Amazon.sg:Customer reviews: NewFantasia HiFi Cable 4-pin XLR Balanced Male Compatible with Hifiman HE4XX, HE-400i (The Latest Version with Both 3.5mm Plug) Headphones Silver Plated Replacement Audio Upgrade Cable
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When this cable first arrived, I thought there must have been a mistake for sure - the packaging was the size of a small pocket diary, and I really didn't think they could fit a 2m long balanced cable with an XLR 4-pin at one end into this small flat box. But they did ! And I was delighted to open the packaging and find a very well made balanced cable neatly wound and packaged, and fit my Hifiman HE4XX perfectly. I've been using it for a month and the cable sounds great ! After previous bad experiences with XLR balanced cables with 3.5 mm ends (the headphone ends had plugs too thick to fit into the narrow grooves on the Hifiman HE4XX, leading to a fit that was less than secure), I am so happy with this NewFantasia cable :)
I can’t tell the difference between this cable and supposedly better quality balanced cables. The main benefit of using balanced in my setup? No crackling in the headphone drivers at all, and a big amount more power that can be pushed through the balanced out of my amp.
After about 32 days I noticed the right side was dimmer than the left, it would happen intermittently and seems to be a bad connection at the Y terminal. tried it with other headphones and the same issue. I am beyond careful with my headphones and have never tugged on the cable nor even removed them from amp. I literally had maybe 200 listening hours on them before I started experiencing the issue. I contacted them a few weeks ago with no response. Sadly did not buy the warranty since I have never abused any headphones I have owned. I was to lazy to wait for some mom & pops to ship me a cable and I payed the price....
I have a pair of HD 400i and recently upgraded my headphone amp to the Monolith 124459 Desktop Headphone Amplifier and DAC with THX AAA Technology. I have always heard that using a balanced cable can provide more power for longer cable lengths but otherwise provides no improvement in sound. That being said, I’ve always felt the stock cable was shorter than ideal so I talked myself into buying this longer, balanced cable.
I’ve only plugged it in for a few minutes so far but WOW! What a difference. I don’t feel qualified to comment on all characteristics but I will say the sound seems livelier and much cleaner. I’m really happy about the purchase and will likely get one for my HD6xx when they come arrive.
As for build quality, I’m also happy so far. I didn’t think I was going to really care for the look but they are pretty cool in person. They seem really solid and easy to manage. I’ll update later if I run into any issues but I’m thrilled so far.
I own several cables by NewFantasia and they are second to none. You can pay more if it makes you feel good, but these ALWAYS work great and sound great. They coil up nicely and lay flat in the tray under my headphone hangers. They don't tangle and untwist easily when you're ready to use them. The connectors are solid and always in spec with the headphones that they are supposed to fit.
I also own other audio cables for applications besides headphones and they have been trouble free as well.
I ordered these because I’m using a loxjie p20 amp with my hifiman he-4xx headphones so I can have an all balanced setup once my small su-8 comes in. The cable is beautiful and works perfectly for me, it’s stiffer than regular headphone cables but that’s probably better I’m not sure yet but these are for my desktop set up so I’m sure they will hold up fine seeing as I do t move around while I’m listening to music at my desk.
It's a light, bendy cable for an affordable price. Works well!
Manufacturers charge a lot for headphones' XLR cables. Usually, they would quote something around $200 and good look finding even a third-party cable for less than $100.
This cable is great. It's very reasonably priced. The braiding is not stiff, the cable is comfortably light and doesn't rattle when you move your head. Time will tell how durable it is but so far I have no complaints.
Overall these are pretty decent for the price. The wires are super thin and the plastic sheathing is not super flexible which isn't ideal but again, for the price it's not bad. The only reason this cable is as flexible as it is is because of the braid. My only real complaint is the micro-phonics are pretty bad with the wires after the split. You don't want to rub them on anything if you have quiet music on or no music playing. Outside of that though these are decent. Using them to tide me over until I can get some better cables from Hart Audio.
All in all though this cable is a big step up from what came with my HiFiMan Edition XX. The stock cable is garbage.