Why wasn’t a transformer isolated output provided in the CLEARLINK™ BUFFER/BALANCED LINE-DRIVER, for splitting or ground loop elimination applications?

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Why wasn’t a transformer isolated output provided in the CLEARLINK™ BUFFER/BALANCED LINE-DRIVER, for splitting or ground loop elimination applications?

A transformer isolated output was not included in the design for several very good reasons; (i) fact is, the noise immunity and signal integrity provided by a specially designed and shielded audio isolation transformer at the end of a long cable run is far more superior than that provided by a transformer at the beginning, worst-case is it’s just as good (ii) we know from previous buffer/splitter designs that not everyone makes use of a transformer isolated output; so instead of including a great, and very expensive transformer, and of course having to charge for it - we made it optional via our passive CLEARLINK™ CONVERTER/ ISO TRANSFORMER (iii) the primary design goal of the CLEARLINK™ BUFFER/BALANCED LINE-DRIVER was to provide one of the two constants in every guitar rig, the amplifier, with a resolute source; simple, but very important (iv) pedalboard real estate - specially designed and shielded audio isolation transformers are not small, so you won’t see (or hear them) in any sub-compact buffers (v) finally, experience has also taught us that a good number of people who start off with signal splitting, soon wish or opt for devices that provide them with the ability to split AND switch each output on and off individually

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