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Massdrop x MEE audio 2-Pin Balanced Cable Set

Massdrop x MEE audio 2-Pin Balanced Cable Set

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“Audiophile cables” can be a touchy subject.  Pricing is often expensive and claims of sonic improvement can cause debate. In order to receive quality and professionalism, the pricing for cables can be quite high. In order to get better pricing, cables can take a long time to be custom-made by a one-man shop or sent overseas from an unknown vendor. Cables can arrive with incorrect wiring, a plug that wasn’t shown on the website, or connectors that don’t fit the same as stock connectors.
We take a practical approach when it comes to cables...deliver high quality at reasonable prices and help connect the gear in your collection.
With this collaboration, we worked with our partners at MEE audio to create an affordable cable package for 2-pin in-ear monitors that covers your needs for all the best portable gear.
2.5mm TRRS cable: The cable allows you to connect to digital audio players such as the Astell&Kern or FiiO series, which feature fully balanced output jacks for additional power and control with even lower distortion on the signal.

The cable also allows you to get the most out of devices like the Astell&Kern bluetooth XB10 receiver:
3.5mm TRS single-ended adapter: This adapter is for convenience, so you don’t have to carry another cable & swap if you need to connect to a standard unbalanced output jack. WARNING NOTE: Please be careful not to use the 3.5mm TRS single-ended adapter into a balanced 3.5mm TRRS jack or you could damage the amp.
3.5mm TRRS adapter: For balanced output jacks that use 3.5mm. (Please take care to use the correct plug if your device has two different 3.5mm jacks. TRS is for single-ended and TRRS is for balanced.)
Sony Pentaconn 4.4mm adapter:

