Top 10 Balanced Headphones
for October 2021

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HIFIMAN Deva Over-Ear Full-Size Open-Back Planar Magnetic Headphone with Bluetooth Dongle/Receiver, Balanced Input, Easily Switch to Wireless, USB/Wireless/Wired

HIFIMAN Deva Over-Ear Full-Size Open-Back Planar Magnetic Headphone with Bluetooth Dongle/Receiver

Balanced Input, Easily Switch to Wireless, USB/Wireless/Wired

by HIFIMAN
What We like

HIFIMANs NEO supernano Diaphragm (NsD): The new NsD is 80% thinner than previous designs, resulting in fast response and detailed image with lush, full range sonics.

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Product Features

  • Total Channel Separation: Balanced channel input, TRRS 3.5mm headphone jack and socket; Offering 4 discrete pathways offering up to 20 dB higher power handling; Maximum Versatility: Bluetooth+USB+Cable
  • Unique Configuration Unit: With the rich experience of developing world top-class headphones, HIFIMAN uses the unique configuration unit in Deva, promising the excellent sound quality.
  • Bluemini-Small but Mighty: The DEVA companion Blueooth / USB module; Bluetooth receiver, DAC and Amp all in one. Blueminis built in power amp and buffer stage filter has power, dynamics and detail enough to rival a desktop amp. With built-in Microphone
  • Bluetooth, USB, Wired- Your Choice Bluetooth: A variety of HD Bluetooth protocal-LDAC, aptX-HD, aptX, AAC fully HD compatible USB: USB DAC via USB-C cable: up to 24bit/192kHz Wired: Traditional wired 3.5mm Balanced input; Also support a standard 3.5mm single ended input

Total channel separation: balanced channel input, trrs 3.5mm headphone jack and socket; offering 4 discrete pathways offering up to 20 db higher power handling; maximum versatility: bluetooth+usb+cable Unique configuration unit: with the rich experience of developing world top-class headphones, HIFIMAN uses the unique configuration unit in deva, promising the excellent sound quality. Bluemini-small but mighty: the deva companion blueooth / usb module; bluetooth receiver, dac and amp all in one. blueminis built in power amp and buffer stage filter has power, dynamics and detail enough to rival a desktop amp. with built-in microphone Bluetooth, usb, wired- your choice bluetooth: a variety of hd bluetooth protocal-ldac, aptx-hd, aptx, aac fully hd compatible usb: usb dac via usb-c cable: up to 24bit/192khz wired: traditional wired 3.5mm balanced input; also support a standard 3.5mm single ended input

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Drop + THX AAA 789 Linear Headphone Amplifier - Desktop Amp with Balanced XLR and Single-Ended RCA Inputs

Drop + THX AAA 789 Linear Headphone Amplifier

Desktop Amp with Balanced XLR and Single-Ended RCA Inputs

by DROP
What We like

ADDITIONAL FEATURES Each channel of the THX AAA 789 amp is equipped with a low-bias class-AB main amplifier and an auxiliary error-correction amplifier, the former providing the majority of the power and the latter providing a realtime low-power error-correction signal.

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Product Features

  • THE WORLDS MOST LINEAR AMPLIFIER Announced at CES 2018, the Drop + THX Achromatic Audio Amplifier (THX AAA) 789 is a linear bipolar amplifier with feed-forward error correction
  • FATIGUE-FREE LISTENING Made in collaboration with THX Ltd. , it features the companys groundbreaking THX AAA and feed-forward topology, which reduce distortion by 20 to 40 dB for realistic, fatigue-free listening.
  • THX AAA TECHNOLOGY Capable of driving any headphones, including high-impedance, high-current, and high-sensitivity types, the THX AAA 789 amp transmits the original audio in its purest possible form.

Fatigue-free listening made in collaboration with thx ltd. , it features the companys groundbreaking thx aaa and feed-forward topology, which reduce distortion by 20 to 40 db for realistic, fatigue-free listening. The worlds most linear amplifier announced at ces 2018, the DROP + thx achromatic audio amplifier (thx aaa) 789 is a linear bipolar amplifier with feed-forward error correction Thx aaa technology capable of driving any headphones, including high-impedance, high-current, and high-sensitivity types, the thx aaa 789 amp transmits the original audio in its purest possible form.

