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How Ferrites Are Used in Audio Cables

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How Ferrites Are Used in Audio Cables

Ferrites are commonly used in digital audio cables to reduce EMI (Electromagnetic Interference). These are often caused by electrical noise produced from switching power supplies. It comes in all sorts of waveshapes and frequencies, and can wreak havoc if a cable is connected between 2 devices.


Ferrite cores are used on signal lines and power cables to reduce EMI by attenuating high-frequency interference that is injected into the line or wire. They are used for both common mode and differential mode interference.


They can also be used to filter low-frequency signals such as RF from audio or video cables. The type of ferrite used and the location of the ferrite core are important to determine how effective they will be at suppressing electromagnetic interference.


Generally, you want to use one ferrite core per signal conductor, and it should be placed at each end of the cable. A good example is a RCA stereo audio cable, which should have one ferrite core per RCA connector.


There are a variety of different sizes and compositions of ferrite cores available, so it is crucial to choose the right one for your needs. This will help reduce EMI and attenuate any noise or buzzing in the music.


A ferrite core has a high impedance at low frequencies so it acts as an inductor. At higher frequencies, it becomes resistive due to the fact that it absorbs a large magnetic field. This causes current to flow through the ferrite, but the core's resistance remains relatively unchanged. The ferrite dissipates this energy as heat or reflected back up the cable.


The impedance of a ferrite core can be calculated by measuring the amount of electrical current flowing through it, which is proportional to the frequency at which it is operating. The resulting impedance is then divided by the number of conductors.


These types of ferrite cores are useful to minimize the effect of EMI on a digital audio signal, but they are only effective at lower frequencies, typically 100kHz or less. This is because a lot of the digital audio signals we experience are at these low frequency levels.


Ferrite cores are also useful to improve the performance of speaker cables. They can add inductance to the wire and therefore reduce slew induced distortion and prevent oscillations.


In addition, a well designed and properly made ferrite core can significantly improve the sound quality of a speaker cable by reducing the frequency response and damping the signal. It can also reduce ringing and hiss that can occur when the cable is overloaded or shorted by a device.


The most common ferrite cores are clamp-ons that are mounted on both ends of a cable. They are a common way to suppress EMI and can be useful for some applications, but they can sometimes add too much inductance or cause problems with the amplifier.

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