Did you ever had an unusual conversation with a family member or a friend with a topic that came out of nowhere? Well, I frequently had that with my brother. He is more like a lawyer wannabe because he never want to lose a debate even though he knows he is wrong. The funny thing here is that my brother and I along with the rest of my family had a chance to do a videoke together when this topic suddenly came out of nowhere. My brother argued with me about the cable used for mic. Seriously, i never pay attention to it haha. He told me stuff about these connectors and why are they designed that way. His explanation does make sense to me though. We’re talking about the XLR connectors (i learned the term after searching it online). I even came across a very interesting article about these so-called XLR connectors and why they are mainly used for Microphones. I never really pay attention to it actually and why should I but like my brother I don’t want to lose our debate either haha (evil laugh). Anyway let me show you what XLR connectors look like.
Our debate is whether the microphones will work in with other jacks than the XLR connector or not. I confidently say yes because I have seen mics that worked well with USB cable and mics can also be powered by batteries right? Melvin on the other hand says NO. Like any of our debates, he won simply because I often concede. I did my research though and found out that he is somehow correct. XLR connector is a perfect example of a balanced cable which technically provides a balanced path. This allows better signal quality and they are susceptible to interference which is very ideal for Mics. It is nice to note that microphones compare to typical audio instruments like guitars and amplifiers tend to have much longer cables, thus they tend to be more affected by noises and interference. These balanced cables provide the so-called Phantom power that a microphone requires, it features stability and reduces interference. Well i guess my brother is right after all. Sigh.