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Re: [ARSCLIST] Absolute Polarity
At 02:46 PM 2008-10-19, Tom Fine wrote:
This is what I alway thought too! I'm surprised there was ever any
"controversy" about this. I was always taught -- pay attention to
polarity and maintain it from mic to speaker. Since this wisdom came
from guys like my father and Bob Eberenz, this would have dated from
at least the 1940's. When did a mentality of "pay not attention to
polarity" come about, or is this is a ginned up "controvery"? I
can't understand why one WOULDN'T pay attention to this, especially
given the mixed balanced/unbalanced setups of today. Was this some
sort of late 60's/early 70's pin3/pin2 outgrowth?
I'm not sure when Lipschitz's work was codified for magnetic polarity
on the tape, but the problem arose in tape recorders far more than
anywhere else. I recall seeing, at one time, the instruction to
attach the head cables to the repro head in the polarity that
provided the lower noise. I thought it was in the ReVox A77 manual,
but I cannot find that now, so I don't know where I read it.
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