BobKinSTL
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Feb 27, 2010

TRS - XLR Cable w/ T1 - A Quick Word

I thought this was worth sharing. After six months of using the T1 with an L1 Compact, quite happily I might add, I finally got around to using a TSR - XLR cable from my Martin D-28 w/ Fishman Natural II undersaddle pickup to my T1 Channel 2 input. WOW. I have NO idea why I never tried this before, probably because I was happy with my sound. Clarity, input gain, tone....it's not subtle, it's like taking a blanket off the L1. I even had to adjust my Ch 2 trim down slightly cause I felt the yellow was a bit too constant. I am also using a tsr cable between the T1 and L1 Compact. Such a difference I thought I would throw it out there. Thanks.
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Re: TRS - XLR Cable w/ T1 - A Quick Word

Hi Bob,

Thanks for sharing that.

It's good to know that it makes a noticeable difference.

The XLR inputs on T1® Channels 1,2,3 have higher input sensitivity than the ¼ inch jack inputs and that would explain why you had to turn down the T1® input trim with the XLR connection.
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Re: TRS - XLR Cable w/ T1 - A Quick Word

Does anyone know WHY this would improve the sound?
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Re: TRS - XLR Cable w/ T1 - A Quick Word

Dunno why - but I did my own A/B test last night. Verified.
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Re: TRS - XLR Cable w/ T1 - A Quick Word

Hi Wayne,


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Originally posted by captbanjo:
Does anyone know WHY this would improve the sound?


A balanced connection will give you 6dB gain over an unbalanced connection.

It will be louder unless you compensate by turning down the output at the source or the input at the destination.

If you just turn down the input at the destination, you will also have a better signal to noise ratio.

It's not surprising that it sounds better.

Reference: Unity Gain and Impedance Matching: Strange Bedfellows