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stevie smirnoff

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Question; if I'm bi-wiring my Cambridge 851w amp do I have the amp set to balanced or unbalanced? Can someone explain the difference to me please. Thanks

Joe Fernand

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Balanced is a wiring scheme normally used to reduce interference when you have long cables running between devices - it is mostly used in Live Event and Pro studio gear which utilise XLR connectors.

It is not relevant in terms of Bi-wiring your Loudspeakers - it is only relevant between you Processor and your Power Amp.

With you Stereo Power Amp you can use Balanced XLR Inputs from a suitably equipped Pre Amp/Processor and Balanced XLR Outputs to a second Power Amp (again only if it has Balanced XLR Inputs).

Bi-wiring has marginal (if any) effect on your Loudspeakers - Bi-amping (using Balanced or Un-balanced Interconnects) is very worthwhile if you have a second power Amp.


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