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I would like to use the HD58Xs for both home and portable use. I have a Fiio E12 and a Bottlehead Crack. I'd like to have something simple, portable and "wireless", so I've been looking at the EarStudio ES100 which I use to via bluetooth and Tidal /Spotify (AAC in this case). I like the idea of reducing wires, considering that my iPhone 8 has no headphone output and I lost the converter cable. The problem is that it will be underpowered via the 3.5mm jack, however I could use a 2.5mm balanced jack for extra power. Users claim that the ES100 sufficiently powers HD800s... Does anyone have any input here? Is it worth the extra $60+ for a balanced 2.5mm cable plus $100 for the ES100? Or should I just suck it up and go with what I have?
The earstudio is an excellent device and I highly recommend using the balanced output on it. I won't have my hd58x for a few more days, but from reading user reports with higher impedence headphones on the earstudio it should drive them sufficiently. I currently use the earstudio with er4xr's and the balanced out has a noticeable advantage. I'm going to be using a $20 balanced 2.5mm mmcx cable from amazon and soldering on sennheisser connection instead of paying the high premium of a balanced hd600/650 cable.
Fantastic! I’m so glad to hear straight from another user. The ES100 almost seems too good to be true, although I’m reserving expectations until I try it. I did end up buyong an ES100 and balanced cable from amazon. I wish that I would’ve followed your lead on a DIY cable - they’re just too expensive. By the sounds of it, the 58X should be great with this setup. Thanks for the info and enjoy your new gear. I know that I will!
I'll try out my (re-wired to balanced) HD650 stock cable with the HD58X (whenever the hell they get here). Then run them through my Jotunheim balanced headphone output.
I’m still waiting on mine too... And the cable... and the amp/dac. Ill be interested to hear what difference a balanced connection will do with these cans. My next purchase may be a Jotunmeim ;) Enjoy!