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S.M.S.L SP200 Headphone Amp THX AAA 888 Technology XLR RCA Balanced Headphone Amplifier

Fanmusic S.M.S.L SP200 Headphone Amp THX AAA 888 Technology XLR RCA Balanced Headphone Amplifier

by SMSL
What We like

The SP200 has a balanced stereo headphone output, a balanced stereo line input, comes with high precision resistors for temperature stability, and a high-efficiency ultra-low noise power supply.

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Product Features

  • This amplifier is versatile and can be used to drive a variety of headsets including those that have high impedance, require high current, or need high sensitivity.
  • Toggle switch for operation, input selection, and gain control
  • Full protection with DC, over-voltage, over-current, and short-circuit
  • The SP200 Headphone Amp comes with an included AC power supply and is equipped with XLR and RCA inputs.

Toggle switch for operation, input selection, and gain control The sp200 headphone amp comes with an included ac power supply and is equipped with xlr and rca inputs. Full protection with dc, over-voltage, over-current, and short-circuit This amplifier is versatile and can be used to drive a variety of headsets including those that have high impedance, require high current, or need high sensitivity.

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S.M.S.L SP200 THX AAA-888 Balanced Headphone Amplifier with XLR RCA Input

S.M.S.L SP200 THX AAA-888 Balanced Headphone Amplifier with XLR RCA Input

by Shenzhen Shuangmusanlin Electronic Co.,Ltd
What We like

Ultra-Compact Design, Perfect for Desktop Systems

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Product Features

  • High precision resistors for temperature stability, Pop-less design with high-Quality relays
  • Fully protection with DC, Over-Voltage, Over-Current, Short-Circuit and thermal protection on headphone amplier
  • Balanced stereo headphone output, balanced stereo line input
  • THX AAA-888 headphone amplier with THX AAA technology

Thx aaa-888 headphone amplier with thx aaa technology Balanced stereo headphone output, balanced stereo line input High precision resistors for temperature stability, pop-less design with high-quality relays Fully protection with dc, over-voltage, over-current, short-circuit and thermal protection on headphone amplier

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NewFantasia HiFi Cable 4-pin XLR Balanced Male for Audeze LCD-2, LCD-3, LCD-4, LCD-X, LCD-XC Headphone Silver Plated Replacement Audio Upgrade Cable

NewFantasia HiFi Cable 4-pin XLR Balanced Male for Audeze LCD-2

LCD-3, LCD-4, LCD-X, LCD-XC Headphone Silver Plated Replacement Audio Upgrade Cable

by NewFantasia
What We like

Features:high resolving power, smooth sound transparent, clear and full of layered detail; IF moist, magnetic voice; full of powerful low frequency

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Product Features

  • Length: 2meters (6.6ft), this cable is made with the Silver Plated cable
  • Connector: 4Pin XLR balanced male
  • This cable works with Audeze LCD-2, LCD-3, LCD-4, LCD-X, LCD-XC Headphone

Connector: 4pin xlr balanced male Length: 2meters (6.6ft), this cable is made with the silver plated cable This cable works with audeze lcd-2, lcd-3, lcd-4, lcd-x, lcd-xc headphone

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Tin HiFi T3 IEM Brighter Neutral Sound TIN Audio T3 Earbuds Headphone with Balanced Knowles Armature and Dynamic Driver MMCX in Ear Monitor

KINBOOFI Tin HiFi T3 IEM Brighter Neutral Sound TIN Audio T3 Earbuds Headphone with Balanced Knowles Armature and Dynamic Driver MMCX in Ear Monitor

by KINBOOFI
What We like

Foam Ear Tips & CNC Machined All Metal Build IEM: A comfortable foam tips allowing a more comfortable listening experience and a great seal and isolation. CNC metal build construction made it more sturdy and durable than other monitors.

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Product Features

  • Preshaped 8 Core OFC Silver Plated Detachable MMCX Cable: This TIN T3 has a 1.25m 5N Oxygen free copper silver plated cable with a glass bead on it which keeps the cable secure. Pre-formed ear hooks made it more convenient to use when on stage running and so on.
  • OneYear KINBOOFIprotection: KINBOOFI Audio have the Formal authorization from TINHIFI company, all products are original.We will stand behind your order for 12months from the date of purchase if you order from KINBOOFI.
  • Brighter Neutral Sound of TIN HIFI T3 In Ear Headphone: Totally the TIN T3 has a brighter sound features. TIN HIFI T3 has a well textured greater extension and more sub-bass extension than T2 and T2 PRO, but not that enough for people who focus much on bass part . A very goodclarity and separation on the Mids, revised Treble upon the T2 and T2 Pro sound. The soundstage and Imagining is done very well at this price range among other earphones.
  • 10mm Dynamic & Knowles Balanced Armature Driver: TIN Audio T3 as a CNC-machined all metal build IEMs has a 10mm Dynamic Driver response the low frequency, and a Knowles Balanced Armature response the Mid and High frequency. This combination allow this TIN T3 earphones a brighter neutral and cleaner balanced sound. Upgrade Version of T2 and T2 Pro. Those that are treble sensitive or prefer more laid back or darker signatures need not apply this.

