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Balanced Lines in Audio Systems: Fact, Fiction, and Transformers

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The theoretical benefits of balanced audio interconnection schemes are discussed as well as fundamental but widely unrecognized mechanisms that limit real-world performance. The venerable audio transformer enjoys several inherent advantages over the so-called active circuits offered to replace it in audio equipment. Today, as improved digital recording systems demand increased system dynamic range, these advantages are becoming ever more important.

JAES Volume 43 Issue 6 pp. 454-464; June 1995
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