Which Type of Cable to Connect Studio Monitors?

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  1. esxmac

    esxmac Member

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    I have a Zoom HD8CD and two Yamaha HS50 studio montors. These monitors take XLR, TRS, or 1/4" mono inputs.

    When connecting my HD8CD, I have to use RCA out from it (it is either RCA for the Master Out or headphones), but what kind of connection should I use on the monitor?

    RCA to XLR, RCA to TRS, or RCA to 1/4"? Are their any differences in sound quality and/or quality of the signal and/or benefits with a specific type?
     
  2. Steve Dallas

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    There should be no difference as long as you use high quality cabling. Since you are going down to RCA, the balanced XLR and TRS offer no direct benefit.
     
  3. esxmac

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    Thanks for the reply! Do have a recommendation for a particular brand or product?
     
  4. Somniferous

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    THe balanced connections only benefit if the output from the device is balanced, RCA is unbalanced so the 1/4" should be fine. The only benefit that the balanced connections can give is if you doing long cable runs and don;t want any interference.
     

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