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Balanced And Unbalanced Connections
« on: January 18, 2019, 09:01:54 am »

Balanced And Unbalanced Connections
An in-depth look at the myths, half-truths and misconceptions about properly wiring your system.
By Mike Rivers • January 18, 2019

The significance of balanced and unbalanced connections between audio devices, as well as the meaning of the terms, is often misunderstood.

A balanced output can be designed, constructed, and connected in many ways, and there are several ways in which balanced and unbalanced devices can be interconnected.

Balanced connections have a long history that dates back to the early days of telephony. The phone company runs thousands of miles of unshielded cable between sources and destinations, with very little hum or noise added to our conversations. Yet sometimes it seems we can’t manage to connect two devices in the same rack in our studio without something humming, even if we use hundred-dollar boutique cables. By understanding the right and wrong ways of interconnecting audio devices, you can clean up your studio or sound system...

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