Massdrop 4-Pin XLR-to-2.5mm TRRS Adapter
Massdrop 4-Pin XLR-to-2.5mm TRRS Adapter
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A common request among members of the Audiophile Community, this 4-pin XLR-to-2.5mm TRRS adapter is the easiest way to connect 2.5mm balanced cables to the balanced outputs on some of your favorite Massdrop amplifiers. It works with the Massdrop x MEE audio 2-pin balanced cable set and all other balanced cables currently sold on Massdrop, and makes a great complement to the Massdrop x Alex Cavalli Liquid Carbon X amp and the Massdrop x THX AAA™ linear amp ... Read More

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T.Fernandez
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Dec 11, 2018
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We are excited to finally offer the adapter we have been hinting about. Several observant individuals have noticed the adapter used in photos of previous Drops and have asked questions.  Wait no longer!
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Now you can get the most out of any IEM or headphone cable terminated with a 2.5mm TRRS connector. This adapter helps you use the balanced output from our two balanced amps: Massdrop x Alex Cavalli Liquid Carbon X and Massdrop x THX AAA 789. The Cavalli Liquid Carbon X amp was originally designed as a balanced IEM amp by Alex Cavalli.  The balanced topology allowed Alex to use very low noise specific parts in the design and the low gain has been set for IEM use. The THX AAA 789 amp low gain setting was also specifically designed to be able to drive very sensitive IEMs with an inaudible noise floor.    BALANCED DRIVE Improvements in bass definition, overall control of the drivers, and a lower noise floor overall are some of the potential benefits of a balanced system.   HOW DO YOU USE IT? Use this adapter with the balanced 2.5mm TRRS cables that we have been offering as an additional option with the Massdrop x Noble X IEM, the Massdrop x Noble Kaiser 10 IEM, and the Massdrop Plus IEMs.
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The adapter also works with our new Massdrop x MEE audio 2-pin Balanced Cable and Adapter set. The Balanced Cable and adapter set can be purchased here and used with most 2-pin connector IEMs: https://www.massdrop.com/buy/massdrop-x-mee-audio-2-pin-balanced-cable-set

READY TO GO We hope to provide an easy and affordable way for anyone interested in building a balanced listening system. For many, this is the ultimate way to listen to your IEMs or headphones that can use a balanced cable. The adapter is entering directly into our Massdrop Made store with immediate inventory to ship within one business day!
Dec 11, 2018
fuhransahis
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Mar 25, 2019
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Another vote for a 4.4mm version! (4.4mm female to male XLR to be clear :) ).
Mar 25, 2019
Dr.KennethNoisewater
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Mar 25, 2019
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I ended up buying this for the time being: https://www.amazon.ca/4-4mm-Balanced-Headphone-Adapter-Female/dp/B07KR5C3XX/ref=sr_1_fkmrnull_1?keywords=4.4mm+to+4-pin+XLR+Balanced+Headphone+Audio&qid=1553478593&s=gateway&sr=8-1-fkmrnull They also have a shorter version that is closer to an adapter rather than an extension. It works great. The polarities were right and it took two weeks to get to Canada from China. The cable is thick like a garden hose! :)
Mar 25, 2019
BobbyLC
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May 17, 2019
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Been looking for one of these on mini xlr for my pocket 4k.
May 17, 2019
Stefan2305
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May 16, 2019
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Is this at all related to the adapter made by Venture Electronics? Looks identical except branding to be honest. And they even have it in 4.4 and balanced 3.5 variations (although this one isn't exactly common) https://www.veclan.com/engappliance_sel_one?eng_ApplianceVo.eac_id=36


May 16, 2019
nick_t
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May 11, 2019
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Does the 4-pin XLE to 2.5 mm TRRS adapter works the same in sound peformance as standard high end XLR balance to an amp/dac ?
May 11, 2019
nick_t
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Apr 25, 2019
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Hi, what is this for by the way ? Does this XLR 4 pin connector converter improve sound quality even if a bit ?
Apr 25, 2019
KC-130
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Apr 25, 2019
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These adapters are awesome. I have two of them, so far, and use them daily.
Apr 25, 2019
Fotomeow
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Apr 24, 2019
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IMO this product is mislabeled such that not only consumers missed out but Massdrop as well ($). These are actually not as described, the product headline being, "4-PIN XLR to 2.5MM TRRS ADAPTER", b/c the audio signal does NOT flow that way, it flows the opposite way, from 2.5mm to XLR and would be more aptly named, " 2.5mm TRRS to 4-PIN XLR ADAPTER". Luckily, I did not read the headline or I would have just bypassed it. But I happened to see the pic first, and thought it may be a 2.5mm to XLR.
