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Balanced XDR cable recommendation for HD800 and Isabellina HPA?

Discussion in 'Headphones (full-size)' started by sembiance, Jan 4, 2013.
  1. Sembiance
    I've been using a pair of HD600 headphones for nearly a decade now. I've always just plugged them directly into the computer or iPod, never used an amp before.
    My HD600 headphones are not sound very good anymore, so I figure it's time to upgrade.
    I've done some extensive research and have just purchased a pair of HD800 Sennheiser headphones.
    Next up was to pick the correct DAC and AMP to go along with them.
    After some extensive research on these forums, I settled on the Isabellina HPA. (I have not purchased it yet)
    This particular amp has an option for a 4-pin XLR balanced output.
    From my research on balanced vs single ended (new to me), it certainly looks like I want to go for the balanced connection.
    So now I am in the market for a cable for my HD800's that are compatible (my headphones support a 'balanced' cable right?)
    It looks like both the Black Dragon and Silver Dragon cables from Moon Audio have a termination option of 'Neutrik single 4 pin Male Gold XLR' which seems to match the description of the Isabellina HPA 'Neutrik 4-pin XLR output jack'
    I am new to amps and balanced XLR, so is this correct?
    Would that cable and that DAC/AMP work well with my new HD800 headphones?
    Which cable should I get? Silver? Black? A different cable vendor entirely? (I prefer to spend less than $500 on a headphone cable)
    I mostly listen to classical music, although I also have some folk and some classic 8-bit video game soundtracks.
    Any help would be greatly appreciated!
    Thank you.
  2. Sembiance
    TLDR Quick Summary version:
    Will a 'balanced' XLR cable produce the best experience with the HD800 headphones driven from an Isabellina HPA DAC/AMP?
    If so, which heaphone cable should I purchase? Are the Black or Silver dragon cables from Moon Audio a good choice?

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