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The Pono Player Impressions Thread

Discussion in 'Portable Source Gear' started by depaor, Oct 4, 2014.
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  1. doctorjazz
    Should be, as long as the cable is balanced. I have some adaptors for 2.5mm balanced to Pono balanced so I can use the cables I have
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  2. maira
    Is anybody using iFi IEMatch with the Pono and IEMs? Does the Sound improve?
  3. Roy2001
    Bought one for $129 from frys at the end of May. Will compare DSF with PCM.
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  4. barondla
    Make sure to update firmware to 1.0.6. Otherwise, DSD won't play properly.
  5. dannyvstheworld
    Can’t say much about sound quality, but iEMatch definitely eliminates hissing, and lowers the output volume.

    If you’re sensitive to hisses or prefer to listen at low volume, and want to use high sensitivity multi BA IEMs with Pono, I think it’s worth trying.
  6. Roy2001
    Thanks for reminding. I already did and it plays dsf.
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  7. udesign48
    Hi guys, I just purchased my first Pono player.
    I use many MMCX IEMs like MEE Audio P1.
    If I want to use Pono's balanced out, which cable should I use?
    I have MEE Audio universal MMCX which comes with 3.5mm balanced jack but it looks like some guys are using two 3.5mm jacks on Pono?
    Which cable do you guys use for balanced MMCX on Pono?
    Last edited: Nov 19, 2018
  8. geagle
    @udesign48 you need a cable with 2 3.5mm jacks which are designed to work balanced with Pono or Sony PHA-3... they look like normal 3.5mm jacks (with 2 black rings on them), but they are internally wired to be used balanced. The usual balanced jacks (with 3 black rings, separating 4 contact zones) are not suitable to be used directly with Pono.

    I personally use a Moon Audio Silver Dragon cable terminated for Pono, and I also bought this adapter: https://www.aliexpress.com/item/8-c...121.html?spm=a2g0s.9042311.0.0.27424c4dKTAG7k and asked them to switch the female XLR termination to a 4.4mm female termination, so I could use my other 4.4mm balanced cables with the Pono.... it's less good than a dedicated cable, of course, but it's not too bad.

    Hope that helps :wink:
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  9. dannyvstheworld
    I had used the Sony MUC-M12BL2 cable with N3AP and E5000, but I'm not sure if it's compatible with over-the-ear IEMs.

    Edit: Just tried them on UM PRO 30 and the connectors fit good. Should be OK with P1.
    Last edited: Nov 19, 2018
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  10. udesign48
    I've never heard about that kind of cable....
    Is there any 2 3.5mm balanced with MMCX termination?

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    Last edited: Nov 19, 2018
  12. silverfishla
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  13. udesign48
    How can I do that? is there a 2.5mm to double 3.5mm adapter?
  14. udesign48
    I already have two 2.5mm balanced cables.
    I wonder If I have to spend another $180 for double 3.5mm balanced.. that will be silly.
    I hope there's a cheap 2.5mm to double 3.5mm adapter.
  15. geagle
    You might try contacting the aliexpress guys that I quoted earlier... they modified the female connection that I posted to a 4.4mm balanced female, and I'm pretty sure that they could easily switch that to a 2.5mm balanced female connection. That way, you could use your own 2.5mm balanced cables with the Pono. It will be WORSE than having a dedicated cable, as I noted, but my experience with mine is that it's not too bad.

    Here's the relevant part of what I posted earlier:

    Essentially, they need to switch the female connector to this one :
    https://www.aliexpress.com/store/pr...ml?spm=2114.12010612.8148356.8.2e1625fdq6cQSk , looks to me
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