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Re: OT: Unbalanced connections sound much better than balanced, any idea why?

Thanks for the suggestions. I would like to get the balanced connections sounding good. Any opinions on these Hosa cables?

On Mon, Apr 14, 2014 at 6:20 PM, Tim Mungenast <tmungenast@verizon.net> wrote:
+1.Cables can make a big difference. The difference between crappy cables and decent cables is much more discernable than the difference between decent cables and audiophile-level cables, IMO, but yes, I would try David's suggestion, for sure. Just don't go apesh*t and go right from ElCrappo to the $10-per-foot stuff. Plenty of good stuff available in that middle ground.

Tim Mungenast
On Monday, April 14, 2014 8:58 PM, David Messenger <mssngr1@pacifier.com> wrote:
There are always differences in the way cables sound, no matter what anti-audiophile biased folks tend to say. I'd try a little better cable than the monoprice cables just to see if there is a difference.....

I use monoprice in my PC stuff, but I'd try something a little better for audio, balanced or unbalanced.


On 4/14/2014 4:30 PM, Art Simon wrote:
This a weird, off topic question, but I've got a Focusrite 2i4 audio interface that I initially connected to my M-Audio CX8 powered monitors with 1/4" TRS balanced cables using the balanced connections on the Focusrite and the speakers. The sound was disappointing, lacking both top end and bottom end.

It didn't occur to me to try the the unbalanced connections on the Focusrite and the speakers until just the other day, and the difference is startling. Much punchier and deep bass, crisper highs. There is a little bit of digital hash from computer interference, but I'll live with it for now because the sound is so much better.

Any theories on the difference? I've got cheap monoprice 1/4" TRS cables, but I'd be surprised if that's the difference.

Art Simon

Art Simon