Thursday, March 14, 2013
Balanced and Unbalanced Cables Defined
Balanced electrical signals travel along 3 wires: a positive, a negative, and a ground. The positive and negative carry the same signal, just in opposite polarity to one another. Noises that may be picked up in the cable will usually be common to each leg. As long as the destination is balanced, the receiving device will flip the signal, bringing them back into polarity. This eliminates the noise by causing it to be out of phase. This is commonly referred to as Common Mode Rejection and is the primary reason balanced cables are best for long cable runs. TRS and XLR cables are made to send balanced audio from one balanced device to another balanced device.
Unbalanced cables are much simpler than balanced. However, they can easily fall victim to noise issues. Unbalanced lines should be used in shorter lengths, ideally 25 foot and under. This will go a long way in reducing any noise that could be carried with the signal into your gear. Instruments, like guitars. and their users vow they can tell a difference in the tone the longer the cable gets.
There are six primary cable connector types in the world of Pro Audio. XLR and TRS for balanced connections; Speakon, TS, RCA, and Banana Plugs for unbalanced connections. Here is a brief overview of each:
An XLR connector has positive, negative, and ground connections. They are primarily used for balanced line-level signals and for microphone signals. These are commonly used for connecting mics to mixers and for hooking up various outputs to powered speakers.
TRS is also referred to as Tip, Ring, Sleeve. It has the same appearance as your standard 1/4″ and 1/8″ plugs. The difference is that it has an extra ring on the plug. TRS cables are two conductor plus a ground. Commonly used to connect balanced equipment and for running left and right mono signals to stereo headphones. These will also be located on Y cables for use in mixer insert jacks when the signal is sent out in one wire and comes back thru another wire.
Speakon connectors are used to carry amplified signals. They are most commonly used to connect power amplifiers to PA speakers, Monitors, and Subwoofers in studio or on stage. They have a unique locking feature that tend to make them a more attractive option than the 1/4″ TS connection. It should be noted that is recommended to never use an instrument cable to connect an amplifier to a speaker.
TS is also referred to as Tip, Sleeve. It is the universal name for specific type of 1/8″ or 1/4″ connector meant for a two conductor unbalanced operation. Only one insulator ring separates the tip and the sleeve. The tip carries the signal and the sleeve is where the ground is connected. These cables are best used as guitar or line level instrument cables.
Banana plugs are an electrical conductor made to connect audio wires (speaker wires) to the binding posts on the back of power amplifiers, speakers, or simply to a banana jack. These banana jacks are most often found at the end of a binding post receptacle on power amplifiers and some speakers.
RCA is the term most commonly used when referring to phono connectors used to connect consumer stereo gear. You will usually see CD outputs or inputs using these RCA connections. RCA connectors are also used in the digital audio world for connections such as S/PDIF, but are still a staple in the pro audio world.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
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Friday, July 08, 2011
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Thursday, June 16, 2011
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Monday, April 19, 2010
In part 1 of the Microphone series, we discussed the basic kinds of microphones and some of their practical uses. If you haven’t had a chance to check out part 1 yet, you can do that by going to Microphones – Part 1 – Different Types of Microphones. In this post, we will help you choose what type of microphone would be best suited for your application.
Choosing a Microphone
Remember that when you are buying microphones, you will also have to buy microphone cables. Don’t forget to factor that in with the price of your microphones. Microphone cables come at a wide range of price points as well. Some companies claim that their microphone cables are vastly superior and charge premium prices for their cables. Whether or not microphone cables can really make an audible difference in sound quality is debatable. If you plan on using a condenser microphone, you will also need to make sure your mixer can supply phantom power or if you will need to buy an individual microphone preamp. Remember that since phantom power is supplied through XLR cables. You will not be able to use anything other than a XLR male to a XLR female microphone cable if your microphone needs phantom power. Be sure to check out the full line of cables at www.SeismicAudioSpeakers.com.
Hopefully, you have gathered enough information and we have given you enough information to help you pick out the best microphone to use for your application. Be sure to check out the first part of the series if you haven’t yet! If this information was helpful, please subscribe to the Seismic Audio Blog feed to get the latest information.
Monday, April 19, 2010
We will be doing a 2 part post about Microphones. This post will discuss the different types of microphones and the usage of each type of microphone. In the next post we will go over some information on choosing the correct microphone for your application.
There are several types of microphones. Some of them excel in specific applications and some microphones are considered to be “workhorse” microphones, meaning that they can be used on just about any source and get the job done while sounding fantastic. Before we go into that, let’s first cover the types of microphones.
There are your basic types of microphones and we will give you some information to help you pick out the best microphone to use for your application. Be sure to check out the second part! If this information was helpful, please subscribe to the Seismic Audio Blog feed to get the latest information.