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Balanced V Unbalanced Jacks

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Codydwagner, Jan 9, 2013.

  1. Codydwagner


    Jun 24, 2012
    Just a quick question, my preamp has unbalanced 1/4 jacks and my power amp has balanced xlr jacks. what is the best way to connect these? just a 1/4 to xlr cable? what is the difference between balanced and unbalanced?
  2. Foz


    Jul 26, 2008
    Jax FL USA
  3. dincz


    Sep 25, 2010
    Czech Republic
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  6. Codydwagner


    Jun 24, 2012
    thanks, that makes a lot of sense
  7. 1958Bassman


    Oct 20, 2007
    Best practice is to use a high-low impedance transformer that makes the transformation- the balanced signal is not only differently configured (pin 1=gnd, Pin2=Hot (normal signal) and Pin3 is cold (signal inverted). Pin 3 can be connected to shield but the level for High Z and Low Z are different.

    Yes, you can do it with a simple cable but if you don't like the results, get the transformer.
  8. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 20, 2009
    from a preamp into a power amp sitting underneath it?

    just use a regular guitar cable and get on with your day :rolleyes:

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