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

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.

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