Maximum low-level line length? - diyAudio
Go Back   Home > Forums > General Interest > Everything Else
Home Forums Rules Articles diyAudio Store Gallery Wiki Blogs Register Donations FAQ Calendar Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Everything Else Anything related to audio / video / electronics etc) BUT remember- we have many new forums where your thread may now fit! .... Parts, Equipment & Tools, Construction Tips, Software Tools......

Please consider donating to help us continue to serve you.

Ads on/off / Custom Title / More PMs / More album space / Advanced printing & mass image saving
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 11th February 2008, 06:06 AM   #1
diyAudio Member
Join Date: Dec 2005
Question Maximum low-level line length?

Hi. I have an EMU 1820m box connected to my 'audio PC' and I would need to run 12-16 foot cables from that box to my power amplifiers. Even using excellent quality low-level carrying cable, would a deterioration of the sound be noticeable?

My other option is to move the power amplifiers much closer to where I have the PC and all other input device control.

Any thoughts on this?

I'm assuming that long speaker cables (of proper AWG too) are not a problem (I've done that before). But, I worry about long low-level cables losing their more delicate signal.

  Reply With Quote
Old 11th February 2008, 11:53 PM   #2
TheMG is offline TheMG  Canada
diyAudio Member
Join Date: Jan 2008
Generally not a problem with decent well-shielded cables.

The most common issue is a ground loop that can occur if there's a potential difference on the grounds of the source device and amplifier, this occurs especially when they are connected on different circuits. That's were balanced lines come in, balanced lines are not as sensitive to ground loops.

However for 12-16 feet in a home situation I don't think you'll run into any issues.
  Reply With Quote
Old 12th February 2008, 03:07 AM   #3
diyAudio Member
Join Date: Dec 2005
That is great news. I will have balanced TRS or XLR interconnects at my disposal and definitely will use good monster cable shielded cabling. The chain would be from the 1820m box to a DCX2496 and then to the amplifiers. I hope it will sound extremely good.

  Reply With Quote


Hide this!Advertise here!
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Convert Line Level to Electric Guitar Level miallen Instruments and Amps 4 16th May 2010 01:22 PM
speaker level input vs line level question crippledchicken Subwoofers 4 17th July 2007 03:36 AM
lesser of two evils, high level -> line level, digital volume control mazurek Solid State 3 19th November 2006 12:25 AM
how to bring down line level signal to preamplifier level deji Solid State 15 15th April 2004 04:13 PM
Line Level, Balanced Voltage Level... dkemppai Solid State 3 10th December 2002 11:04 PM

New To Site? Need Help?

All times are GMT. The time now is 06:46 AM.

vBulletin Optimisation provided by vB Optimise (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2017 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
Copyright 1999-2017 diyAudio

Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.3.2