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danny_f 2012-11-07 12:22

positive Balance rant and question
Just bought balance on the second hand market. And must say, now that its all plugged in and setup... this has to be one of the best audio interfaces/sound cards I've ever used ( i've owned m-audio, RME, Yamaha etc ) The whole experience with this thing is amazing.... the level of thought put into it, the simplicity. The ease of use and directness, the aesthetic, not to mention clip safe, the meter/tuner....... I could go on... but its really something that needs to be experienced firsthand.

Anyway. What about leaving this plugged in? safe?

Will it wear out the unit at all?

What is the official recommendation?

Manslick 2012-11-07 17:57

Mine has been plugged in since day 1.

Arsenic 2012-11-07 18:59

I have left mine plugged in from day one.

Bios in the PC is set to cut power to the USB ports when the PC is shut down.

A year in and no problems yet.

I ahbe to agree, Balance is a great bit of kit, both in looks and functionality - well, it suits me, anyway.

gwynebiau 2012-11-08 13:51

Running any electronic device does put some strain on it, and leaving it plugged in constantly is worse for it than unplugging it, plus you don't waste as much electricity if you unplug it when you aren't using it. Even if you do leave it plugged in constantly though, I don't think it's a device you're likely to wear out for quite a few years.

One thing I'd be a little concerned about though is the lights...some of my older devices that have lit displays on them have faded after being left on for many, many hours. Hopefully newer lights will last longer since they have better technology behind them, but all lights do eventually fade and fail.

Overall though, you're unlikely to wear out this type of device in the time you're likely to have it just by leaving it on. I'd still unplug it when you remember to save electricity though. :)

Where'd you find someone willing to part with one anyway? Do they have another!? ;)

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