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Musical Fidelity launches balanced headphone system

Musical Fidelity is bringing balanced connections, normally reserved for high-end AV products, to a more affordable headphone system.

The company cites the benefits of balanced connections as reduced noise and interference, and the ability to run the system as a dual mono design that doubles the power and halves the impedance.

Balanced cables also have a locking mechanism, making for a more secure connection than the standard line level connection.

Sonically, Musical Fidelity says the balanced system will deliver a smooth, fast and natural sound.

The MF200B headphones are based on the recently-launched MF200 headphones, sporting the same 40mm drivers and materials, but with the balanced connection and a cable running to both ears.

The V90-BHA headphone amplifier measures a compact 47x117x70mm (HWD) and offers balanced XLR and single-ended RCA inputs, plus balanced mini XLR and 3.5mm headphone outputs.

The amp is designed to run as a dual mono amplifier in balanced mode, and claims to offer high input impedance and low output impedance to enable it to drive a wide-range of headphones.

Available in May, the two components will be available separately at £250 each or as a pair for £450.

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Joe Cox

Joe is Content Director for Specialist Tech at Future and was previously the Global Editor-in-Chief of What Hi-Fi?. He has worked on What Hi-Fi? across print and online for more than 15 years, writing news, reviews and features. He has covered product launch events across the world, from Apple to Technics, Sony and Samsung, reported from CES, the Bristol Show and Munich High End for many years, and provided comment for sites such as the BBC and the Guardian. In his spare time he enjoys mixing vinyl and cycling.