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post #46 of 84

I HAVE THE BALANCED CARD.  YOU DON'T HAVE TO HAVE BALANCED EARPHONES TO USE THE BALANCED CARD.  A STANDARD STEREO MIN PLUG WILL ACCESS THE UNBALANCED PORTION OF THE AMP CARD, AND A BALANCED MINI PLUG WILL ACCESS THE BALANCED PART.  OBVIOUSLY THE SOUND WILL BE BETTER BALANCED, BUT IF YOU DON'T HAVE BALANCED EARPHONES, THE UNBALANCED AREA IS STILL VERY GOOD.  IS IT BETTER THAN THE IEM CARD?  SOMEONE WITH BETTER EARS THAN MINE WILL NEED TO ANSWER THAT.  DAVE MC

post #47 of 84
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Originally Posted by DAVEMCCOY View Post
 

I HAVE THE BALANCED CARD.  YOU DON'T HAVE TO HAVE BALANCED EARPHONES TO USE THE BALANCED CARD.  A STANDARD STEREO MIN PLUG WILL ACCESS THE UNBALANCED PORTION OF THE AMP CARD, AND A BALANCED MINI PLUG WILL ACCESS THE BALANCED PART.  OBVIOUSLY THE SOUND WILL BE BETTER BALANCED, BUT IF YOU DON'T HAVE BALANCED EARPHONES, THE UNBALANCED AREA IS STILL VERY GOOD.  IS IT BETTER THAN THE IEM CARD?  SOMEONE WITH BETTER EARS THAN MINE WILL NEED TO ANSWER THAT.  DAVE MC

Can you give me an example of a balanced plug? Do I need a balanced heaphone or iem to use the balanced plug? Or can I use my Sony iem's and plug them into the balanced plug? Will that convert the unbalanced iem's to balanced?

 

Also, the balanced card has balanced and unbalanced modes? If so, does the unbalanced mode on the balanced card sound better than the standard amp card?

post #48 of 84

SEE THE ATTACHED PHOTO.  THE PLUG AT THE TOP IS A STANDARD STEREO MINI PLUG (THREE SECTIONS).  THE PLUG AT THE BOTTOM IS A MINI BALANCED STEREO PLUG (FOUR SECTIONS).  YOU NEED BALANCED HEADPHONES TO USE THE BALANCED FEATURE.  YOU MAY BE ABLE TO CHANGE THE CORD ON YOUR EXISTING EARPHONES TO CONVERT THEM TO BALANCED.  YOU CAN'T JUST PLUG A STANDARD PLUG INTO A FEMALE BALANCED SOCKET AND GET A BALANCED SIGNAL.  IF YOU DO YOU WILL GET THE UNBALANCED SIGNAL, OR WORSE!

YOU CAN CONTACT MOON AUDIO (MOON-AUDIO.COM), DREW BAIRD AND HE CAN MAKE YOU A CABLE.  THEY DO SUPERB WORK.  

I SUSPECT THAT THE UNBALANCED SIGNAL FROM THE BALANCED CARD IS STILL BETTER THAN THE STANDARD AMP CARD.  I HAVEN'T DONE A SERIOUS TEST OF THAT.

 

DAVE MC

 

P.S. HEAD-FI WOULDN'T LET ME ATTACH THE PHOTO, BUT I THINK YOU GET THE POINT.

post #49 of 84
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Originally Posted by DAVEMCCOY View Post
 

SEE THE ATTACHED PHOTO.  THE PLUG AT THE TOP IS A STANDARD STEREO MINI PLUG (THREE SECTIONS).  THE PLUG AT THE BOTTOM IS A MINI BALANCED STEREO PLUG (FOUR SECTIONS).  YOU NEED BALANCED HEADPHONES TO USE THE BALANCED FEATURE.  YOU MAY BE ABLE TO CHANGE THE CORD ON YOUR EXISTING EARPHONES TO CONVERT THEM TO BALANCED.  YOU CAN'T JUST PLUG A STANDARD PLUG INTO A FEMALE BALANCED SOCKET AND GET A BALANCED SIGNAL.  IF YOU DO YOU WILL GET THE UNBALANCED SIGNAL, OR WORSE!

YOU CAN CONTACT MOON AUDIO (MOON-AUDIO.COM), DREW BAIRD AND HE CAN MAKE YOU A CABLE.  THEY DO SUPERB WORK.  

I SUSPECT THAT THE UNBALANCED SIGNAL FROM THE BALANCED CARD IS STILL BETTER THAN THE STANDARD AMP CARD.  I HAVEN'T DONE A SERIOUS TEST OF THAT.

