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Front Input vs Rear Input

I know the Fractal Axe FX II and others have the option to use the rear input instead of the front.

Has anyone heard any difference in the sound/signal by doing that?


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I prefer the front. To my ears it just sounds better. I know about the "secret sauce" but have no idea what it is. For all I know, Cliff and FAS might just be messin' with people, like beverage companies who put the same stuff in different packaging and are amused by people swearing that package A is waaaaaay better than package B.

Perhaps my wife is right when she says I have "finally lost it". I'm still going with the front input.


The front seems to sound a bit better, but if the back was more convent I would pick it because it's so tiny that most people would not notice a difference. I used the front and back with my wireless it worked well with both.


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Secrets sauce is about noise floor. Other advantage of front is you can choose impedance or set it to auto. I never used the feature and always did 1m (+cap I think it was) which is the same as read. When I had the g90 I always used the rear


I use a wireless (Shure ULXD4), and plug into the front, only in case the wireless were ever to go down, I can plug a cable in immediately and keep going. I keep a cable on top of my rack at every gig.....even though I've never had to use it.

Originally I A/B'd the front and back and heard no difference.


My wireless unit is permanently plugged into the back. At home most of the time I plug into the front out of convenience. Never noticed a difference. Don't really even care if there is.
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