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Tim McCulloch

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Re: For those using active speakers
« Reply #50 on: January 19, 2014, 11:31:47 pm »

It was my understanding that running a/c along with the snake was not permissible. Can anyone confirm this?

We routinely (as in "every time") run 8/5 (120/208v, 30 amps) right next to, on top of, or beneath a 54 pair mic snake and 12 ch drive snake.  It's 250 feet, and in one venue about 60' of that run is on top of the 3 phase 4/0 lighting feeder and 3 phase #2 audio feeder.

No hum, no buzz.

I've run FOH power with the input snake for 30 years.  It's not the issue it was 40 years ago... ;)
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« Reply #51 on: January 20, 2014, 04:06:06 am »

It was my understanding that running a/c along with the snake was not permissible. Can anyone confirm this?

There is a lot of empirical evidence that this is a non-issue, but I can't help but wonder if the quality of the shield on the snake and the individual pairs is a factor.  Theoretically any noise picked up in the balanced run will be cancelled out when the polarity of one of the two signal cables is flipped and added.  Again, with good quality equipment probably not an issue, but on the margins.... I don't know.
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Re: For those using active speakers
« Reply #52 on: January 21, 2014, 05:32:17 pm »

There is a lot of empirical evidence that this is a non-issue, but I can't help but wonder if the quality of the shield on the snake and the individual pairs is a factor. 
If you are running balanced interfaces up your input snake and down your drive snake, it is absolutely a non-issue.
1. This is why the cable is made from a twisted pair.
2. This is what balanced interfaces are for, canceling out common mode noise.

The balanced input interface cancels out any interference that your cable is picking up from the power cables.

Also, note that the conductors in your power cables are twisted. This greatly reduces the radiated field from your SO type power cables.
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Lyle Williams

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Re: For those using active speakers
« Reply #53 on: January 21, 2014, 08:16:34 pm »

If I was building a studio I'd run power and signal separately.  Live audio, no problem.
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Re: For those using active speakers
« Reply #54 on: January 22, 2014, 12:08:55 pm »

If I was building a studio I'd run power and signal separately.  Live audio, no problem.

Yeah but we're not building studios in these forums...
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Re: For those using active speakers
« Reply #55 on: January 22, 2014, 05:16:23 pm »

Yeah but we're not building studios in these forums...

100% my point. :-)  In an empty room with amps cranked to 11 standing right in front of the speakers can I hear a slight buzz?  Yes, but when the show is on that buzz will be buried under 60dB+ of music.
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