PWe are happy to offer balanced cables for the Onkyo DP-X1 portable music players and various Astell and Kern players, as well as the Cayin N5. Why balanced? Simply put, less distortion, less noise, more gain. See our balanced information page.
The new Onkyo DP-X1 portable music player has a 2.5mm balanced TRRS audio output fed from its dual ESS Sabre ES9018K2M DACS. The Onkyo DP-X1 User Manual states on page 89 that Balanced operation provides "a superior effect in the quality of the music."
Many Astell and Kern portable music players also feature a 2.5mm balanced output which should be used for top performance. Please see the Astell and Kern description of balanced output (about halfway down the page). Indeed, AK states there that balanced output "resulted in the best sound."
We offer products that are able to take advantage of these balanced outputs.
|Onkyo DP-X1 (2.5mm balanced output)|
|Cayin N5 (2.5mm balanced output)|
Astell & Kern (all models with 2.5mm balanced output), including:
|The Bit Opus #1 DAC (2.5mm balanced output)|
|Luxury and Precision L3 DAC (2.5 mm balanced output)|
|FiiO X7 with AM3 and Fiio X5 3rd Gen 2.5mm balanced out|
|Pioneer XDP-300R (2.5mm balanced out)|
2.5mm male TRRS to dual 3.5mm Female TRS
(Allows Pono player balanced mode cables to connect to the Onkyo or AK players.)
2.5mm male TRRS to single 3.5mm Female TRRS
(Allows HiFiMan or other balanced TRRS cable to connect to Onkyo or AK players)
2.5mm male TRRS to dual 3 pin XLR Male.
(Allows Onkyo or A&K player output to be fed into the balanced input of a preamplifier).
2.5mm male TRRS to single 4 pin XLR Female
(Allows 4 pin XLR balanced headphones to connect to the Onkyo or AK player's balanced output)
3.5mm TRS with 1/4" screw on adapter to 2.5mm TRRS Female
(Allows TRRS balanced plug to work with normal 3.5mm or 1/4" jack)
The ON-P connects the Onkyo/AK player to two 3.5mm Female jacks, allowing your Pono Player balanced mode cables to work with the Onkyo or AK player. This cable is a foot long made with our "standard" Teflon insulated- silver plated copper wire.
The ON-HF connects the Onkyo/AK player to a single 3.5mm TRRS Female jack, allowing your HiFiMan balanced cable (or other headphone with a TRRS 3.5mm balanced cable) to work in balanced mode with the Onkyo or AK player. This cable is a foot long made with our "standard" Teflon insulated- silver plated copper wire.
The ON-XLR3 connects the Onkyo/AK player to a pair of 3 pin XLR Male connectors. This allows your balanced output to connect to a balanced input on a preamplifier or integrated amplifer. This cable is 3 feet or 5 feet long made with our "standard" Teflon insulated- silver plated copper wire and a pair of Neutrik XLR Male connectors. (Please email us for other lengths).
The ON-XLR4 connects the Onkyo/AK player to a single 4 pin XLR Female connector. This allows your balanced headphone cable using a 4 pin Male XLR to connect in balanced mode to the Onkyo or AK player. This cable is a foot long made with our "standard" Teflon insulated- silver plated copper wire and a Neutrik XLR Female connector.
The MINICombo allows a 2.5mm TRRS plug to work in a standard 3.5mm unbalanced jack or 1/4" standard size headphone jack. This is a cable using a 3.5mm jack (with 1/4" screw on adapter included) that terminates in a 2.5mm TRRS Female jack. The cable uses the same wire as the other cables.
We can make Onkyo/ AK balanced cables for your balanced headphones. Please check our list of headphones and select the 2.5mm cable. Or email us for details.
Shown below is an Onkyo DP-X1 to Sennheiser HD700 Headphone cable. It is available here.