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Balanced vs Unbalanced Cables

Applies to: All units

All Focusrite quarter inch outputs are Balanced outputs. Not to be mistaken for a Stereo signal, Balanced cables also have dual rings on the end of the connector and can be referred to as TRS cables. Balanced cables provide a cleaner signal as the cable is designed to reject interference noise. This is made possible by the addition of an extra conductor (more information can be found here). 

 

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Unbalanced cables (mostly used as instrument cables) have a singular ring on the end of the connecter and can be referred to as TS cables. Unlike Balanced cables, there is only one conductor carrying the signal so interference is not rejected. The 'ground' wire is also not separated inside Unbalanced cables instead it is wrapped around the signal wires as a shield. 

 

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