Frequently Asked Question
The ZEN DAC sports Pentaconn 4.4mm balanced outputs at both the front (for headphones) and back (for output into another amplifier via 4.4mm to dual XLR).
We’ve used a balanced design for the analogue stage – rare and not found at this price point. This makes it pretty special for the best sound quality.
A balanced cable has the same left + and right +. But it has a separate left - and right -. With totally separate wiring 'crosstalk' is negligible.
Therefore, a balanced connection is the superior headphone wiring configuration.