I have a basic sound setup right now. My ICOM ID-5100 and two computers are all plugged into the Rolls MX42 Mini Stereo Mixer. And those are going into my compute speakers. One problem I have is when I transmit on medium or high, the speakers pick up a TON of noise. It is time to upgrade! One thing I want to upgrade to, for a whole host of reasons, is a better soundboard: Quickly control which computer or radio I am hearing Go-between headphones and speakers with a push of a button (for those that don't know, real soundboards have a "monitor" for headphones.) The ID-5100 has two outputs, one for each band. I want the pan control to be able to control which speaker each band is on. Here is the question: I know the noise that the current system is picking up is because the speakers are 15-year-old computer speakers that only cost like $40 so they are crap, but... moving forward, would the signal from the soundboard to the speakers (which will have amps) benefit from using balanced XLR connections or is unbalanced fine, I just need to use quality stuff.