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well it seems to reason that a balanced cmoy wouldn't cost much... likewise a balanced mini3 wouldn't cost that much either. You can build a mini3 for less than $100


on a side note for some reason I keep hitting edit instead of quote today.
Oh? I might look into it then, i've been looking to get some Super.fi earbuds and a little cmoy and connect my ipod via a LOD cable...
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get a balanced mini ^3 it'll serve better as a portable amp then a cmoy... least for the bigger cans.

also you could probably balance a millet max starving student if you really wanted...
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get a balanced mini ^3 it'll serve better as a portable amp then a cmoy... least for the bigger cans.

also you could probably balance a millet max starving student if you really wanted...
alright thanks

I feel like a noob asking this, but what is balanced?
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Long answer: read these 4 pages
http://www.headphone.com/products/pr...vs-unbalanced/

Short answer: balanced = more power/speed/clarity

It doesn't magically change the headphone into a better more expensive one. Balanced just enhances what is already there.
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alright thanks

I feel like a noob asking this, but what is balanced?
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Long answer: read these 4 pages
http://www.headphone.com/products/pr...vs-unbalanced/

Short answer: balanced = more power/speed/clarity

It doesn't magically change the headphone into a better more expensive one. Balanced just enhances what is already there.

Actually... put most simply...

Balanced is a 4 channel amp.

Almost all headphone amps are really 2 channel amps with a passive ground channel. Left and Right are amplified and ground is passive.

Balanced amplifies both the positive and ground of each channel, so you have 4 channels. Since everything is 'the same' there is less distortion and you do have more gain. Typically, more reserve power which helps with dynamics as well.

You can also do something in-between. A 3 channel amp, or what is called a SE (Single Ended) with active ground.
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Long answer: read these 4 pages
http://www.headphone.com/products/pr...vs-unbalanced/

Short answer: balanced = more power/speed/clarity

It doesn't magically change the headphone into a better more expensive one. Balanced just enhances what is already there.
Thanks +rep

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Actually... put most simply...

Balanced is a 4 channel amp.

Almost all headphone amps are really 2 channel amps with a passive ground channel. Left and Right are amplified and ground is passive.

Balanced amplifies both the positive and ground of each channel, so you have 4 channels. Since everything is 'the same' there is less distortion and you do have more gain. Typically, more reserve power which helps with dynamics as well.

You can also do something in-between. A 3 channel amp, or what is called a SE (Single Ended) with active ground.
good stuff, yet more of an initiative to get crackin on reading those soldering guides and getting one (so i can skiing ninja 'it').

Thanks again
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I bought this amp but don't hear a difference on my K-66's. Haven't tried them on the HD600s yet though.

This normal? I might not have the ear for it but hopefully the 600s will benefit more from it. Also maybe I don't have the right balance of output and boost. Right now I have the source at 100% and the amp at minimum. The source is an Archos 5 btw, and the files are all FLAC. (I've got a Fiio E5 on the way because it's more portable.)
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I bought this amp but don't hear a difference on my K-66's. Haven't tried them on the HD600s yet though.

This normal? I might not have the ear for it but hopefully the 600s will benefit more from it. Also maybe I don't have the right balance of output and boost. Right now I have the source at 100% and the amp at minimum. The source is an Archos 5 btw, and the files are all FLAC. (I've got a Fiio E5 on the way because it's more portable.)
It's time for you to buy a DAC
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Current configuration of speaker 'stands'

Office:
3/8" thick Granite tile with a cork pad underneath.
Auralex Mopads on top of the granite
Onix Ref 1's on top of the Mopads

Living room.
1" thick granite slab
thin cork layer
3/8" thick granite
av123 ELT535T's on top of the granite.

The Granite helped give the highs a bit more articulation in the ultra highs and soundstage is a bit more 'airy'


Next step: Manufacture outriggers for the ELT525T's.
AKA a DIY version of these: http://www.loudspeakerstands.com/index.html
The new brass spikes will be here tomorrow. I already have 4 12" lengths of 1 1/2" wide, 1/4" thick aluminum, primer and paint. I'll drill the aluminum to custom fit the ELT's and tap the holes on the ends for the brass spikes to thread into. I'll put 1/6" cork on the finished aluminum to dampen any vibrations between the aluminum and the bottom of the speakers. They will be firmly held in place by 2 bolts each.

Then mod my Gizmo.

Then, replace Gizmo with a power amp for ref 1's.
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