Surf Cables Chart of Balanced Headphone Models
We constantly receive requests for advice as to whether certain models of headphones are balanced-capable in stock (unmodified form). Below is a chart that might answer your question as to whether your headphones are natively balanced and thus compatible with the Pono Player in balanced mode.
Please see our Balanced Audio Guide here to learn why people make a big deal out of balanced audio/ balanced mode and balanced headphones.
|Headphones||Natively Balanced (Pono Balanced Mode Compatible)?|
|AKG||Generally AKG headphones are not compatible with balanced mode without special modifications.|
|Alpha Dog||Yes, however we do not stock parts for this model, but Please email us for ordering a cable.|
|Audeze LCD Series||Yes, Audeze LCD-2/3 cables available here.|
|Audeze EL Series||Yes, click here for EL-8 Pono Cables.|
Generally, Audio Technica headphones are not compatible with balanced mode without special modifications.
ATH-R70X - Yes! Nice headphones! please email us for details.
|AudioQuest||Nighthawk cables are available, please see this page for more details.|
|Beyerdynamic||Generally, Beyerdynamic headphones are not compatible with balanced mode without special modifications.|
Generally, no. QC25 - No; QC3 - no.
Bose TP-1 is balanced with dual runs of wire to the 3.5mm plug. Plug can be removed and cable re-terminated balanced.
|Bang & Olufsen||No.|
|Denon AH-D7100||Yes. Please email us for details.|
|Grado||No (but most can be modified).|
Yes, certain models compatible, check our HiFiMan page here
HE-1000 cables also available, please see this page for more details.
|IEMs (In-Ear-Monitors)||Yes, please see our IEM page for more details. Generally all earbuds and IEMs which also include removable cables (including Sennheiser IE-80, Shure/ Westone and Ultimate Ears) are balanced mode compatible. Please email us for details about your specific model. If your unit lacks removeable cables it may or may not be balanced capable (depending on whether the two grounds are joined at the 3.5mm connector or at the Y connector located in the neck area).|
|Master and Dynamic||hmmm....|
|Oppo PM-1, PM-2 and PM-3||Yes, Oppo cables available here.|
|Sennheiser Momentum, Momentum 2||We have tested the Momentum 2, it has a balanced cable but the headset is not balanced. The headset receptacle requires modification to be balanced so no. Likely the same for the Momentum and all over ear and on-ear models.|
|Sennheiser HD497||Sort of, the stock cable can be re-terminated for balanced mode. Please email us for details.|
|Sennheiser HD518/ HD558/ HD598||Yes! Please email us for details.|
|Sennheiser HD600 Type||Yes, HD414, HD420, HD430, HD525, HD545, HD565, HD580, HD600 and HD650. Sennheiser HD600/650 type cables available here.|
|Sennheiser HD700||Yes Sennheiser HD700 cables available here.|
|Sennheiser HD800||Yes Sennheiser HD800 cables available here.|
|Sony MDR-1A||Yes, no problem. Please email us for details.|
|Sony MDR-Z7||Yes Sony MDR-Z7 cables available here.|
|V-Moda||No. Models with the dual inputs can be easily modified for balanced operation. Please email us for details.|