is unmolested by Zobel or RC
networks leaving it to do what great transformers do.... impart
shimmering liquid highs with a massive improvement to dimensionality.
This balanced to unbalanced converter
DECWARE High Fidelity Engineering Co. It comes with a lifetime
warranty to the original owner. If you purchase one second hand and
ever have questions or technical problems we WILL be happy to check it
out for you and service it at a very reasonable rate.
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our gear going back 15 years.
|| 4 lbs.
|| 2.5" H x 6"
W x 10.5" D
||01Hz ~ 95kHz
|Gold or Silver
|13 kohm with a 10 kohm load
|107 dB at 60 Hz
|Up to +20 dBu at 20Hz
We offer this unit with a
30 day money
so you can
in your own room!