A Balancing Act
Questions about balanced and unbalanced audio come up frequently and it is an important concept to understand when hooking up pro audio equipment. Before you start plugging things in, check if your devices use balanced or unbalanced audio so that you may purchase the correct cables only once. Analog audio cables consist of a shield and one or more conductors. Corresponding connectors must then have at least two points of contact. Cables that only have a contact point for the shield and one signal are unbalanced. An example of this would be a guitar cable, as it uses 1/4” TS… Read More »
The DB-25 Enigma
Many times, people look at the jacks on the back of a device to figure out what cables they will need. While this is not really the best way to figure things out, most of the time it will get results. If you see an RCA jack and ask for an “RCA cable”, you’ll probably find a suitable cable (though there are different types of cables that use the RCA connector). But if you don’t get a little more information, you’ll most likely run into trouble when you see a DB-25 jack on the back of your audio device. DB-25,… Read More »
Y or Y Not?
The Y cable earned its name from the way it looks. There is a single connector on one end with a cable that splits, either as a zip cable or with a small box that conceals the split, and finishes with two connectors at the other end. A stereo breakout meets this same visual description and yet does not perform the same way as the typical Y cable. Let’s take a look at the difference between the two. A Y cable is used when there is one signal that must go to two different places. For example, when you have… Read More »