Of course there is a cost to that flexibility.
I don't have the hi rose connector to offer. Moon Audio uses them and should be able to make short adapters.
If you don't have a balanced amp or DAC, what is the point of having a balanced terminated headphone?
I'm planning on getting one..
The E12 was very nice but I like a dead neutral sound so it wasn't really for me. The build of the E12 is pretty great IMO. I've owned a few FiiO products like the E12/E07K/E10 and haven't ever had any issues. The E10 did look cheap tho but it was cheap and I just used it only for watching movies at my desk at work.
Thanks for the input! I'm really looking for something a little warmer, and I've heard that the E12 is more on the neutral side.
+1 this. I actually bought the Aiaiai TMA-1 Studio's and the AKG 550's before I settled on the Mad Dogs. These are on a league of their own, but the other two had their strengths as well.
It's not on the neutral side it's def warm. With mid tier gear like that people here always praise stuff for being dead accurate and blah blah blah, it's like if you go into the Vmoda M-100 thread they will tell you that that the M-100s aren't V shaped and there's no overemphasis on the bass. One of the things I learned from head-fi is that with mid-fi gear you really can't even get a general idea of what something is going to sound like and you need to hear it for yourself.
I would agree that the MD's are on the dark side of neutral.
1) Electrically, the Fostex is inherently a symmetric driver. From a pure system architecture, I like the elegance of balanced amps mated to balanced drivers, and I like the fact that noise and distortion that show up on both inputs to the phones gets summed to zero electrically, so the output will have lower noise and distortion. How audible that is is a question because there is generally more circuitry in a balanced design, which can increase noise, much depends on the quality of the implementation as to whether it ends up being a net improvement.
Does it mean the connectors on the phone will be 3-pin type? The internal wiring of the the driver is with GND, V+ and V-?
Or is it like Hifimans: 2-wires coax plug that prevents them from being fully balanced and taking advantage of noise immunity of a true balanced design?