I agree with this. From my impressions reading through this forum and the headphones forum, getting a balanced Amp, DAC is quite an endeavor and costly one at that.
If personally I was ever to purchase balanced source/amp, then I would budget in getting headphones balanced as well. As I also understand that getting a headphone reterminated it not always enough, but rather recabled properly to ensure its balanced, especially a headphone like mine which is single sided. Aside from the expenses, doesn't seem to make sense to drive a balanced, 4 channel into a single ended headphone, just seems like its defeating the point of having a balanced amp.
Interesting thread nevertheless. I learned a lot from Grawk, m1abrams, and Kees. Good to know its good chance hazardous to the amp to do what you suggested WindowsX.
BTW WindowsX, I have replaced the plug on my headphone, and what I saw was three wires. One for each driver and the third was the ground. I didn't see four, but then I don't understand this entire thread completely either.
Originally Posted by krmathis
I don't get it!
Why drop out the last part (cable connector), when you already have a balanced amplifier (4 channel)?
/me think the OP have not read his balanced audio homework!