1. G

    DAC vs Audio Interface vs USB Soundcard

    Hello! I currently have 2 x KRK 8 INCH monitors hooked up to a Creative XFI 5.1 USB sound card. ( The speakers are connected to the USB sound-card using RCA to 2 x TRS cables. I'm looking to buy something "better" and...
  2. Hidizs DH80/DH80S

    Hidizs DH80/DH80S

    DH80 Unique Portable DAC & AMP Made for AP80/AP80Pro with perfect unity. DH80S Unique Portable DAC & AMP Not only made for AP80/AP80 Pro, but also for mobile phone, PC, iPad, wired earphones, desktop speaker, etc. How to use the DH80S Portable Balanced DAC & AMP, is up to you. Support MQA...
  3. Massdrop x Alex Cavalli Tube Hybrid Amp (CTH)

    Massdrop x Alex Cavalli Tube Hybrid Amp (CTH)

    Originally sold only from Drop's website. Official description: Built from the ground up by Alex Cavalli, a legend in the world of headphone amps, this hybrid amp combines a solid state section, a tube amp section, and an entirely new circuit design. It delivers the current required by planar...
  4. npfries

    Balanced input / SE output

    Hi all, In the market for an amp to pair with an SDAC-B. I had the thought that I’d like to take advantage of the 4V provided by the SDAC-B’s balanced output as opposed to the 2V 3.5mm connection. I don’t have any balanced cables for my headphones and don’t plan to buy any - unless I end up...
  5. bgpolyhistor

    Balanced vs. Unbalanced?

    Is there a particular type of headphone or IEM that gains audible improvements with a balanced cable and output? I’m looking for a rule of thumb- for example- “High impedance full size headphones benefit more from balanced drive than sensitive IEM’s.” (I don’t actually know if this is true-...
  6. Tempotec Sonata BHD

    Tempotec Sonata BHD

    TempoTec Sonata BHD Type C to 2.5mm DSD256 for Android Phone&PC&MAC Headphone Amplifier adapter DAC DUAL CS43131 Balance output Dual DAC decoding Real Balance output Two CS43131 decoding chip Volume Button, native DSD decoding Two CIRRUS LOGIC low-power high-resolution decoding chips...
  7. Mellowship

    AKG K701 Y cable mod

    Just did this to my k701 This was not an easy and clean mod. A lot of very frail plastic to trim in order to fit the panel plugs. But I can use my balanced cables now. This headphone sounds like heaven in balanced mode. The soundstage gets a little bit deeper which was exactly what I was...
  8. Qudelix 5K Reference DAC AMP

    Qudelix 5K Reference DAC AMP

    Qudelix-5K Reference DAC/AMP Qualcomm QCC5124 Bluetooth System-on-Chip Dual ES9218P SABRE HiFi® DAC 3.5mm Unbalanced output max. 2.0V RMS 2.5mm Balanced output max. 4.0V RMS aptX Adaptive, LDAC, AAC, aptX-HD, aptX, SBC 6 ~ 20 hours Battery Time (500mA Battery) USB DAC 96KHz / 24-bit 10-band...
  9. G

    Should I re-cable my HiFi 780s?

    Hey, all! About ten years ago I sent off my HiFi 780s to have the cable shortened. I was in college at the time, and I was sick of stuffing the ~7,000 ft factory cable in my jeans every time I wanted to take my headphones for a walk around campus. I got the cable lopped off to a more manageable...
  10. iFi audio ZEN CAN

    iFi audio ZEN CAN

    The ZEN CAN has trickle-down Class A discrete balanced circuitry from iFi audio’s US$1,699 flagship Pro iCAN. With 15.1V at 300Ω on tap, it has serious power that will make even difficult-to-drive headphones thump to the beat. Class A discrete output buffer from the flagship Pro iCAN using...
  11. Topping A90

    Topping A90

    The A90 is an ultra-high-performance headphone amp that can also work as a pre-amp. It comes with three gain settings and has great performance numbers including <0.00006% THD+N, 145dB DNR, <0.2uVrms Noise, < 0.1-ohm output impedance, and 7200mW x 2 max output power. The A90 comes equipped...
  12. E1DA 9038S Gen 3

    E1DA 9038S Gen 3

    >Black Sandblasted Anodized CNC Aluminium Body. >New USB Bridge. >ES9028Q2M DAC Setup with AD8397 Chip. >USB Type C Input. >PCM Decoding up to 32-Bit/384kHz, DSD up to DSD256 natively. >2.5mm Balanced Output. >E1DA Tweak App on Android Systems. >Output Impedance: 0.05 Ohms. >Frequency...
  13. Robeats

    Good Idea?: Audio Interface Balanced Line Outputs to Headphone Amp Line Inputs (for better sound).

