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MC12 balanced/unbalanced

Discussion in 'AV Receivers & Amplifiers' started by John Watts, Aug 10, 2002.

  1. John Watts

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    Hi folks,when you buy a processor such as the Lexicon MC-12 what is the difference between balanced and unbalanced?

    Regards,John.
     
  2. avnut

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    The balance board provides a better quality connection to a power amp for the audio signal.
    The signal is stronger, cleaner and less susceptible to interference. Also it is usually 4-6db louder.

    Fully balanced processors and power amps are definately the way to go if you're considering the option.
    It does mean you have to get a different set of cables though, as standard phonos are of no use. Balanced signals are sent through cables with XLR connectors.
    (Whenever you see any professional music equipment you will not see it connected with phono leads, but with an XLR connector)

    Balance boards are generally only found in high-end american kit like the Lexicon, Krell (the new Showcase processor is worth a look), and Tag's new 192 (when it comes out) will be fully balanced. Japanese kit rarely has a balance board.
     
  3. gringottsdirect

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    14 balanced XLR outputs, preferable for long cable runs.
     
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    The best configuration would be long balanced ICs and short speaker cables, powers close to each speaker.

    If your powers are close to the AV, unbalanced is at least as good, some say better...
     

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