The Balanced Cable with adapters is not the first cable that we have worked on.  We requested that Noble begin offering lightning connectors and 2.5mm TRRS balanced cable options.  We also offer a 2.5mm TRRS cable option with the Massdrop Plus. This is so you may have easier access to using your IEMs with balanced amps and digital audio players or USB DAC/Amp combos.
We’re working to make cables and connectors available at reasonable pricing so that you can put together the best combinations of gear.
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Oops. Yeah, CTX should have been LCX (Cavalli Liquid Carbon X). I blame your screen name and my acronym-heavy job (I'm writing some technical documentation today--fatigue and TLAs are a bad combo). :-D
Thanks for the insights on Alex's design choices with the Liquid Carbon X. I'm looking forward to another run through my headphone and music collections with my LCX when it shows up. I hadn't put much thought into using a desktop amp for IEMs, but then I hadn't really expected to get so much out of the Utopias from a portable DAP, either. It's fun to experiment.
Thanks also for feeding my comments back to the team. The AK380 has been so much fun that I'm inclined to standardize on ~4' 2.5mm balanced cables for most of my cans and use adapters like those in this drop to connect to other sources. I didn't much care for the 2.5mm form factor at first (seemed a little too tiny to be sturdy), but then again it's much nicer to start at 2.5mm and use an adapter to go bigger than it is to have, say, an XLR-to-anything-else adapter hanging off my headphone cable like a fishing weight. :-)
Thank you for the feedback and for sharing how you would like to use your gear together! This is what we hope for and work towards...cheers.
Please make a set for Sennheiser HD 6XXs.
Just to be clear, these ARE silver-plated copper CABLES, right? The silver-plated copper points to the connector, and the description just says silver-plated copper (but not CABLES).
My plug just open up as I tried to remove the earphone from my DAP.
Is there anyone who i can contact on this? what is the warranty for this? I have played it for 3 times to date.
Appreciate any help here
wish this worked with 58x 6xx etc...
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I just like the idea of multiple termination points, I'm aware there are plenty of cables I can get for 40-120 bucks if I want them :( A "one cable fits all" with adapters made for the the actual cable without looking "jenky" was what I liked here... although I also realize its missing some ;)
Anyone know where I can purchase the adapters separately? Not really interested in the cable, just have some 2.55 balanced products that I want to use with my smartphone.
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If you don't mind that the cable it's not made of silver, I found this cable to be really good and soft to the touch and it's actually straight and there's a balanced option:
However I am checking the cable and even if it is straight I am not 100% sure if it is going to fit the IMR R1 due to the more deep connection on the IEM :(
That cable looks good, and cheap too. I’m just worried about the 40-59 days lead time.
I ordered this cable for the R1 & Sony WM1A:
Just received this set, so first of all thank you Massdrop for the speedy delivery! While I can't say about the sonic quality of cables in general, what I can say is that the cable is indeed nice and easy to deal with, but more importantly, the 3 adapters included are very convenient for me. I know there are other adapters available, I haven't seen one that is an L-shaped or as heavy duty, at least not on Amazon. I'm sure these adapters exist in AliExpress, but I don't want to deal with yet another marketplace, at least not yet.
The one thing I really hope for is longevity and durability. Hope these last longer than the cables I've owned. Thanks again MD!
Mine just arrived this afternoon. This is my current set-up, with files coming from my LG V30 (taking the picture) and Tidal. I'm only 10 minutes into it, but so far, very good. With my Noble X and Astell&Kern XB10, I was a clear potential customer.
This is a close-up of how it fits into the Noble X.
This is a close-up of how they fit into the NuForce EDC.
Can these be used with PX pinnacle?
Hi Tokky, This is the version you need for P1 Pinnacle and PX Pinnacle:
May I ask what's the difference between the MEE-made balanced cable set ($99), besides the 2-pin connectors?
I have the above cable and am considering getting this 2-pin set.
Thanks in advance.
It's too bad the 2-pin looks almost proprietary to the plus x, so it won't look as good in other iems. Bummer.
You're not wrong. They look a little funny in my Noble X and NuForce EDC. I posted pictures in another comment. That being said, I like their effect on what I hear.
What would happen if I plugged the balanced 3.5mm into a smartphone?
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If I use this cable and the Stereo 3.5mm adapter to my LG V30, will it still be balanced signal or just single ended one?
just use the single ended 3.5 mm single ended adaptor for non balanced inputs. Plugging a balanced input to a non-balanced source won't make it balanced. Balanced inputs should be plugged into balanced outputs. There is an adapter that is single ended so use that for your phone.
Can these be used with the massdrop Sennheiser 6xx?
I'll probably drop in on this one when the XLR is included rather than these other useless adapters.
Will you guys drop a version with Mic?
Do these work with the Sennheiser IE80?
bummer that it doesn't work with isine
@CEE_TEE when will there be a drop for XLR4 to 2.5 or 4.4mm balance jack converter like the on in pics?
We are trying to nail down the quantity and timing on 2.5mm to 4-pin XLR adapters now...thank you for asking. Hopefully we’ll have the plan soon!
do balanced cables work with regular input holes such as a phone or laptop?
No, if you plug the balanced 3.5mm connector into your normal 3.5mm jack (esp jacks that expect the fourth lead to be for mics), you're gonna have a bad time.
as Will said, they won't - but this drop does have an adapter for that.
Could someone tell me what the XLR to 2,5mm balanced adapter used with the Cavali Liquid Carbon amp is called and where I could buy one? My Google-fu is failing me. Thanks!
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We made the one in the picture, hope to make them available for purchase soon at much less than $60.
Thanks. I'll keep my eyes open!
I want a MMCX version!
why no mmcx version?
So these don’t quite fit iSine 20’s?
Any chance that Massdrop will release a competitor to the Null Audio Brevity S cable? All I'm looking for is a cheap 3.5mm unbalanced cable with 2-pin recessed connectors, a 3-button remote/mic that's compatible with Android, and no braiding or memory wire, preferably with cloth covering to reduce tangling.
I would appreciate a cable like this as well, except no remote/mic. Maybe they could offer both options.
Can you add a comprehensive list of Massdrop compatible headphones.
Massdrop Plus MEE Planamic Noble X/Wizard (may look odd since the socket isn't very recessed but it will fit fine) Nuforce EDC/3 (may look odd since the OEM cable has a cowl but it will fit fine)
This is a good price for what you get, but I wonder why show the Massdrop x Cavalli LCX when it is not possible to connect to it using this product... I personally use the Norne Hyper-Short Adapter from 2.5mm TRRS to 4-Pin XLR. Link for anyone who's interested:
Will this fit the IMR R1?
No, these will not work with IMR R1 because of the angled 2 pin connectors. You need straight 2 pin connectors for the R1.
Hi I'm hopping in this drop but I have a question. What's the balanced adaptor used plugged into the Cavalli's 4 pin xlr socket? It looks great!
Will these work with the Etymotic Research ER4SR Studio Reference In-Ear Monitors?
I believe this would be the one, but I have not tried for ergonomics:
The Etys have a notch in the MMCX connection so you have to ask other users on Headfi/Massdrop product pages. I don't have one so can't check right now.
Will these work with the Etymotic Research ER4SR Studio Reference In-Ear Monitors?
The Etys have a notch in the MMCX connection so you have to ask other users on Headfi/Massdrop product pages. I don't have one so can't check right now.