in general, length affects the noise behaviour (picking up RF noise)
more than anything else insofar as quality is concerned. (noise
reduces quality so, they are certainly related!).
unbalanced is good for 15 feet, 5m, or less.
balanced can run for ridiculous lengths without picking up RF noise.
hutch of Neve (nee Manley) prefers unbalanced in many areas such as
feeds to amps (ground not connected at the receiving end, i.e., input
to the amp) to avoid loops.
At 17:49 -0600 1/17/10, [log in to unmask] wrote:
>Which cable do you refer to? The one from the TT to the preamp?
>It should be as short as possible.
>Jan Myren wrote:
>>Here is a question I use to discuss with many of my friends:
>>What is the maximum length to an audio cable before there will be a loss in
>>This may for instance concern in situations where the sound card and the
>>hard disc is placed somewhat away from the turnable set-up, so that there is
>>a need for a long audio cable between the output from the phono pre-amp and
>>the input to the sound card.
>>Do you have any good ideas?