Long Runs of Unbalanced Interconnects

Ron Resnick

Site Co-Owner, Administrator
Jan 25, 2015
Beverly Hills, CA
I think very long runs (> 50 feet) of unbalanced interconnects are not favored.

I personally would have no problem with a 17 foot single-ended interconnect run. If the length of my interconnect run were 17 feet rather than about 55 feet I personally would not use balanced interconnect.
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Feb 4, 2019
I will let you know in a couple weeks. My tape deck is moving and will have 42 foot single ended interconnects.
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Feb 4, 2014
I run 33 foot unbalanced to main amps without problems.


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Dec 12, 2013
My experience is beyond 6 feet simple 2 cond se is at its max. Beyond this you loose sound and and pick up nose why is simple. now if you use let’s say a Mogami bal cable fitted to se you can of the the Shield is used correctly yes it’s good.


Industry Expert
Mar 4, 2014
the Upper Midwest
Yes the shield can act like an antenna but isn't it somewhat a function of the context, the EMI/RFI environment?

I do agree with Al that something like a Mogami Neglex 2534(?) fitted single-ended is good wrt noise. Whether you care for the sonics is up to you.

I run 7 meters RCA and have a matching length of the exact same cable XLR. I don't hear a difference or a problem.


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Apr 26, 2017
I think before going out and talking about sound quality etc. the first thing that should be checked is if the cable is able to send the signal between 20hz to 20khz without loss. This would be the minimum requirement.

This depends on the output impedance of the source you are connecting the cable into, the capacitance and the length of your cable. If you know all three, you can actually calculate the -3db point. I think this often overlooked part should actually be the first thing to check and should be a minimum requirement. There are even online calculators to help you do the maths. for ex. http://www.sengpielaudio.com/calculator-cable.htm

If anyone specifies a length and says it is ok or not, that would actually just tell you their personal experience and has no application whatsoever to anyone if the setup is not exactly the same.

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