- Jan 28, 2012
I was doing some reading as I didn't really understand what was meant by balanced vs unbalanced headphone connections. I am still not sure I understand it or why most people think balanced is better. Now looking at my regular headphone connector I see 3 contact points. I am assuming that those are + left, +right, and common for both left and right. Is that correct? So if one were to convert that to a balanced configuration what would I need to do? I am thinking I would need to bring the + and - from each individual driver all the way out to an xlr or some other balanced type connector thereby ending up with 4 contact points (vs 3), 2 for each driver, then what would the third wire be, grounded at the source (amp) and unterminated at the driver or grounded at the source and tied together at the drivers? I can see how in an electronically noisy environment that would reduce the noise level somewhat, in what other ways does that improve the sound? I hope this is understandable as I am not real sure of the terminology.