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Balanced headphones under 400?

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Looking for modestly priced balanced headphones to pair with ALO's The Island balanced output.  (http://www.aloaudio.com/the-island)

 

I know the Alpha Dogs have the option to become balanced, and as I look on the website, I see that you can buy "Mad Dog Pros" balanced--both out of my price range.

 

I've owned the HE-400's before.  Do you only need to buy a balanced cable for them to become "balanced"?  I'm thinking $300 for headphones + $100 for a cable to make them balanced is about as high as I'd want to go.  I don't want to have to do any DIY/soldering to make any headphones balanced, just to buy them balanced or do a quick cable swap.

 

Open vs. closed, isolation, comfort... I'm not too picky on any of this.  All I want is a fun sound with clarity, separation and soundstage, but I'll take all the options I can get at my price point and then make a decision that way.  Genres.. we'll go with any popular genre from the 60's on to today.

Thanks.

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I would like to say these cables have to have the ALO connector termination.  Just found out about this.  I'm glad I didn't try to buy any swingin' 4-pin cable.

post #3 of 6

Consider ZMF (http://www.zmfheadphones.com/). I think you'd be looking at Package 2, but e-mail them to ask.

 

Thread: http://www.head-fi.org/t/667870/review-zmf-modified-fostex-t50rp-superb

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^ Thanks, I'll read up on that.

post #5 of 6

As long as the cable on the headphones has 4 wires and is easily removable, it will be relatively straight-forward to get an alternative cable for it that has the correct connector. 

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Originally Posted by RMac View Post

 

I've owned the HE-400's before.  Do you only need to buy a balanced cable for them to become "balanced"?  


Yes, you just need to replace the stock cable to make HE-400s balanced. This is true for any headphone with a detachable cable and four separate connections going into the headphone. HE-400 has two on each side (+ and - on the SMC connector). 

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