I'm about to cut an HD800 (T1 in the future) stock cable to make it Balanced and wanted to ear (Facts not opinions) if what I'm planning to do will be worth it or it will ruin my cable
A) Cut the stock cable at about 1 meter from the 6.35 TRS plug.
That should leave me as well with a 2 meters long cable ending on the Headphones
B) Solder 2 XLRs Female on the 6.35 TRS plug side.
That will make the adapter (a 1 meter long one! )
C) Solder 2 XLRs Male on the Headphone side
That will make a 2 meters long Balanced cable
1) Do you know for a fact what wires colors and their polarity (to solder the XLRs in to) I'm going to find inside the HD800 (or T1) stock cable.
1.1 If there are only 3 as in the TRS plug, well then the stock cable is useless for balanced
1.2 If there are 4, they go 2 and 2 to each XLR signals.
What about Ground?
Will that be worth it only for Fully Balanced Amps, where the signals are in opposed phase and picked up noise is canceled?
1.3 If there are 6, they go 3 and 3 to each XLR signals.
2) Do the wires, in the stock cable, have a surface treatment (e.g. Teflon) that requires extra treatment for soldering?
My Opinions and Notes:
I expect to find in the:
HD800 = 4 wires (Question 1.2)
T1 = 6 wires (Question 1.3)
Furutech FP-702F Female
Furutech FP-701M Male
Wired 4 Sound DAC-2 (Balanced)
Woo WA22 (Balanced)
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