Now I want to ask some questions and this is only neutral place I can ask without receiving pseudo science answers. Now idea in many threads in Portable Source Gear is that every portable music player sounds different. Some in $100 -400 range. Others in $500-1200 range and above. I noticed many many people not just reviewers talk about that one portable sounds fantastic. Then in another thread they trash their last player saying this one using latest ESS or AKM or whatever chip sounds more better. Higher detail and smooth! Now the question comes as electrical signals go from power supply, all these expensive capacitors, DACs, then to AMPs or amp where it's magnified and then to your headphone. From what I read in the other dac thread. There can be minor subtle differences in sound. So that leaves Dac/Amp that can influence sound. Now I also read up that the amp uses distortion to shape the sound. Now reviewers here do not use any abx switchers. But not just reviewers, there's always posts from regular members even who say you should leave that player and get this one. It sounds way better, the treble is up there! Bass is controlled. Guitars and violins sound more lifelike! Seperation is excellent! Man this new dac is excellent it helps the player alot!! "If you want to seriously experience this player. You need to use balanced output." I even see people post using a 3.5mm to 2.5mm adapter that they massive soundstaging and mids gain more detail and guitard become more lifelike. The balanced output. We need to talk about this. Why is audiophile version of balanced output so pesudo sciencey like. In a professional studio environment you have many factors. Audio equipment is at a longer distance than usual consumer equipment distance. Cables are being run around incredibly noisy systems. Hence why balanced helps out studios, but for the home consumer audiophile there is so much pesudo science going on. How come in order to enjoy my device that connected from my butt pocket to my ears. Needs a balanced output to hear differences people talk about. What is this voodoo magic that manufacturers put in the balanced outputs that alter electrical signals in such a way to do such tasks?