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Was interested, but I saw it was only RCA inputs.
If I'm going to go electrostat, I'd want a balanced connection for the higher signal level and greater channel separation.
(Yes, I understand the original was RCA only too. I went and looked it up. Doesn't change my feelings about the system).
agree, RCA input is not good enough for a $500 item. Massdrop should upgrade this
If the energiser isn't balanced inside, why would you need a balanced connection?
This thinking is misguided. First, even if you have +3dB at the input, the output to the headphones will still be governed by how loud you want the sound at your ears, which will be the same SPL regardless of the type of input connection. The noise level of the "energizer" is already below audibility, so any extra signal level at the input will not result in an audible reduction of noise. The only time a balanced connection is beneficial is if the cable is very long or suffering from EMI.
Second, the six-conductor headphone cable and the electrostatic headphones themselves are intrinsically balanced. And there is no recording on earth that has channel separation anywhere near as large as a pair of headphones, even with an unbalanced connection. So there is no audible benefit from greater channel separation in a headphone system.
You're right but ever since the balanced=better myth has gotten out it's all people want nowadays...
Indeed, and most people aren't aware what balanced means. Do balanced dynamic driver headphones even exist?
so they should upgrade them all， lol