Qusp, I understand the above post and I agree with what it states. Let me rephrase it using the above wording to see if it makes sense. The Crystal Piccolino cable is "a balanced line or balanced signal pair [that] is a transmission line consisting of two conductors of the same type, each of which have equal impedances along their lengths and equal impedances to ground and to other circuits." The Piccolino has two equal conductors that is why they can carry the +/- signal in a balance configuration without channel imbalance. The outside conductor in the Piccolino is not designed to be used as ground even though they could. This is different from unbalance lines or coaxial cable because their second conductor is either connected to ground or is not equal in impedance to the other conductor hence the term unbalance lines. My understanding is that the Piccolino has two equal conductors therefore meeting the requirement of a balance line.
are you sure you are talking about piccolino? have you actually ever stripped and seen the inside? they are not 2 equal conductors, the center conductor is something less than 30awg stranded electrum (silver/gold alloy) and i would hazard a guess that the outside, which is very much a shield or ground connection, is more like 22-20awg and pure silver, thats a pretty extreme difference.
see i actually think you know what should be a balanced line, but are under the impression that the inside of piccolino is totally different to what it actually is. there is a single center conductor, not 2 and it is surrounded by a shield, which like any coaxial cable, if connected at both ends can be used ,for whatever you like, mostly ground, but not ideal for an equal and opposite phase because its a completely different size and balanced lines should be twisted too, thats the lesser thing here though, its the totally different impedance seen by both the sending and receiving end of the cable
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anyway i'm done, i dont want to argue any further and this has gone on far too long, ive repeated myself too many times and it was off topic the first time, i dont think i would have had to though had you known what the structure was actually like
Edited by qusp - 9/15/11 at 2:53pm