This cable has a smaller connector that wont fit regular headphone jacks. This is a balanced cable and the other cable is single ended, this jack is also smaller 2.5 than the common 3.5. The other cable has a jack with 3 poles where the left and right channel have their own contact while both grounds are joined and use the 3rd contact. This cable has a jack with 4 poles were every wire has its own contact. If you have the proper set up you can separate the left from right channel completely, giving you better sound. If you own a portable DAC\AMP with this connection available such as the fiio Q1 Mk2, it will give you more than twice the power and more detailed sound. This cable won't connect to AirPods, noob..... Boom Roasted!