I need balanced, so a balanced preamp will cost at least $2000. In addition Into not like having the extra wiring clutter. One last thing is it eliminates an extra DA conversion.\n\nWhy would you need a preamp with balanced outputs? If this is for your home system and you don't have to run long interconnects, there is no advantage except more secure connections with the balanced XLR plugs. You can get interconnects with male RCA at one end and female XLR at the other.