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RE: You indicate a number of ways by which polarity could be switched within a circuit...

I wasn't discussing why the designer would deliberately chose one polarity over the other. (As you point out, that would be pointless.) I was explaining why it is, historically, that different players have different polarities. There being no standard for player polarity designers choose circuitry for other reasons. These chosen circuits provide whatever polarity they happen to achieve.

It doesn't really matter whether it's 92-8 or 50-50. There are still a significant number of recordings in both polarities, and so it will be necessary for a playback system to accommodate both through some means of polarity reversal if it is to be faithful to the music. For systems that play only digital recordings it is convenient to do this in the digital domain.

Tony Lauck

"Diversity is the law of nature; no two entities in this universe are uniform." - P.R. Sarkar

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