I can't wait to see W5000 balanced impressions. Congrats on the cans/cables, Elephas!
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5/5/07 at 4:26pm
edit: wow. the Y on the black dragon really looks too short. is it. does it get in the way or just feel too short in general. could you provide the length of the Y section of each cable.
Now this is strange.
Let`s put all pros and cons of balanced mode aside,
just asking for clarification:
No balanced source is used, no balanced amp either.
Just an XLR-cable for the headphone, which turns into a SE-cable again via adapter before entering the amp.
Did I get that right?
I`m really wondering how these amazing differences are possible.
Someone care to explain?
I might miss something, I might be a bit slow or dumb (or even both),
or am I just witnessing one of these famous "Head-Fi mysteries"?
Any explanation would be very much appreciated!
I've been following the pros and cons of balanced like many of us are. As you know, there are still many manufacturers that say there is no advantage in using a balanced set up. After reading your impressions, it seems as though at least some of the perceived "balanced" improvement comes from re-cabling.
It will be interesting to follow your adventures into the balanced arena.
It seems some of us were lucky and bought balanced stuff from Ken recently.
I've been using single-ended dynamic headphones for some time now, and going balanced seemed to be the next logical step. I was actually still thinking about it, until I saw Ken's balanced W5000 and K701 for sale and bought them from him.
After using these two recabled and balanced versions with the XLR-6.3mm adapter, I'm no longer hesitant about recabling my other headphones with balanced cables. Originally, I thought I might have to keep the stock W5000 or K701 in order to use them with single-ended amps.
I've ordered three more Oracle cables from Enigma Audio and will have them installed on my L3000, AD2000 and SA5000.
I'm currently waiting for the RSA Apache.