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Old 17th July 2015, 01:10 AM   #1
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Default Pono in Balanced Mode

It worked.

After reading the Pono tech bulletins I decided to take a chance on balanced mode. I purchased a sacrificial pair of the bargain mrice/Baldoor E300 phones http://www.amazon.com/Earphones-Head...e+baldoor+e300 and sacrificed a new 3.5 mm stereo male to male TRS cable to solder up a set of balanced headphones.

The E300s sound very good in single ended mode, but the balanced mode makes them sound way better. Bass, mid-range & treble are all improved. It sounds crazy when referring to headphones, but the soundstage is wider and more 3D. Percussion is superb.

It sounds so good I'll be doing this to a really good set of headphones yet to be determined. It's hard to imagine how the improvement in balanced mode of more expensive headphones over the E300s can equal the improvement of balanced over single ended.

I recently auditioned a pair of Klipsch X11s which were very good, but the E300s in balanced mode are seriously better, at less than 10% of the cost. I'd like to hear the X11s in balanced mode.
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