Two ways of connecting your headphones to your player, now only one! :) THE 4.4 PENTACONN CONNECTOR from Sony

The new 4.4 Pentaconn connector

Sony are always improving with there tech gadgets and that’s no doubt, but up until this came out ways of making connections was more complicated along with added workings.

For all the people who are new to the world of Sony, here is a quick breakdown on the Pentaconn 4.4mm.

The way plugging your headphones into your player works, is through a balanced or unbalanced jack.

Balanced usually works by minimising the kind of interference from signals that causes noise and distortion.

This article also explains the differences between balanced and unbalanced cables so keep reading.

But getting back to what I was saying, what Sony has done is, instead of a balanced adapter that needs separate plugs for the left and right channel, they have introduced the 4.4 Pentaconn TRRRS with 5 contacts (an all in one type of gadget).

This was to help simplify the way we connect headphones to our audio players.

The Sony industry came up with the 4.4mm balanced connection, and I don’t see any issue what’s so ever.

Now the reason I say this is because many people don’t like the idea and have many options that they prefer.

But to have a simple one plug connection that produces a full balanced audio is extremely good, because you can simply and get all the benefits of a balanced connection with a smaller simpler set up, who wouldn’t agree with that?

Sony is continuously improving and upgrading its products to offer quality and better services.

Although gradual, the technological level and performance of their products are top-notch.

Sony has now promoted the 4.4 mm Pentaconn connector as their wire standard.

The item has been dedicated to all Sony product consumers and more so to all the audio lovers.

If you haven’t been familiarized to the Sony products, now is the high time to get acquainted with this top-notch technology.

It’s all the adventures of experiencing a whole new world, seriously, and especially with the new 4.4 mm Pentaconn connector.

As of now, Sony is vigorously working to promote this new connector.

Let’s have a look at this excellent product and see why it is over hyped. But before that, it’s essential first to understand a few keywords.

The Difference Between Balanced and Unbalanced Cables

You’ve probably heard these two words thrown here and there without actually grasping what they mean. Well, the explanation to these terms is more technically inclined, and to that reason, most people find it hard to understand the actual meaning. I will try my best to be more convincing, transparent, and open-minded as possible in the explanation to these two terms (because they are quite complicated).

In a nutshell, the balanced and unbalanced cables are related by noise and interference. Balanced connection minimizes noise and any intervention that would cause distortion.

Unbalanced connection, on the other hand, doesn’t reduce noise but instead branches it off to the other cables.

At standard scale its hard to hear the difference of sound produced by the two cables although it is noticeable enough for one to make an informed decision. So what is the difference?

A balanced cable uses three conductors in making all of which have a different function. The three wires are the ground cable, the hot cable (positive signal) and the cold cable (negative sign). The advantage of the balanced cable is that, due to the grounding cable, the radio frequency does not directly interfere with the audio signal therefore maintaining a high-quality sound.

Examples of balanced cables include the XLR, and the Quarter inch TRS.

Unbalanced cables, on the other hand, have two wires: the signal cable and the ground cable.

The ground cable acts as the reference signal although it also serves as an antenna, hence collecting unwanted noise and interference on the way.

Just as the name suggests, the signal cable carries the audio signal from the point of origin to the where it is intended to go.

Its also worth noting that the noise, the humming sound, comes from either the power cable, the old non-LED stage lighting, or the dimmers. The noise is known to cause a humming effect to the sound. It is advisable to use short wires to reduce the impact of unbalanced cable and collection of more noise.

Here are some examples of unbalanced cables.

The RCA Cables– these are an analog cable that is usually available as red and white pairs. The stereo audio is sent to both the right and left cable. Since they are unbalanced cables, they aren’t available in long lengths.

The Quarter-Inch TS cables – the quarter inch tip and sleeve cables are generally for unbalanced signals. They are commonly used with electric guitars to amplifiers.

To sum up the whole topic of balanced and unbalanced cables, I recommend balanced wires, if you are to consider sound quality. They are less susceptible to noise and provide a more stable and reliable signal over long distances that are stable.

If using unbalanced cables, ensure to cross them perpendicularly over power cables.

The new 4.4 mm Pentaconn connector

To those of you who are in the know with Sony technology, you may argue whether the company needed to produce the 4.4 mm Pentaconn connector.

Well, let’s discuss its feature, advantages, and functions and later determine if it is worth using.

The new 4.4 mm Sony Pentaconn is a TRRRS with five contacts. It reasons that you use the five wire for microphone and have a headphone for portable use that is balanced with the receiver. Although 3.5 mm acts as a grounding connector, the 4.4 is a more brilliant connector as it is ¼ smaller.

It comes with balances concerns for even resistance values on all poles by optimized cross-section and length between the soldering points.

It also features OFC (oxygen-free coopers ) for optimized sound quality. Additionally, brass is used as the standard material for all metallic parts.

In general, the 4.4 Pentaconn has higher quality sound. It appears big and thick in size for the maximum surface area as well as high holding strength.

It is also more robust, has high power, and you will automatically love the separation between the right and the left cables.

The tabs in the 4.4 mm female jack are also large enough to help retain a good contact with the male plug.

How does the production of this product affect people?

Most people already possess the 2.5 or the 3.5 mm connectors. Although both connectors perform almost every function, there is no grounding connection with the 2.5 and the 3.5. The need to upgrade to 4.4 connectors may pose a much more significant challenge as it may require changing the whole stereo system. Consequently, for those who are not sure on whether to improve, they may have to undergo extra expenses for the purchase of adapters.

Most people tend to continue using the old technology as they are unsure of the future trouble associated with the new product.

Shifting and changing of technology requires time, effort and capital.


If you want to experience a high-quality sound that you’ve never heard before, then the 4.4 Pentaconn connector is the go-for item. It brings you ultimate performance in connection to revolutionized plug and jack for headphones. Also, you are guaranteed a full resolution, soundscape, and in depth sound.

Final thought

Sound quality should be the primary thing to consider while choosing connectors and cables.

For high-quality sound experience, you need a more balanced head connector.

In my opinion, the 4.4 connector is more reliable regarding sound quality. It stable and robust and has a more contact surface area.

If your interested in learning how to listen to music and guarantee yourself the perfect pair of the wireless headphones or whether your just simply wondering (like many of us do) what the best wireless headphones are, then please follow this link to my step by step guided articles on what to look for when searching for the wireless headphones.


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