Preshaped 8 core ofc silver plated detachable mmcx cable: this tin t3 has a 1.25m 5n oxygen free copper silver plated cable with a glass bead on it which keeps the cable secure. pre-formed ear hooks made it more convenient to use when on stage running and so on. 10mm dynamic & knowles balanced armature driver: tin audio t3 as a cnc-machined all metal build iems has a 10mm dynamic driver response the low frequency, and a knowles balanced armature response the mid and high frequency. this combination allow this tin t3 earphones a brighter neutral and cleaner balanced sound. upgrade version of t2 and t2 pro. those that are treble sensitive or prefer more laid back or darker signatures need not apply this. Brighter neutral sound of tin hifi t3 in ear headphone: totally the tin t3 has a brighter sound features. tin hifi t3 has a well textured greater extension and more sub-bass extension than t2 and t2 pro, but not that enough for people who focus much on bass part . a very goodclarity and separation on the mids, revised treble upon the t2 and t2 pro sound. the soundstage and imagining is done very well at this price range among other earphones. Oneyear KINBOOFIprotection: KINBOOFI audio have the formal authorization from tinhifi company, all products are original.we will stand behind your order for 12months from the date of purchase if you order from KINBOOFI.

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Monolith THX AAA Balanced Headphone Amplifier Featuring THX AAA 887 Technology, Balanced and Single-Ended Inputs (139359)

Monolith THX AAA Balanced Headphone Amplifier Featuring THX AAA 887 Technology

Balanced and Single-Ended Inputs (139359)

by Monoprice
What We like

Balanced and single-ended inputs: The amplifier features an XLR balanced input, plus 1/4in and 3.5mm single ended inputs to eliminate the need for adapters.

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Product Features

  • The THX Achromatic Audio Amplifier (THX AAA) ensures the ultimate no compromise headphone audio experience by delivering the fidelity audio with infinitesimally low levels of noise, distortion, and power consumption.
  • High grade CNC-milled aluminum with black anodized finish chassis material.
  • Connector type: 4-Pin Mini DIN
  • Three gain settings: The amplifier features three different gain settings for optimal compatibility with all headphones. The lowest gain setting is the most appropriate for sensitive IEMs.
  • 50 kilohms input impedance.

Three gain settings: the amplifier features three different gain settings for optimal compatibility with all headphones. the lowest gain setting is the most appropriate for sensitive iems. High grade cnc-milled aluminum with black anodized finish chassis material. Connector type: 4-pin mini din The thx achromatic audio amplifier (thx aaa) ensures the ultimate no compromise headphone audio experience by delivering the fidelity audio with infinitesimally low levels of noise, distortion, and power consumption. 50 kilohms input impedance.

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KZ AS10 IEM 5 Balanced Armature Driver Earphone, Stereo HiFi KZ in Ear Monitor Headphone Musician Headset with Detachable 2 Pin Cable(No Microphone, Black)

KINBOOFI KZ AS10 IEM 5 Balanced Armature Driver Earphone

Stereo HiFi KZ in Ear Monitor Headphone Musician Headset with Detachable 2 Pin Cable(No Microphone, Black)

by KINBOOFI
What We like

Detachable OCC 2 Pin Cable: Like most of other KZ headset, This KZ AS10 earbuds headphone is equipped with detachable cable, if original cable is broken or want to have a try for upgrade or other cable, this detachable design would be perfect for you.

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Product Features

  • 5 Balanced Armature Driver KZ AS10 Earphone: With 5 balanced armature driver on this KZ in ear monitors, 5 balanced armatures response from Low to High frequency, add more definition and show more details in music, provide a balanced sound feature.
  • HIFI Sound: Impressive punch and impact of bass, fast and accurate with quick attack and decay.Full and warm Mids with excellent detail. Highs are well extended but not overly boosted. Sound stage is very wide and individual instruments are easy to locate.
  • One Year Protection Time: KINBOOFI Audio have the Formal authorization from KZ company, all products are original.you will get one year protective time and friendly customer service from the date of purchase only when you buy from KINBOOFI.
  • 5 Armature Driver Details: KZ AS10 musician in ear monitor uses 5 driver, include one 22955 BA driver for Lows can be comparable to the traditional dynamic driver. 1 piece 296898 for Mids, 2 pieces 30095 for Highs, 1 pieces 31005 for Mid and High.

