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phono to phone OR balanced ?

Discussion in 'Hi-Fi Stereo Systems & Separates' started by deaf cat, Mar 29, 2005.

  1. deaf cat

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    Hiya

    Sorry I have to ask, as I do not know the difference :lease: , I keep coming across the word balanced signals L & R and guess that balanced gear is more expensive, something to do with XLR cables :confused: and Disco equipment??

    Any simple explanations, pros and cons appreciated
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    Balanced cables use the XLR plugs that have 3 pins. At source the signal is inverted on 1 pin and then sent along with the origional signal on another. At the amp the inverted signal is reinverted (is that even a word, but couldn't think of anything better :confused: ) and the 2 signals compared. Any differences are then ignored ie interference picked up along the way. Therefore a balanced connection should give a cleaner signal, especially on long runs of cable. This is why balanced cables are used on stage and in a studio for microphones etc.

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    Ohhh
    All is Clear now
    Thanks very much for the explanation
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