Apr 24, 2019
yogibearAl
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Apr 20, 2019
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So FedEx says its been delivered yesterday but there was no mail in my mail box. We have a locked mailbox that only the postal workers and ourselves have keys to and nothing was broken in. This is my second drop from Massdrop and I've not had this happen before with any other mail/packages. Anyone know what the procedure is in these cases? My first drop hasn't arrived yet.
Apr 20, 2019
Eli38
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Apr 19, 2019
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Does Massdrop sell short XLR cables?
Apr 19, 2019
el_nan
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Apr 18, 2019
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a 4.4mm version of this, please!
Apr 18, 2019
yogibearAl
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Apr 11, 2019
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Your Massdrop 4-Pin XLR-to-2.5mm TRRS Adapter has shipped and should be arriving soon. Keep an eye on its progress with the tracking...... Yay! Ready to use them with the HD600 and the balanced 2.5mm cables.
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Apr 11, 2019
bfitz
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Apr 10, 2019
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Anyone who ordered at least from Feb redrop. It's shipping 👍
Apr 10, 2019
Damfu
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Apr 9, 2019
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4.4 Please
Apr 9, 2019
scotiophile
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Apr 8, 2019
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Is there a plug like this that goes from 4.4 to XLR someone can point me to? I'd love to be able to use my pentaconn terminated cables with the XLR output on an amplifier. Hit me back and let me know. Thanks everyone.
Apr 8, 2019
Kumar402
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Apr 7, 2019
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please bring XLR to 4.4mm balanced adapted as well. Since industry is moving in the direction of 4.4. New HD800S and Sony Z1R are coming in 4.4 mm balanced cable by default now.
Apr 7, 2019
LuckyLuke575
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Apr 1, 2019
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I'm wondering about this adapter, does it lead to any loss of audio quality? Are there any downsides of using this adapter vs buying a headphone cable with a 4 pin XLR termination? I'm asking because I've bought a custom high end 2.5 mm TRRS cable for my HD 6XXs to use with my current balanced amp, but may be buying into a balanced 4 pin XLR amp in the near future, and was wondering if this adapter is a solution to use the same cable, or if I'd have to buy a new cable to ensure the maximum audio quality?
Apr 1, 2019
Szhchen
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Mar 28, 2019
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still no 4.4 mm? 2, no one is using 2.5 mm these days.
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Mar 28, 2019
mensrea
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Mar 19, 2019
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Is this product a little overkill? Most 2.5 balanced terminations would be for iems, and those are pretty sensitive to begin with. Amps with XLR outputs typically put out major wattage that are meant for highly resistive headphones. I suppose there may be a niche for those headphones that terminate in 2.5mm. With that exception, using these to connect iems to an amp with xlr outs seems a bit crazy. Am I wrong?
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Mar 19, 2019
Z0d1Ac
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Mar 20, 2019
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  • iems are not the only devices that can have a balanced 2.5mm trrs.
  • You can find balanced 2.5mm trrs cables for a number of headphones like sennheiser, hifiman, audeze.ect
  • the thx aaa 789 has 3 gain settings, the lowest suppose to be ideal for iems.
  • if your amplifier is too powerful and uses a analog volume control (channel imbalance at lower volume) and your iems are too sensitive and you can hear hiss on the amplifier.ect you can always use something like the ifi iematch which should be good enough on the high setting for most stuff.


Mar 20, 2019
served1
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Mar 12, 2019
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can we get a mini xlr to 2.5 mm adapter plz!
Mar 12, 2019
cwelton17
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Mar 25, 2019
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Wouldn't that short out your amp?
Mar 25, 2019
shiphere
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Mar 10, 2019
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Just wondering. Does the XLR pin fit the audeze LCD-4 or LCD -MX4 headphone? I want to use it as a dongle to connect my unbalanced silver 2.5mm HiFi man cable to a headphone amplifier (iFi Micro BL).
Mar 10, 2019
HIFI778
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Mar 5, 2019
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Can we have also a 3.5mm TRRS Version of this please?
Mar 5, 2019
Eli38
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Mar 4, 2019
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Will I benefit from this adapter using DT1990 headphones with THX AAA 789?
Mar 4, 2019
iNViSiBiLiTi
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Mar 7, 2019
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yeah, the connector to the headphone is a single 3 pin mini XLR.
Mar 7, 2019
Z0d1Ac
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Mar 7, 2019
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ok so like the k7xx. I don't own the headphone so ya.
Mar 7, 2019
kxrider85
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Feb 27, 2019
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Very sleek. No use for it personally though lol.
Feb 27, 2019
arachnid
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Feb 26, 2019
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Tagging in, I too would like. 4.4mm version.  
