Published On: October 9, 2013

Balanced Connection (XLR)

Published On: October 9, 2013

Balanced Connection (XLR)

Balanced connections are very popular in the pro audio world, but the debate lives on in the audiophile world whether or not balanced connections are worth the trouble in the home system

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Overview
Balanced or XLR connections are the preferred way to make an audio connection in a recording studio.  In audiophile circles, there is debate over the audio advantages of balanced vs. unbalanced (RCA) connections.  XLR connections are preferred in the studio environment because of their ability to make a quiet, reliable connection, even over long cables.  XLR connectors are almost always found on pro audio equipment, specifically microphones.

Balanced Home Theater Systems

Most home theater systems use unbalanced (RCA) audio connections.  The main reason for this is physical real estate on the back of an AV receiver or AV preamp.  In today’s systems, there isn’t that much room for all of the inputs and 7.1 audio outputs, even on receivers.

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