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Helix AES/Link vs Left and Right XLR?


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Hi everyone,

      I have a Line 6 Helix floor going to a Powercab plus via the AES link cable which is nothing more than an XLR. I originally thought I needed 3 XLR cables Left, Right and Link. So I plugged all three into my Powercab. Then for the heck of it I unplugged the left and right XLR cables and was surprised to still be hearing sound. Is there any disadvantage of running just the XLR Link to the powercab 112 Plus without the other two cables? 

 

Thanks!

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2 hours ago, joedreamliner787 said:

Hi everyone,

      I have a Line 6 Helix floor going to a Powercab plus via the AES link cable which is nothing more than an XLR. I originally thought I needed 3 XLR cables Left, Right and Link. So I plugged all three into my Powercab. Then for the heck of it I unplugged the left and right XLR cables and was surprised to still be hearing sound. Is there any disadvantage of running just the XLR Link to the powercab 112 Plus without the other two cables? 

 

Thanks!

 

AES is digital, doesnt need any left/right cables, just the one from Link OUT to Link IN. The other two cables (Analog out) are doing nothing as soon as Helix is sending OUT to AES/EBU.

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