Do balanced cables really make a difference in sound quality under 2m?
Apr 16, 2021 at 10:30 AM Post #2 of 13

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Do you have headphone what works with a balanced cable and a head amp with a balanced output jack?
 
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I bought a balanced cable for my Sennheiser/Massdrop HD58X, did I notice a difference? Not really sure.
(same cable would (should) work with your HD660s)
(Both are 150-Ohm headphones, but guessing different diaphragms)
Never went back and fourth with the cables, for comparison, just switch cables and never went back.
As it's only about $60 (or more) for the cable, I say give it a shot.
 
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I bought a balanced cable for my Sennheiser/Massdrop HD58X, did I notice a difference? Not really sure.
(same cable would (should) work with your HD660s)
(Both are 150-Ohm headphones, but guessing different diaphragms)
Never went back and fourth with the cables, for comparison, just switch cables and never went back.
As it's only about $60 (or more) for the cable, I say give it a shot.
thanks! i'll give it a shot
 
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Balanced connections always make a big difference connecting earphones/IEMs to an amp/DAP. If you check the output power of your amp/DAP, it is always twice as powerful balanced.
 
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Balanced connections always make a big difference connecting earphones/IEMs to an amp/DAP. If you check the output power of your amp/DAP, it is always twice as powerful balanced.
thanks! so with balanced cables you can drive power-hungry headphones but does it improve sound quality any?
 
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thanks! so with balanced cables you can drive power-hungry headphones but does it improve sound quality any?
Yes. DAP/amp does not have to struggle to power some inefficient IEMs and headphones.
 
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thanks! so with balanced cables you can drive power-hungry headphones but does it improve sound quality any?
I really doubt it's more then a minor improvement, but it also might depend on the headphone used.
 
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The 660s are not power hungry. You'll get more volume from a truly balanced amp but it won't sound any better.

Balanced cables are about noise rejection in studios where they have a lot of devices and a lot of cables and wiring all over the place. On paper it's definitely better. In your house, it just depends. One thing is almost certain. Good balanced cables out of a good balanced amp is extremely unlikely to be worse than what you had before :D
 
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thanks! so with balanced cables you can drive power-hungry headphones but does it improve sound quality any?

It's all about how a circuit was designed. There are many single-ended amps that sound awesome, so I wouldn't go as far as saying that every balanced amp is better than a SE amp.

Good balanced cables out of a good balanced amp is extremely unlikely to be worse than what you had before :D

I agree, of course assuming they're good :)
 
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