 

DAVE MC

 

P.S. HEAD-FI WOULDN'T LET ME ATTACH THE PHOTO, BUT I THINK YOU GET THE POINT.

 

So is there a kind of 1/8" balanced mini plug that can also work on normal unbalanced stereo sockets?

post #50 of 84
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Originally Posted by DAVEMCCOY View Post

SEE THE ATTACHED PHOTO.  THE PLUG AT THE TOP IS A STANDARD STEREO MINI PLUG (THREE SECTIONS).  THE PLUG AT THE BOTTOM IS A MINI BALANCED STEREO PLUG (FOUR SECTIONS).  YOU NEED BALANCED HEADPHONES TO USE THE BALANCED FEATURE.  YOU MAY BE ABLE TO CHANGE THE CORD ON YOUR EXISTING EARPHONES TO CONVERT THEM TO BALANCED.  YOU CAN'T JUST PLUG A STANDARD PLUG INTO A FEMALE BALANCED SOCKET AND GET A BALANCED SIGNAL.  IF YOU DO YOU WILL GET THE UNBALANCED SIGNAL, OR WORSE!
YOU CAN CONTACT MOON AUDIO (MOON-AUDIO.COM), DREW BAIRD AND HE CAN MAKE YOU A CABLE.  THEY DO SUPERB WORK.  
I SUSPECT THAT THE UNBALANCED SIGNAL FROM THE BALANCED CARD IS STILL BETTER THAN THE STANDARD AMP CARD.  I HAVEN'T DONE A SERIOUS TEST OF THAT.

DAVE MC

P.S. HEAD-FI WOULDN'T LET ME ATTACH THE PHOTO, BUT I THINK YOU GET THE POINT.
Maybe you should unlock the caps.
post #51 of 84

NO.  MY SUGGESTION IS TO HAVE MOON AUDIO BUILD YOU AN ADAPTER CABLE.  AT ONE END OF THE SIX INCH CABLE WOULD BE A FEMALE BALANCED RECEPTICAL FOR A BALANCED MINI PLUG, AND AT THE OTHER A STEREO UNBALANCED MINI PLUG.  HIFIMAN SUPPLIES ONE WITH THERE BALANCED IEMs.  I DON'T SEE IT ON THERE WEB SITE FOR SALE BY ITSELF.  DREW BAIRD AT MOON AUDIO CAN HANDLE IT WITH HI QUALITY.  DAVE MC

post #52 of 84

NAH!

post #53 of 84

fengwei007

Have you listened to "heavy" genres:

 

- hard-rock

- blues

- doom/stoner

- heavy/thrash/death

 

on your HM-901?


Edited by VladGuardian - 2/17/14 at 6:49am
post #54 of 84

NO, I'M MORE OF A JAZZ LISTENER.

post #55 of 84
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by VladGuardian View Post
 

fengwei007

Have you listened to "heavy" genres:

 

- hard-rock

- blues

- doom/stoner

- heavy/thrash/death

 

on your HM-901?

I did try some hard-rock musics (mostly from U2 and Aerosmith), they sounded great to me. But I'm never a hard-rock fan anyway, except a few sounds from these two bands, from the movies I've seen I think. 

 

Besides classic musics, I also listen to a lot blues, jazz, soft rocks and pop songs (mostly sweet vocals). I think HM901 is a great player for all these types of musics. 

post #56 of 84
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by DAVEMCCOY View Post
 

NO, I'M MORE OF A JAZZ LISTENER.

I wonder if the 'Caps Lock' key working or not on your computer ... 

post #57 of 84
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Originally Posted by fengwei007 View Post

I wonder if the 'Caps Lock' key working or not on your computer ... 
I asked already, it is seemingly on purpose.
post #58 of 84
He is screaming because he is passionate about his hm-901.
Real talk.
post #59 of 84
WHAT?! I CANNOT HEAR YOU WITH ALL THE PASSION ON THIS THREAD?!
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Originally Posted by CosmicHolyGhost View Post

He is screaming because he is passionate about his hm-901.
Real talk.
post #60 of 84
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Originally Posted by Mimouille View Post

WHAT?! I CANNOT HEAR YOU WITH ALL THE PASSION ON THIS THREAD?!

I am sorry my English is bad and I cannot understand when you scream in French accent.hehe


@fengwei007, have you tried the AK240 yet? Is your audio journey gonna change to HM-901 > AK120 > HM-901 > AK240?
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