Join Date: Dec 2000
Location: Cincinnati, OH USA
Re: what's the advantage of having Balanced inputs?
Or perhaps you can only used balanced ins & outs if the gear you are connecting weighs the same amount... So you would be safe using balanced cables to connect two similarly-sized pieces of rack gear; but if you use balanced cables to connect a microphone (small) to a 24-channel mixing console (big), the excess matter from the mixing console would travel through the balanced cable until equilibrium is reached... the point at which the microphone and the console become the same size. Many a singer has been accidentally popped in the mouth by rapidly-expanding microphones when their sound guy inadvertantly reached for the wrong cable. I've even heard a story about a guitar player plugging his Strat into a Bassman 4x10 with a balanced cable, and the subsequent transfer of amplifier matter back to the guitar caused the guitar to expand in weight so rapidly that it snapped the guitar player's neck. True story.
This unusual phenomenon of physics is prevented by using unbalanced cables, which have a unique atomic filter that only allows electrical waves to travel the length of the cable, ensuring that no mass transfer takes place.
Last edited by bduersch; 07-05-2006 at 09:42 PM.