Monoprice M1570 Balanced Cable Guide

My custom Monoprice M1570 to Audeze Balanced cable adapter:

Monoprice M1570 to Audeze Balanced cable adapter
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This is the wiring diagram I used for connecting the wiring on my mini-XLR Monoprice M1570 to Audeze Balanced cable adapter:

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Mini-XLR Layout courtesy of Gurbakhshish Singh

Note: Wiring the mini-XLR connectors in this way allows the balanced cable to be used for both Audeze/ZMF headphones as well as Monoprice M1570 headphone.

The Problem: 

The Monoprice M1570 Headphones do not ship with a balanced XLR cable.  Some of us tried connecting our Audeze or ZMF balanced XLR cables to our amplifiers, but it triggered the overcurrent protection on my Massdrop THX AAA 789 for example.  Monoprice is also not planning to have a balanced XLR cable available until about another month or two.  Per Monoprice, their target price for their balanced cable is expected to be around $80 (but don’t quote me on it).  I think that will be a fair price as that is about the same price as third party balanced audio cables made by companies such as Periapt.

Problem Discussion:

Create your own balanced cable or have an aftermarket audio cable company make one for you.  You’ll need the wiring pinout schematics below in order to do this.

First let’s look at why the Audeze and ZMF balanced cables do not work on the Monoprice M1570 and why you shouldn’t use cables from other headphones with the Monoprice M1570 headphones.

Audeze LCD-2 headphones Quarter Inch Pinout Wiring Diagram:

Audeze LCD-2 Quarter Inch Unbalanced Pinout Wiring Diagram
Image obtained from Head-Fi.org

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Monoprice M1570 First Impressions Review

 

This is my Monoprice M1570 first impressions review video of Monoprice’s new flagship audiophile headphones. Monoprice recently released the new Monoprice M1070, which is a successor to the Monoprice M1060 as well as their new flagship headphones the Monoprice Monolith M1570. This is a Monoprice Monolith M1570 first impressions review of Monoprice’s new flagship headphones where I go over the sound as well as talk about the possibility of using a balanced cable with these headphones. #monoprice #m1570 #headphones

Monoprice M1570 Headphones

Audeze LCD-2 Classic B-Stock

Other Monoprice headphones to consider:

Monoprice M570 Headphones
Monoprice M1060 Headphones 
Monoprice M1060C Headphones (Closed-Back)
Monoprice Monolith M1070 Headphones

Other Headphones in this video:

Audeze LCD-2 Classic
Beyerdynamic DT-1990 Pro
Fostex TR-X00
Focal Elex

Monoprice M1570 – Monoprice New FLAGSHIP Headphones

 

This is the Monoprice M1570, Monoprice’s new flagship audiophile headphones. Monoprice recently released the new Monoprice M1070, which is a successor to the Monoprice M1060 as well as their new flagship headphones the Monoprice M1570.

Buy the Monoprice M1570 Headphones

Here are the specs for the Monoprice M1570 Over Ear Open Back Balanced Planar Headphones:

Style Open Back
Transducer Type Planar Magnetic
Magnetic Structure Linear Symmetry Magnets
Magnet Type Symmetric Push-Pull Neodymium
Driver Size 106mm
Maximum Power Handling 5W (for 200ms)
Maximum SPL >130dB
Frequency Response 5Hz ~ 50kHz
Total Harmonic Distortion Less than 0.1% @ 100dB
Impedance 60 ohms
Efficiency 96dB / 1mW
Optimal Power Requirement 200mW – 4W
Weight 23.6 oz. (670g)   *These are HEAVY!