- Feb 8, 2014
The difference between balanced and standard cables are subtle but significant. The Pono by itself is a great player though and it matches with the Z5 very well. I thinks it dynamic ability and considerable power increase over normal players really does take the Z5 to the next level.
So far the Pono has lived up to the hype in my opinion and considering other players of similar sonic ability cost way more and don't offer a balanced mode the Pono is a down right good deal.
I know I am beating a dead horse but if they had USB Dac functionality I would be all over it. I am basically stuck waiting for LH Geek out V2 to come out and see how it turns out, and it has a balanced output like Pono. They messed up the pre order thing by going over to IG and doing tiered delivery. Its frustrating to have a good iem like the Z5 and not having the gear to get the most out of it lol