Chapter 1

The Basics

Signals

An audio signal can be transmitted either as a voltage or a current. The construction of the universe is such that almost always the voltage mode is more convenient; consider for a moment an output driving more than one input. Connecting a series of high-impedance inputs to a low-impedance output is simply a matter of connecting them in parallel, and if the ratio of the output and input impedances is high there will be negligible variations in level. To drive multiple inputs with a current output it is necessary to have a series of floating current-sensor circuits that can be connected in series. This can be done,[1] as pretty much anything in electronics can be done, but it requires a lot of hardware and probably ...

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