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View Full Discussion Do these ship with balanced cables? I'm having trouble finding a concrete answer. Otherwise, I'm looking at the Periapt Cable: Type 4 - Dual 2 pin Senn HD Series
Which I believe are balanced cables. Frankly, I don't even know what balanced cables do, but I see a lot of talk about them so am considering trying them out.
thanks in advance.
Balanced cables cancel out outside interference and noise that regular cables can pickup from things like cell phones, generators, noisy power supplies, ect. They also cancel out any microphonic effects the cables might have. Both the devices on either end of a balanced cable must also support the ACTIVE signal processing balanced cables require. However they will not do anything to filter noise picked by your headphone amp or DAC, regardless of the source.
Most headphone ''''''''balanced'''''''' cables aren't truely balanced in the traditional sense but just have seperate shielding for each wire and some extra grounding, which can be better then regular cables. To be honest, with runs as short as headphone cables I'd be surprised if it made a noticeable differance unless you use your headphones next to a transformer.