What is the shell of your 3.5mm plug made of? If it`s metal, it`s the older versions, some of which have a history of cable failure (like mine). If it`s plastic, it`s the new and supposedly improved.
Speaking of new and improved, brethren, I had a higly audiorogasmic session today with my AK player and 2 T5P
On the right is the regular Beyer T5P, plugged in to the single-ended output of my AK; on the left is the $1500 AKT5P, The Astell&Kern branded version, plugged into the balanced output of my AK. I could A-B back and forth just by toggling one button on the AK, so it was nearly instant comparison. And more than a little mind-blowing.
Short story: AKT5P has all the detail, soundstage and sparkle, with a seriously fattened up low end. . .
I was instantly distracted, obsessed, in desperate need . . .