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Ground Loop

Discussion in 'Audio Terms' started by audiokid, Jun 8, 2010.

  1. audiokid

    audiokid Chris Staff Resource Member

    Mar 20, 2000
    Prince George, BC
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    A condition where current circulates in the ground wiring system, due either to the grounds at the end of a length of cable being at different AC potential, or where a video or audio system has multiple paths to ground. Manifests itself usually by varying levels of hum (in audio systems) or as rolling bars in the picture of a video system. One way to deal with it is to use ground lift switches, but generally it is better to find the offending piece of equipment and then checking it to find out why it is causing the ground hum.

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