The ZEN DAC sports 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.