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What is Parallel Wordclock Distribution?

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asked Apr 14, 2015 in Audio Terms by AlexTinsley (925,100 points)
I've heard of Wordclock and Wordclock Generators, however what exactly is Parallel Word Clock Distribution?

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answered Apr 14, 2015 by AlexTinsley (925,100 points)
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Parallel distribution uses a BNC “T-connector” attached to the BNC word clock input of each slaved digital device.  This allows the word clock signal to be sent to that device and then sent on to another.  A BNC word clock output on the slaved devices is not used or required for parallel word clock distribution.  If the last device in the chain does not have a word clock terminate switch, it will require a BNC terminator plug to be attached to the other side of the “T-connector”.  This helps to stabilize the word clock sync as well as to keep the word clock signal clean.  Both word clock terminator plugs and BNC T-connectors can be purchased at most recording supply retailers.