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L/R Balance control box or in-line unit?

I'm surprised there seem to be very few headphone amps with a balance control. I find that even from the exact same source I like to tweak the balance slightly per song to precisely direct the center sound stage.

I've given up on finding a good, affordable headphone amp with a balance control knob and have decided to use an outboard control. A boxed product would be great but there seem to be more in-line controls such as the [incredibly too long, 5.2 meter] Sennheiser HZR62 which is hard to find ala carte but comes with their HD 65 TV headphones, one of the only things I can dig up buying only from US distributers. Anyone have any ideas? Thanks.

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FYI: I use the SYBA Sonic S21A Headphone Amp, which has L/R Balance as well as the all-important Bass/Mid/Treble Frequency Controls...and a Bass-Boost Button:
https://www.amazon.com/Syba-SD-DAC63.../dp/B00TYYMHQS

https://www.avsforum.com/forum/378-h...l#post55927602
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Interesting unit. Thanks.

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