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post #1 of 7
Thread Starter 

I have a balanced headphone cable DIY webpage that covers these cables:

 

Make a Four Wire Balanced Line Headphone Cable

Make a HiFiMan HE-500 or HE-400 Balanced Cable

Convert The HE-500 Headphone Cable From Single Ended to Balanced

Make a 4-Pin Mini XLR to TRS 1/4 (6.3mm) or 1/8 Inch (3.5mm) Single Ended Cable

Make a 4-Pin Mini XLR to TRS Single Ended Cable Using 4 Conductor Cable

Make a 4-Pin XLR  to TRS Plug Headphone Adapter Cable

Make a Balanced Amplifier Speaker Out to Headphone Adapter

Make a Single Ended Amplifier Speaker Out to Headphone Adapter

Make a TRRS Balanced Headphone Cable or Adapter

Other Balanced Headphone Connectors: Ibasso, Ray Samuels, 3-Pin XLR

How to Do a 4-Wire Round Litz Braid

 

Webpage is here: http://robrobinette.com/BalancedCable.htm

 

 

I also have a webpage for modifying these headphones to balanced operation: Fostex T50RP, AKG K240, K701, K702, Q701, K712 & HE-500 Headphone Balanced Wire Mod

http://robrobinette.com/HeadphoneMods.htm


Edited by robrob - 11/8/13 at 8:57am
post #2 of 7

Have you ever worked with the Sony mdr sa5000?

I was going to have them recabled but with the adaptors etc its going to cost me nearly £500!

What I'm looking at is a braided and sleeved copper cable with a y splitter. 

I want my primary termination to be two 3 pin xlr connectors, then to make three 

Adaptors........

Single ended 

Hirose ( ibasso ) 

RSA

That way I have all my bases covered. 

But for now I need to learn how to build a balanced cable and how to solder both ends.

Any help or tips would be appreciated :)

For now I'm going to look at those links........

post #3 of 7
Thread Starter 

I have never worked with the Sony SA5000's but normally headphones are pretty straight forward. Each ear speaker has two wires so you have a Right +, Right -, Left + and Left -. The + wires are usually red and the - wires are usually black or white. Converting headphones to balanced line is as simple as running the 4 speaker wires to a connector that matches your headphone amp. You can even run those 4 headphone wires to your speaker amplifier's speaker out terminals.

 

4-Pin XLR Pinout

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3-Pin XLR Pinout:

post #4 of 7

I have been looking into creating my own cables, and this is incredibly helpful. Thanks for your work and for sharing!

post #5 of 7
Thread Starter 

You're welcome. Just trying to help. Headfi has been instrumental to my headphone and amp education.

post #6 of 7

Would there be any value in having separate run for left/right? I.e. use only two leads in Canare to each side from XLR plug to each side to minimize crosstalk? In theory at least?

post #7 of 7
Thread Starter 

In theory there would be a benefit to keeping the two channel cables separate but Canare Star Quad is used for very long microphone (very sensitive to noise) runs and does a fantastic job of suppressing noise.

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