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Hey guys

 

I recently saw a mod for the K702 where he turned them into balanced headphones. Now I know that balanced headphones allow you to change the volume of the two channels individually, but does it offer anything else?

 

I have the opportunity to get a balanced headphone amp, and I am wondering if it would make a bit of difference in terms of sound quality. 

 

Thanks. 

post #2 of 4

Yes it WILL make a sound difference, even though many people will tell you no and will try to underline it with scientific reasoning.

I once also had a balanced K701, now I got only a single-ended K701, but am going to get it balanced again for better sound.

It's though as with everything a matter of taste, too. Some people prefer single-ended.
 


Edited by eiouwa - 12/20/12 at 1:44pm
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Originally Posted by Tjj226 Angel View Post

Hey guys

 

I recently saw a mod for the K702 where he turned them into balanced headphones. Now I know that balanced headphones allow you to change the volume of the two channels individually, but does it offer anything else?

 

I have the opportunity to get a balanced headphone amp, and I am wondering if it would make a bit of difference in terms of sound quality. 

 

Thanks. 

 

Heya,

 

I get my headphones re-cabled to be balanced. Does it sound better? That's personal preference. I personally don't think there's any real sound difference that cannot be boiled down to simply saying it's the synergy with the amplifier. But I don't do it to match with balanced headphone amps (over-priced novelty at this point in my opinion). I do it to be able to use with speaker amps and bypass the whole headphone amp thing.

 

You can look into the science of "balanced" and see if it's worth it to you. Personally I don't think it's worth it unless you already have gear that requires balanced connections.

 

Very best,

post #4 of 4

Most balanced amps sound better driving their headphones balanced, and for good reason. There is no benefit to running balanced headphones to a single-ended amplifier (with adapters). Even there, some headphones respond more to balancing than others, because they benefit more from tighter control of the drivers, although this is something that theoretically a well designed single ended amp could do just as well. In reality some of the best amps are balanced, and they sound best when driving their headphones in a balanced configuration.

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