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Keywords: Broadcast, Video, Patching
There are three main types of audio jackfield, the most common of which is the B-Gauge(PO316 connectors) because its 3 pin design makes it ideal for patching balanced audio and its rounded head reduces stress, extending its life.
The Bantam plug is essentially a smaller version of the B-Gauge making it suitable for higher density patching, the reduced size however reduces the surface area of the conductors lowering the overall transparency of the connection.
The A-Gauge jack was specifically designed to transport unbalanced audio and its simplistic layout makes it the most cost effective of the three standard jackfields.
Unbalanced audio is fine for line-level signals in a typical broadcast studio, the audio signal is caried on a single wire and is relative to ground, however problems can start to occur if the signal is being carried over a long distance.
A balanced audio signal consists of a pair of wires carrying the audio signal in anti-phase with each other. The 3 wires used are often referred to as Ground, Hot and Cold.
Author: Daniel Saunders - Website and Catalogue Administrator at Argosy www.argosycable.com
Contributor: Josh Simons - Technical Director at Argosy www.argosycable.com
Editor: DanielSaunders - Website and Catalogue Administrator at Argosy www.argosycable.com
Date Added: 2013-05-14
Genre: Non-Fiction, Broadcast Engineering
Expected Reader Proficiency: Beginner