#2
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Balanced_audio

Do your own research. Literally just googled 'balanced and unbalanced cables'. Don't be lazy.
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#4
What are you using in your rack and what are you plugging into? Unbalanced for most situations is okay, if you're just running from rack units into a guitar amp. It depends on your application of them.

Someone else might want to chime in on this though, I'm not the most knowledgeable on this subject.
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#6
for short distances, unbalanced is fine.
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#7
If you have the choice you should always go for balanced connections, it just reduces any chance of picking up electrical noise. If you are running long cables it becomes more important.

It works like a humbucker, anything induced (hum,noise) in one cable is cancelled because the same will be induced in the other.