Feb 26, 2019
blf652
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Feb 26, 2019
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Can this be used with headphones or just IEMs?
Feb 26, 2019
Marlowe
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Feb 26, 2019
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Sure--but only if the headphone's cable has a balanced 2.5mm connector. It will not work with the infinitely more common 3.5mm connector. (I'm guessing that no, or certainly almost no, headphone comes with a 2.5mm balanced cable, but such aftermarket cables are certainly available.)
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Feb 26, 2019
Bennosteve
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Feb 25, 2019
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In my not so humble opinion anyone who needs this adapter is a victim of a snake-oil peddler. Believing that balanced headphone cables have benefits is similar to wearing a tinfoil hat, except the tinfoil hat will protect your head from rain.
Feb 25, 2019
jm090
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Mar 7, 2019
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You are too dumb to argue with..
Mar 7, 2019
ElectronicVices
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Mar 7, 2019
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Never argue with an idiot, they will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.
Mar 7, 2019
RiflemanFirst
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Feb 25, 2019
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Make a 4.4mm version!
Feb 25, 2019
Bennosteve
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Feb 24, 2019
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this is snake-oil technology
Feb 24, 2019
Bennosteve
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Mar 4, 2019
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That would intuitively seem true but it isn’t as confirmed earlier in this thread.
Mar 4, 2019
Z0d1Ac
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Mar 4, 2019
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The thx aaa 789 amplifier has three gain switches and the lowest gain should be best suited for iems. But if you have super sensitive iems like andromeda, you may fight certain amplifiers you will be capable of hearing hiss. The point of this product is to not remove hiss***, it's just a simple adapter to go from 2.5mm trrs balanced into xlr balanced, so you can use your portable iem or portable 2.5mm trrs headphone cables into xlr amplifiers. Otherwise someone will need to buy a separate xlr cable just to use an xlr amplifier unless they have a 2.5mm trrs then all they need is an adapter instead and this does nothing more. As for xlr. It may be capable of rejecting noise better in long cable runs and it may help remove ground loops because the grounds are separted.ect it will not fix hiss from what I have read. Now xlr on amplifiers do have the benefit oh providing more power and certain amplifiers implications like a fiio q1 mark ii in the way they design it will sound better than using it's single ended connection. The same can be said for the thx aaa 789, the way it's designed (does not have dual amplifiers in it) but people say it sounds better with the xlr headphone out. So in my opinion xlr on amplifiers is not snake oil. Now back to the hiss problem. If you have iems and have an issue like that you may want to invest into something like the ifi iematch accessory which actually does something for being an adapter. (Bennosteve probably thinks this is snake oil as well..........). What it can do is help in removing hiss while it helps amaplifiers have better dynamic range, also if the amplifier does not use a digital volume control and has channel imbalance at lower volumes this can also help for that. It can have distortion if you have it on ultra sensitivity if the headphone is hard to drive, but for me it works just fine on high sensitivity. And since I am in a little bit of a bad mood. Bennosteve you probably also think digital optical sounds no different than usb digial right? Well wrong you are there too sir/mam. On my powered speakers when not taking a headphone dac (dac from the computer) the computer's usb has more noise and thus if I use optical instead it sounds cleaner. Also if you go over to audio science reviews you will also find measurements showing that headphone dacs can also be noiser than using optical.
Mar 4, 2019
Benjamin126
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Feb 23, 2019
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So pardon my confusion. It states that the item is in stock and ready to ship in 1 business day. It also states the estimated shipping date is the 22nd of April.... Which is it?
Feb 23, 2019
RJ-Chicago
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Feb 26, 2019
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Just checking to see if these will ship on April 22nd or will they ship earlier, and if so, when? Thanks.
Feb 26, 2019
AlexPk
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Feb 26, 2019
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Based on the page it looks like April 22nd, but let me get the team to confirm. edit: Yup. April 22nd is the estimated date. Thanks for getting that clarified.
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Feb 26, 2019
bfitz
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Feb 23, 2019
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Safe to use with CTH unbalanced XLR? Example, hd58x w/ 2.5mm trrs, into this, into CTH
Feb 23, 2019
bfitz
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Feb 23, 2019
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Same, but as an owner(now former) of an original headphone killer(gen1 asgard, no I did not actually suffer a loss) I just want to be sure. Its just a worry, I know obviously that plugging SE cans into a balanced jack is a no-no. Just wasn't sure if the XLR on the CTH was grounded properly to accept a fully balanced connection. Needed that little extra reassurance. pulled the trigger on the CTH. :)
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Feb 23, 2019
ELACaster
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Mar 4, 2019
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The thing is you won't get any of the benefits of your balanced cable in that setup. Your balanced cable will act as an Unbalanced connection.
Mar 4, 2019
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