    Hello everyone, First I would like to apologize because I mistakenly posted this on the wrong thread. I don't know how to delete the first one. It was posted on "Headphone Amps (Full-sized). So, if anyone can help me with deleting my 1st post that would be wonderful. Anyway, I am a home music...
  14. bedlam inside

    Spotted on DROP! ZEN DAC Signature from iFi??? Better than the ZEN DAC??

    So, look what I found today while browsing ye olde interwebs!!!! New kit from iFi audio. Been feeling a bit lazy on here lately but this got me wondering... ZEN DAC Signature - on DROP no less! I'm already wondering how this differs from the ZEN DAC? No mention of the the price but the...
  15. Doc-holliday

    FS: Linsoul LSC09 4.4mm MMCX IEM Cable

    Nice balanced cable from Linsoul. Look it up on Linsoul. It retails for 80USD. I got the cable with TinHifi P1 from someone who didn’t like the P1 after a month he sold them to me. I have no use for this I‘m using a 2.5mm balanced cable instead. It looks just like new. Buyer will pay the...
  16. Vitaly2017

    SOLD PW Adio 1960s 4wires 1.5m 2pin SOLD

    Hi everyone! Tiger Ears is selling hes pw1960 4wires cable 1.5m long, 2 pin 0.78 and balanced Sony 4.4mm Yeap selling as I prefer the sound of my stock Tia Noir Cable and the synergy seems better this way 🤷‍♂️ This cable is one of the best copper cables you can have, its in perfect condition...
  17. sorrowdragon

    Know any cheap Audeze Balanced XLR cable?

    Just acquired some LCD-MX4s which are on their way, so in the meantime, I am looking to get a balanced xlr cable for them. The issue is when looking at the usual places, all I see left and right are your typical audiofoolery snake oil nonsense, silver plated this, oxygen free that, constructed...
  18. LarryKingsShoes

    FS: Monolith THX AAA DAC/Amp

    Greetings, I am selling my Monolith THX AAA DAC/amp combo. It is in near perfect condition and sounds good. I was primarily using it as a preamp for my speaker amp so it is overkill for that duty. I've enjoyed it but I'm going a different route. Included: Monolith THX AAA DAC/amp, power...
  19. PinkyPowers

    ::FOR SALE:: Custom 5' Audeze Style Balanced XLR Cable

    I built this cable for my Audeze LCD-2 a few years back. It turned out to be rather perfect, if I do say so myself. Usually there's some aspect over which I kick myself, but this one came together in a neat way. I made it from 22AWG OCC copper, which I believe I bought from Double Helix Cables...
  20. TonySunshine

    [FS] LQI SQ7 silver IEM cable, 2pin - 2.5mm balanced

    Hi All up for sale is a pure silver IEM cable from LQI(they don't seem to carry this model anymore). Here are the specs UP-OCC 100% silver 4ft in length Angled 2 pin 0.78mm connectors Ediolic E-SX6K micro splitter in black 2.5mm balanced jack Price includes paypal fees and shipping to CONUS...
  21. Tex Irie

    For Sale: Fiio M11 Pro [SOLD]

    I'm parting ways with my Fiio M11 Pro. It is in excellent condition with a leather case and all the original accessories. PM me if you want to purchase. The price is firm and I will post pictures later this evening.

    Best way to connect from Dual XLR to 3.5mm TRS (or RCA) ?

    Hey all, long time no see. OK I know what you guys are probably thinking (balanced to unbalanced) but hear me out: I have a Cambridge Audio Azur DACMagic which has two outputs - unbalanced RCA, and balanced dual 3-pin XLR. The RCA is in use, going to my main amp which drives my floorstanders. I...
  23. AKG K340

    AKG K340

    These vintage hybrid headphones are among the best I have ever listened to. Very hard to feed, at 400 Ohm (measured, they are about 350 Ohm). Mine were tweaked with new pads, new headband, new elastics and jack plugs on each side for balanced use.
  24. JulienM

    SOLD: Schiit Jotunheim balanced headphone amp/pre-amp in black with built in AKM AK4490 DAC

    SOLD I bought this Jotunheim balanced headphone amp/pre-amp new directly from Schiit Audio in April 2020. This is the black version. The Jotunheim has a USB digital input and 2 analog inputs via RCA and XLR connectors. The USB input will feed a dual AKM AK4490 DAC in a balanced configuration...
  25. ElecHires

    [SOLD]Sony PHA 3

    hello i want to sale my SONY Pha-3 amp it come whit some cable as original: - a 3.5 to 3.5 cable - a micro usb to Sony connector cable - a micro usb to micro usb cable - a usb to micro usb cable - a usb-c to micro usb cable (never use) - a sector adaptor - 4 reburban - 1 plate...