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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 'ground' wire is separated from the two signal wires. 

 

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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, the 'ground' wire is not separated inside Unbalanced cables instead it is wrapped around the signal wires as a shield. 

 

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