DIY balanced cable pentaconn to 3.5m TS wiring

Hi everyone, newby here.

I’m trying to make my own balanced cable for my Meze 99 Noir and have some trouble with the wiring, I was hoping someone here could help me. I have a 4.4mm Pentaconn connector that connects to the amp and two 3.5mm TS connectors connecting to the headphone. If my understanding of how a balanced cable works is correct, it should work if I wire the positive and negative signal to separate parts of the 3.5mm connector, L+ to the tip and L- to the sleeve. If I connect the wires as shown in the picture below would this be correct?


That is correct, yes.

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This is correct as MazeFrame stated.
Also good luck man i hate soldering 4,4 pentaconn
these fukers are just the worst. Xlr is just so much nicer

I have an additional question.

Lets say I have an 6 core braid cable, would it be beneficial to connect the G portion of the 4.4 pentacon
so that the end result would be

1 to L+
1 to L-
1 to R+
1 to R-
2 to G

If benefitial, should the G be connected on the Male jack and only or even on the IEM side to the -ve terminal ?


Can hook up ground on the output side and leave floating (= unconnected) on headphone side, or tie to the plug housing (assuming the headphone side plug(s) have a housing for that) so the headphone itself is grounded.

DO NOT tie the ground to any signal! Neither plus nor minus!

thanks. will give it a try.