Is Schiit Freya fully balanced?
The Schiit Audio Freya S balanced preamplifier solved both those problems. It has two fully balanced inputs (and three single-ended) and both fully balanced and single ended outputs. And in one of its modes, its gain is 4.0, or 12dB.
How good is the Schiit Freya plus?
Overall, I enjoyed the solid state and the tube modes best on the Freya+, at times, one over the other. I often had difficulty distinguishing between the passive and solid state modes, but ultimately solid state won out due to a slightly fuller sound at higher volumes.
Are balanced DACs worth it?
Balanced offers greater common-mode noise rejection and often better power-supply noise rejection but in practice rarely makes much if any of an audible difference. Output impedance is generally higher for balanced audio circuits than for single-ended, a minus for a headphone amp.