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unbalanced or balanced cables to hook up hardware gear to uad apollo ?
Old 3 weeks ago
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unbalanced or balanced cables to hook up hardware gear to uad apollo ?

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I read that balanced cables are better to get rid of potential noise but then the signal gets through more stuff and is more processed than in an unbalanced cable . Are balanced cables still better to use than unbalanced even if you use it for mono signal ( hookin up hardware gear to mono I/O ) ?
Old 3 weeks ago
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Your jacks might be labeled to tell you what to use on different pieces of gear.

If not, check the manuals.
Old 3 weeks ago
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Gear Nut
Yes - use balanced.
Old 3 weeks ago
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Balanced cables will be of no benefit if what you are connecting in does not have balanced outputs. The only "stuff" a balanced signal goes through is a differential amplifier or transformer. Neither should audibly annoy you if you need ask.
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I read that balanced cables are better to get rid of potential noise
Noise coming from outside the cable (not part of the signal).

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Originally Posted by EmilEchal View Post
but then the signal gets through more stuff and is more processed than in an unbalanced cable .
The signal is hotter and the processing is minimal (did you read this on an audiophile site?).
For long runs (cables) the benefits are bigger by far.

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Are balanced cables still better to use than unbalanced even if you use it for mono signal ( hookin up hardware gear to mono I/O ) ?
Balanced is always mono, for stereo you will need two balanced cables.
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