Out of? NFB10. Improved? Maybe? Sounds pretty good though. Solid.
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Maybe it meant that you won't necessarily need to use a balanced amp to get that much slam and control without screwing up the soundstage (some people think these attributes are all the same but in some systems the source or amp screws up the response and subsequently the soundstage; with a proper amp it just drives the cans without running out of breath.)
My Meier Cantate actually drives them really well, but despite only two units in this country, it doesn't get much attention for its sound because it doesn't use a sophisticated DAC (which as I've posted many times prior as being superior to a lot of CDPs I tried the amp with). It does get a lot of attention for two other things. First, its chassis, and some in the know ask if it's a Shanling. Second, for its name, because some people have no idea what the heck a "cantate" is and it sounds like the Tagalog slang word for fornication, and at best think that the name unintentionally implies an eargasm or something (instead of looking up "cantate" on Google, especially if you are in any way familiar with the Meier Audio naming scheme).
Ok what I meant is I am not sure did it improve on balanced output, but I don't really care anymore because it is sounding so good to me at this moment. I.e. I did not bother testing between single/balanced or cable or another DAC or amp or whatever.
Also, TRRS can be used to provide a mic or balanced audio depending on the manufacturing, and NO your HD600 came only with a TRS jack. TRS jacks have 2 black strips while TRRS has 3 ;)
When I had the HD800 I noticed a pretty significant upgrade going balanced, you go from the last rows in the concert hall towards the front so you are more enveloped by the orchestra, much closer to the conductor. But most recordings don't have a soundstage to speak of so YMMV. Generally, balanced means a bit more clarity and control and better soundstage when the recording is good.
I didn't test the current HD600 to see if it has a similar soundstage effect. Balanced isn't a make it or break it option at all, it's just a perk.
The improvements might be higher in a portable amplifier if the single ended part of the amplifier doesn't have enough power for your particular headphone, but that's a rare case - like some old 600ohm AKG's or something.
Does anybody have experience with the HD650 vs HD600 headband padding? Mine is pretty much gone so I'd like to get a new one. The HD650's padding is different and I'm wondering if it may be even better wise compared to the stock padding.
I have a HD600 and I use the HD650 headband padding. I find it quite a bit more comfortable, as it puts less pressure on the top of your head.
It fits perfectly and is easy to switch.