Pseudo-Differential Cable

The vast majority of my amplifiers have differential inputs. I use this for three reasons:

  1. Differential signaling sounds better.
  2. Differential signaling provides better measured performance.
  3. Differential signaling moves the ground reference (and ground loops) out of the signal path, resulting in improved signal integrity.

In residential audio, single-ended signaling is dominant, likely due to the lower cost. This prompts a few questions from builders wanting to use my amplifiers with single-ended sources. The best solution is to use a differential line driver, such as my THAT Driver. Should a separate circuit not be desired, a pseudo-differential connection can be made using the interconnect cable illustrated below. These cables are easily made by replacing the female end of an XLR cable with an RCA connector. These cables are also available commercially.

Pseudo-Differential Cable