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Why? I can explain any questions you have.
Was just being a bit tongue in cheek as I am new to all the audiophelia talk! But since you've brought it up, will I really notice a difference with these (or any other upgraded cable) with my future HD 6XX's and/or Fostex Purplehearts (I think that's what they are)? I'd have thought the manufactures would've taken care of any imperfections in the production of their phones.
And lastly, if there really is a difference, will this cable bring out the best in both of the above phones? Thanks in advance.
Well if you buy the 1/4in probably not. But people do like higher quality cables, people will spend $200-$300 for a cable sometimes for these. The 1/4in is really only just for a higher quality cable, but you probably won’t hear any sound difference. Now the 4pin balances you arguably will have a sound improvemen. Balanced output is very popular amoung audiphiles. This is because with a 1/4in the left and right channels share a ground which causes a tiny amount of static and interference, but most people probably won’t notice this, otherwise no one would use 1/4in. Now when you run balanced you separate the left and right channels and remove the interference of the shared grounds Improving audio quality This however requires that you have an amp with a 4pin XLR output, otherwise you cannot use balanced , there are not adapters that actually work to convert 1/4in to balanced.
Thanks for the info. So I just received these Hosa Technology, stereo breakout 3.5mm to dual 1/4in TS thingamabobs. I can't even find them in my transaction que. So what in the heck are they and what are they for? My HD 6XX's?
Regarding the comment above, do these run between my laptop and DAC? Then Headphones into the DAC?
No that cable is for speakers, it will do nothing for the HD6XXs. And in regards to a DAC, this is how your audio setup should work. You are going to run USB A to B from your computer to DAC, and then run RCA from your DAC to your AMP, and then 1/4in/4pin Balanced from your AMP to your headphones.
Tnx cokeman for that clarity! I've read many Q&A trying to understand this...
Next thing I wish to understand is:
How about using the dac which is built in to the laptop (Lenovo y700 2016)? Does it make sense to connect an amp (like the magni 3) directly to the laptop?