What does "XLR" mean again??

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What does "XLR" mean again??

Postby roachie » Fri Mar 16, 2007 2:03 pm

What does.. nevermind, just read the subject.
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Postby Jef » Fri Mar 16, 2007 2:27 pm

I'm just guessing here but I think it refers to the conductors in the XLR cable. X - being the ground shield and L & R being the (left) & (right) conductors. Used for sending a stereo signal through a single cable.
When systems became 'balanced' and the 3 conductors were used to create a common mode rejection by inverting the phase and then back again at the other end, the XLR name stuck with the cable.
(does that sound believable?)
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Postby oddioguy » Fri Mar 16, 2007 2:31 pm

A company called Cannon had an 'X series' range of circular 3-pin connectors.
They made a new version with a locking latch on it called the "XL series".
This is the connector design now commonly used in Professonal Audio.

Much later, cannon decided to mount the contacts on the female ends out of a tough rubber material. They named this new connector "The XLR series".

No-one else makes a rubber mounted XL female, yet the whole world (it seems) uses the term XLR when they actually are referring to XL...

This is a "copy & paste" job....sounds like it has a ring of truth, though.
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Postby Jef » Fri Mar 16, 2007 2:43 pm

Oh... I didn't know we were looking for the 'correct' answer, just something that sounds right :mrgreen:
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Postby oddioguy » Fri Mar 16, 2007 2:56 pm

Jef wrote:Oh... I didn't know we were looking for the 'correct' answer, just something that sounds right :mrgreen:

This whole industry is based on stuff that "sounds right". So why not... 8-)
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Postby Alain Benoit » Fri Mar 16, 2007 3:28 pm

That's the only story that there is and it is often cited as the real story in textbooks.

There is a link to the Rane University on my website which is a great source for all this type of information.
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Postby oddioguy » Fri Mar 16, 2007 3:43 pm

U1176 wrote:That's the only story that there is and it is often cited as the real story in textbooks.

There is a link to the Rane University on my website which is a great source for all this type of information.

That reminds me....gotta go post in interesting links ;-)
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Postby Malcolm Boyce » Sat Dec 13, 2008 11:32 pm

Just found this, and it's pretty in depth:

http://www.soundfirst.com/xlr.html
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Postby Mathieu Benoit » Mon Dec 15, 2008 12:52 pm

It's neat to see the blown apart diagrams.
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