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<Groan> cables again

Discussion in 'audio' started by CDphobe, Jan 12, 2021.

  1. Craig B

    Craig B Re:trophile

    Nice pun!

    With 3-pin XLR to 3-pin XLR and proper 2-core plus screen microphone cable, there exists a dedicated shield connected both ends, plus two independent same spec wire leads within for signal +ve and -ve.

    Those who recommend adding a separate screen on top are likely thinking of 1-core plus screen cable, which commons signal -ve with screen.

    I'd go with 2-core plus screen only, myself.

    Pin 1 is shield, 2 is signal +ve, and 3 is signal -ve:

    Last edited: Jan 13, 2021
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  2. Jim Audiomisc

    Jim Audiomisc pfm Member

    Yes 100 Ohm source and 47k load should be fine with pretty much any sensible interconnect. (I felt I had to put the qualifier "sensible" in their given some of the really weird cables I've seen on occasion! 8-])
  3. CDphobe

    CDphobe pfm Member

    @Craig B many thanks for the additional details. I was under the understanding (possibly incorrectly) that pin 1 was used for the signal earth, but a separate chassis earth was maintained by the connector shell, hence my question over a separate shield. Happy to ignore this if it's not valid or construction means that signal and chassis earth are effectively the same.

    Thanks, Al
  4. Craig B

    Craig B Re:trophile

    You're welcome, Al.

    The socket connection methods typically come down to whether a given component combines two channels on one 3-pin XLR socket, vs two XLR sockets, one for each channel.

    For example, I've an old Linn LK1 pre here that has two 3-pin XLR output sockets, however, they are both wired for stereo connection with pin 2 as Lch, 3 as Rch, and 1 as 0V. Linn's corresponding LK2/LK275/LK280 amplifiers have single 3-pin XLR sockets for each channel with pin 2 labelled NC on the Rch and pin 3 as NC on the Lch. Therefore, one either uses two standard wired (but for being female both ends) XLR to XLR cables between LK1 and LK2/etc (as supplied by Linn), or a custom 1 x XLR to 2 x XLR 'Y' cable (with pairs of the latter being used for passive bi-amplification with two LK amps). Either way, signal -ve is passed via the shield of the cable, ignoring a major benefit of using 3-pin XLR in the first place, i.e. the possibility of having a properly shielded balanced connection.

    WRT using the dedicated plug shell earth tag, I suspect that one runs a greater chance of creating a ground loop than one does of reducing susceptibility to additional noise pickup. Best to consult one's equipment manuals here.



    Last edited: Jan 14, 2021
  5. Martyn Miles

    Martyn Miles pfm Member

    Burn in ?
    Mine took just a few minutes in front of my wood-burning stove.
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