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Don’t most quality xlr cables use star quad? How do you even properly wire balanced audio with 2 conductors? Are they running one of the pins on the shield? O_o
Of course you can. With 3 pin, you get balanced MONO. These are sold in pairs, one for each channel. Go figure.
A normal xlr connector has 3 pins, they are using 2 conductor wire, so what is the third pin connected to...
Oops, sorry. Took me a little while to understand your question.
They only state that there's 2 conductors because there really is just 2 conductors (1 hot 1 cold). The 1st pin is actually soldered to the shielding (which is a weave of tiny wires around the 2 conductors), so it doesn't count as a conductor (as it's not doing anything).