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balanced connections length

Discussion in 'Recording' started by digdug, Apr 20, 2004.

  1. digdug

    digdug Guest

    keeping my connections short in length?
    At what length should i worry about using balanced connections?

    My setup will be as follows soon:

    Mics / Synths / Audio Sources >--> Mixer >-- (unbalanced outs to balanced ins) --> Aardvark LX6 >-- (balanced outs to balanced ins) --> Event TR8XLs

    (if I purchase a UB1204 mixer with balanced xlr outs I could use balanced xlr to 1/4" trs cables but they would only be traveling less than 5 feet...

    Should I even worry about it?
  2. svart

    svart Active Member

    Jan 30, 2004
    I'd say no. I run 24 channels of 10ft inserts to the patchbay with no real addition in noise floor, maybe 1db of course i keep all other sources of noise like halogen lamps and such away from the cables too.

    I'm sure some will agree and some will disagree but it's up to you. try both and see if you can tell a difference.

  3. dymaxian

    dymaxian Guest

    I'm in the same situation. I plan on getting all-balanced connections eventually, but at this point theres a lot of other things I can do which will make a bigger difference. The balanced cables are down the pecking order quite a ways.

    "to hell with the CD sales- download the MP3s and come to the shows!"
  4. the cost of rebuying

    Just remember that if you go unbalanced now, and balanced later, the real cost of the interconnects is $unbalanced + $balanced, not just $balanced.

    Buy smart, buy once. It adds up.
  5. Kurt Foster

    Kurt Foster Distinguished Member

    Jul 2, 2002
    77 Sunset Lane.
    The only real issue is that some balance gear like the Speck MP5.0 do not perform well into unbalanced loads. As long as you pay attention to this and are sure to use balanced connections for those pieces, you shouldn't have any problem. You will also get around 3dB more out of a balanced connection vs. an unbalanced one. In some situations this may be percived as nearly twice as loud! Last, a general "rule of thumb" is to use balance connections for any run over 10 feet...

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