Monitor Cables

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  1. Caoimhin

    Caoimhin Senior Member

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    What kind of cables should I use to connect some monitors to my interface? Do you just use instrument cables?
     
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    LPSGME Senior Member

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    Either will work. But may as well get XRL or TRS if you are buying them.
     
  3. Caoimhin

    Caoimhin Senior Member

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    I've had Alesis M1 Active monitors for a long time. It only has XLR jacks to connect the two monitors together but has far and sending sound to them, it has two 1/4 jacks and USB.
     
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    Freddy G V.I.P. Member

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    Use a pair of TRS-TRS cables from the interface to the speaker(s)?

    I believe both inputs go to one speaker and then a there is a link (are you sure it's XLR?) from one speaker to the other.
     
  5. Caoimhin

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    Yes, both 1/4 jacks are on one speaker. The two speakers are connected together with an XLR cable.
     
  6. LPSGME

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    The 1/4" speaker input jacks are likely TRS; as are your converter's outputs. So just get some cables with TRS connectors on each end. As to your original question of whether it can use "instrument cables" the answer is yes. And you should also be able to use an unbalanced mono cable.
     
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    If they're powered monitors, instrument cables will do. If you're driving it with a power amplifier, run speaker wire from the power amp to the speakers.
     

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