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Radsone EarStudio ES100

Discussion in 'Portable Headphone Amps' started by m4rkw, Dec 12, 2017.
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  1. peter123
    Hifiman and LH Labs use 3.5mm balanced output but you're right they're not very common. Especially not on newer equipment.
    Last edited: May 26, 2019
  2. ClieOS Contributor
    AK, as in Astell&Kerns, is the company that first implemented a 2.5mm balanced socket. They don't use 3.5mm socket for balanced audio afaik.
    peter123 likes this.
  3. peter123
    Thank you, I've edited my post above.

    Enjoying the MT100 a lot btw :wink:
  4. ClieOS Contributor
    Such a shame a good IEM can't get much (*any) attention in the forum.
  5. rkw
    If you get a 2.5 balanced cable, you don't need an adapter. Why do you want a 3.5 balanced cable? Do you have another device with 3.5 balanced output?
    Broquen likes this.
  6. Broquen
    Said plain, 3.5mm single end cable (e. g. the ones that work with smartphones) never will work with balanced (like 2.5mm ES100 one). But there's no problem (with proper adapter) going from balanced to balanced, or from balanced to single end.

    Like has been mentioned, 3.5mm balanced is rare and I find hard to believe that someone uses equipment that works with 3.5 balanced and does not know about it (plus the difficulty of looking for 3.5mm. balanced equipment), so don't buy 3.5 to 2.5 balanced until you're completely sure your cable is balanced too.

    Best thing if you own ES100 and another source with 3.5 SE like smartphone is, as @rkw has said, to buy a 2.5 balanced cable (plus an adapter like mine if you want - 2.5 balanced female to 3.5 single end male-).
    Last edited: May 26, 2019
  7. peter123
    Yep, couldn't agree more.

    It does also sound great with the ES100 :wink:
  8. Cevisi
    I already got this cable since months
    I already had this cable before the es 100
  9. rkw
    Do you mean you have this cable that you posted earlier:
    Desktop webpage: https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32945688424.html
    The pictures of the 3.5 cables have only 2 black rings on the plug and they are unbalanced. Does the plug on your cable have 2 or 3 black rings? If only 2 rings, then your cable is not balanced, and you can use it on the 3.5mm of the ES100 and you shouldn't use an adapter.
  10. Cevisi
    It has 2 rings its not balanced is it worth to go balanced whit dm6 or tin t2 ?
  11. rkw
    I have the Tin Audio T3, which is similar to the T2. On the ES100, I hear a small but definite improvement using the balanced output. Dynamics, detail, and definition are all enhanced. I think a balanced cable is worth getting, especially since you can use it with both of your earphones.
  12. ahmedie
    What is this thing, I am using it as dac instead of r2r 11 , it sounds better with my stax headphone O.O
  13. Jearly410
    Anyone with the new iphones (xs,xr) having issues with the bluetooth? My iphone 6s+ connects properly but I cannot see the earstudio listed in devices within the app. I can listen over bluetooth but I cannot pair within the app.
  14. Jearly410
    Any news on the white/silver version?
  15. Rowethren
    I could be wrong but I seem to remember they used to sell it but stopped for some reason.
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