I have an interesting application which has a small problem. We installed a security system and a background music system in a building. The music is distributed via 70V lines at very low level throughout the building. The speakers are three inch 45 ohm units salvaged from an old apartment house intercom system. Each speaker is connected to the line with a small 1 watt 70V to 45 ohm transformer. I picked up a box of these transformers at an auction and the marriage of the speakers and transformers seemed a good fit. The music works very well but that's not the problem.
The alarm system when activated on an audible zone applies 12VDC to a siren driver. The driver outputs a "whoop whoop" sound to a separate outdoor 8 ohm speaker. In addition to the connection to the speaker I also ran the output of the siren driver back to the background music amp. I connected the primary, (70V side) of a typical speaker line transformer to this siren output and the secondary, (speaker connection) to a low impedance balanced mic input on the amplifier. So when the alarm goes off, the sound of the siren is everywhere in the building. The transformer gives me isolation between the alarm system and the music system and as a bonus it just happens to step down the voltage the right amount to feed a balanced low level mic. input with the right amount of signal as well.
This scenario also works well however with one slight problem. The cables for both systems are old CAT3's which were already in the building. All these cables are bundled together between two buildings, one where they're punched down onto 66blocks in one location to where the equipment is in the other. On the siren driver line, audible through the background music system speakers when the mic input is advanced to the proper level, there is a slight "fluttering" sound.
I've heard this noise before when using my inductive probe to find a wire with tone on it and so I'm sure the sound is the data stream from the alarm system keypad getting into the siren driver circuit.I tried hanging different size caps across the mic input but none of them reduced the noise. I didn't have any chokes with me so I couldn't try anything in that regard, however I plan to. But I was curious if anyone else ever ran into a problem such as this and was ever able to remedy it. Or perhaps someone may have some suggestions I might try. Thanks for any assistance. Lenny.