One year protection time: KINBOOFI audio have the formal authorization from kz company, all products are original.you will get one year protective time and friendly customer service from the date of purchase only when you buy from KINBOOFI. Hifi sound: impressive punch and impact of bass, fast and accurate with quick attack and decay.full and warm mids with excellent detail. highs are well extended but not overly boosted. sound stage is very wide and individual instruments are easy to locate. 5 armature driver details: kz as10 musician in ear monitor uses 5 driver, include one 22955 ba driver for lows can be comparable to the traditional dynamic driver. 1 piece 296898 for mids, 2 pieces 30095 for highs, 1 pieces 31005 for mid and high. 5 balanced armature driver kz as10 earphone: with 5 balanced armature driver on this kz in ear monitors, 5 balanced armatures response from low to high frequency, add more definition and show more details in music, provide a balanced sound feature.

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Schiit Magnius Balanced Headphone Amp and Preamp

Schiit Magnius Balanced Headphone Amp and Preamp

by Schiit
What We like

Includes both balanced and single-ended inputs, and two gain levels. Balanced and single-ended preamp outputs allow you to connect to powered monitors for a complete system.

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Product Features

  • Product is supplied with a 110 120V US power supply suitable for use in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. This power supply will not work in 220 240V countries.
  • Magnius delivers high power, superb measurements, and best volume control in its price class. It is also designed and built in California, USA.
  • Magnius delivers 5000mW from its balanced headphone output at 32 ohms.
  • If youre looking for measurements, Magnius is our best-measuring amp.

If youre looking for measurements, magnius is our best-measuring amp. Magnius delivers high power, superb measurements, and best volume control in its price class. it is also designed and built in california, usa. Product is supplied with a 110 120v us power supply suitable for use in the united states, canada, and mexico. this power supply will not work in 220 240v countries. Magnius delivers 5000mw from its balanced headphone output at 32 ohms.

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KZ AS10, LINSOUL 5BA HiFi Stereo in-Ear Earphone High Resolution Earbud Headphone with 0.75mm 2 pin Cable, Five Balanced Armature Drivers, Noise Cancelling (Without Mic, Cyan)

KZ AS10

LINSOUL 5BA HiFi Stereo in-Ear Earphone High Resolution Earbud Headphone with 0.75mm 2 pin Cable, Five Balanced Armature Drivers, Noise Cancelling (Without Mic, Cyan)

by LINSOUL
What We like

PROFESSIONAL CROSSOVER CIRCUIT DESIGN. The AS10 has a big dynamic driver handling bass, two drivers handing high frequency, two drivers handing mid frequency. The AS10 has better impact, speed, and overall agility. Bass is very strong, mid-range is very prominent and the highs is not overly sharp

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Product Features

  • FIVE BALANCED ARMATURES EARPHONE. Dedicating to offer the best sound for customers, KZ finally released its first pure balanced armature earphones. With 5 balanced drives per side, the sound quality has been greatly improved, more details can be heard
  • STABLE AND CONFORTABLE WEARING EXPERIENCE. With the detachable 2 pin braided cable, and ergonomic design memorable ear hook, KZ AS10 outstands most earphones in the market with its practical design and long-lasting quality
  • UNIQUE 3D PRINTING TECHNOLOGY. For the first time, KZ adopts 3D printing technology in manufacturing the internal acoustic structure which houses the drivers, guiding sound to two individual outputs visible in the base of each nozzle

Five balanced armatures earphone. dedicating to offer the best sound for customers, kz finally released its first pure balanced armature earphones. with 5 balanced drives per side, the sound quality has been greatly improved, more details can be heard Stable and confortable wearing experience. with the detachable 2 pin braided cable, and ergonomic design memorable ear hook, kz as10 outstands most earphones in the market with its practical design and long-lasting quality Unique 3d printing technology. for the first time, kz adopts 3d printing technology in manufacturing the internal acoustic structure which houses the drivers, guiding sound to two individual outputs visible in the base of each nozzle

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