Upgraded from an LG V20 to this beast and haven't looked back since. It's not seeing enough use to justify keeping it. Yes the balanced connection makes a difference Please let me know if you have any questions! Includes: Sony NW- WM1A and charging/data cable + original box and case I can provide buying/selling feedback from other marketplaces upon request since I'm new to head-fi. Buyer pays PayPal fees.