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Old 11-21-2020, 02:40 PM
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Looking at the photos, I agree that having TRS on the first one was likely a space-saving design move. With 8 XLR connectors for mic/line inputs, it was pretty crowded.

On the second they dumped all the XLR inputs in favor of the 25 pin connector, freeing up all kinds of space. I'd bet the designers have a bias towards XLR, so they were able to put what they preferred into the back panel.

To say that there is no bias in the professional audio world for XLR vs. TRS is to ignore decades of history. Old habits die hard.
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