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Does anyone actually use their balance control?
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Old 30th September 2018, 10:16 PM   #1
Michael Bean is offline Michael Bean  United States
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Default Does anyone actually use their balance control?

I posted this question a few years back, but only received one reply.

I'm almost ready to finalize a preamp design, but I'm not sure I want to include a balance control for the simple reason that I've never actually used it for anything but troubleshooting. I don't have any recordings that seem "unbalanced", so I never feel compelled to ever use it. I believe it was useful in the past when channel balance was often a problem due to loose tolerance components. Does anyone here ever use the balance control, and if so why or when?

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Old 30th September 2018, 10:40 PM   #2
Chris Daly is offline Chris Daly  Australia
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No I do not use a balance control, particularly one involving passing audio signals through a potentiometer
IMO you are just adding further distance from hearing music, as it should be.

Rather if i need to ,which is very rare ( ie not touched in the last 5 years) I can adjust anode current with a 2k trim to favor left or right LDR
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Old 30th September 2018, 10:45 PM   #3
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Does anyone actually use their balance control?
I don't currently have one, but miss it and will have one back at some point.
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Old 30th September 2018, 10:48 PM   #4
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Does anyone here ever use the balance control
I haven't ever found it useful other than for troubleshooting, assuming a decent tracking volume control.
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Old 30th September 2018, 10:50 PM   #5
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What balance control?
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Old 30th September 2018, 10:52 PM   #6
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i recently built a prototype for a new preamp with balance control and i would not want to miss it anymore. i don't know if it's my hearing or the acccoustics of the room but i always had a feeling the sound was somewhat shifted to the right. now i can adjust it to be centered and i love it.
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Old 30th September 2018, 10:58 PM   #7
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I use the balance control on mixers just to test the PA setup.
Actually on one of a Vestax mixer it was bad and was removed.
Need to find a suitable replacement now.
At home I've never touched it except for troubleshooting.
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Old 30th September 2018, 11:06 PM   #8
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I don't currently have one, but miss it and will have one back at some point.
Not disagreeing with you at all...but why do you feel the need to have one again?

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Old 30th September 2018, 11:08 PM   #9
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I wouldn't be without one. I find the slightest imblance very irritating. I listen to a lot of older stuff and use headphones a lot.
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Old 30th September 2018, 11:41 PM   #10
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I wouldn't be without one. I find the slightest imblance very irritating. I listen to a lot of older stuff and use headphones a lot.
Yeah, I can see how an imbalance in a head set would be disturbing. I haven't used phones ever since I bought a house 30-some years ago, no neighbors that I can pi$$-off anymore.

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