I am not the most educated person about cables - especially in weird setups like the following. If a headphone has 3.5 mm connectors, what exactly is the purpose of using a balanced cable that has a balanced end (2.5 mm, 4.4 mm, XLR)?
Now, I am aware that there are some headphone that have balanced connectors (usually 2.5 mm) and do not have a balanced end (3.5 mm or 6.3 mm), but you can always buy a cable that is fully balanced (both the connectors and the end are balanced), so it leaves me to wonder what is the purpose of using a balanced end if the connectors aren’t balanced.
One example of the first case would be the Meze 99 Classic - Meze sells a balanced cable for that headphone, but the 99 Classic uses 3.5 mm connectors.
I own the iBasso SR2, and it also uses 3.5 mm connectors - which leaves me to believe that there is no way it can be balanced - yes you can use a cable that has a balanced end, but would this do anything besides allow you to plug it in devices that have balanced outputs?
Edit: Just for reference. iBasso SR2 uses TRS 3.5 mm connectors, while Meze 99 Classic uses TS 3.5 mm connectors
I am quite curious about this, and would definitely like to better understand it. This being said, I would appreciate anybody’s contribution!