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Noble Audio - the Wizard returns!

  1. Watagump

    I have never noticed anything different using balanced, others will swear they do. I know you asked about the Khans, but I recently tried balanced again with my custom K10, it sounded the same to my ears.
  2. 35FLE
    Im guessing its not night and day difference.

    Thinking of upgrading to the Effect Audio Leonidas II cable whether I should get balanced or single ended plug.
  3. Watagump

    The only way you are going to know for sure is by spending the money and trying for yourself.
  4. srinivasvignesh
    The difference comes not from the cable or the earphone. However, most DAPs and sources implement the balanced with more power, or just is better plain implemented. For instance, there is a huge difference in my Katana when using SE vs Balanced on the AK KANN.
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  5. project86 Contributor
    Yep, it really is a function of the amplifier being used rather than the cable or IEM itself. I've actually heard some balanced devices sound worse than SE, so it can go either way.
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  6. srinivasvignesh
    Indeed. AK 320 SE sounds better than balanced, IMO and not everyone may agree. In general, it appears that recently players have done balanced better. So, look at the pairing and decide.
  7. Watagump
    AK players have been both praised and slammed for their balance output, I don't know how much actual loudness it makes, but if I use the balanced connection the output is 2.3 instead of 2.1 for the SE. Even if that translates to 1 DB, that can be perceived as sounding better. The SP1000 goes from 2.2 SE to 3.9, much bigger difference.
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  9. Malevolent
    I can't speak for the Khan, but over the years, I have never been able to hear any noticeable differences between SE and balanced configurations.
    Last edited: May 6, 2019
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  10. Carlsan
    I noticed it on my players, especially the Sony's and the IBasso DX200 and DX220.
  11. Frankie D
    It depends on the implementation used by the DAP or amp. It does not depend on the IEM. For example, Chord will tell you the 3.5mm output is superior. For A&K, they might say the balanced. I typically prefer the 3.5mm output for my devices, but if you are concerned you can order a cable with a balanced connection and use an adaptor. Just remember you can only use an adapter to go from balance to single ended. You cannot go from single ended to balanced as they could be physically harmful to the devices. Tks.
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  12. srinivasvignesh
    This. Having a balanced cable, with an adapter to go SE would be the best choice. This way, you can experiment and decide which one you may want to use.
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  13. Watagump

    One would think the price AK charges for their players that everyone would say balanced rules on their players. But that's not what i have heard, I get both its bad and its good.
  14. 35FLE
    Thanks everyone!

    I might go with the balanced cable plus 3.5mm adapter.
  15. srinivasvignesh
    Good decision. I do the same, switching between the two ports using the adapter. BTW, Ted Allen at headphone lounge did a fantastic job on the cable I bought from him. To my ears, the cable has made a positive difference over the stock cable.

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