What are "true" balanced connectors

Hello All,

I am considering buying an Odyssey Stratos amplifier. I noticed it is described as having XLR (bridged) inputs

My very limited knowledge of balanced circuits is telling me this is not a "true" balanced configuration...

Am I right on this?

Any help will be much appreciated

Well Bob, I wasn't looking for a "commercial"...

All I need to know is what an XLR bridged input means

XLR bridged : Same electrical properties as an RCA connector. The XLR connector is there for convenience only.

It will work, but you loose the fantastic noise cancellation possible by a true XLR cable.

This "bridge" is done by shorting the (-) and ground pins together.

By comparison, a true balanced situation is when the (+) and (-) and ground are separate, and the (-) carries the opposite of the (+) signal.

By reading both the (+) and (-) and summing them electronically you can cancel out noise picked up along the way.

This is not the same as having a truly balanced preamp or amplifier, that's a whole other story. :)

The Odyssey Stratos amp is not a true balanced amp.  The inputs are there strictly for convenience and if you look inside, you will see they are connected to the RCA jacks.
Balanced inputs are not defined by whether two channels of a stereo amplifier are bridged or not. The concept of balanced inputs is that the input is a differential receiver, where the signals on each wire are equal and opposite polarity. Thr differential receiver subtracts these two signals to reproduce the original signal. The benefit over single ended signalling is noise rejection. If the cable is exposed to a source of electrical noise, that noise will be induced with the same polarity and amplitude on both signal bearing conductors, and since the differential receiver subtracts the signal on both conductors, it cancels out the noise, which is common on both sides of the differential pair. This is how the term “common mode noise rejection” was coined.