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I have XLR, ¼" or RCA...which one should I use?

post #1 of 5
Thread Starter 

Guys, I have a query for you...

 

I own a HH Electronics MXA100 amplifier.

 

Usually, I use the input channel with two RCA sockets to play my Walkman through; I use a 3.5mm jack to dual RCA cable.

 

If you look at the PDF file I linked above, you'll see that the other three input channels on the amplifier use XLR or ¼" jack; the thing is, though, that they are all mono inputs, not stereo. This is, after all, a professional stage amp, designed with instruments in mind, not MP3 players, and mine is old enough to not have the letters "CD" on it - it's "TAPE" only on this baby!

 

On my Walkman, I have the option of using the headphone socket to output from, or I can use a LOD cable. Usually, I would use the LOD cable but bear with me and you'll see where I'm going with this...

 

Because I have more than one audio device in the room with the amp, I don't want to keep having to attach and disengage different devices if I can leave them plugged in full-time. To facilitate this, I'm going to buy a cable that's 3.5mm female to either dual XLR or dual ¼" jack, and this is where I need your help.

 

From the brochure I linked, you can see that each of the inputs has a different rating. The RCA sockets are rated at 300mV, the ¼" sockets at 30mV and the XLR sockets at 3.5mV.

 

So, how much does my Sony NWZ-X1050 kick out from the headphone socket, how much from the LOD cable, and will it make a difference (to the amplifier) which output I use from the Walkman and which input I use on the amp?

post #2 of 5

No it's not the sonys output that matters, you shouldn't use balanced to unbalanced cables you lose 6db of singal if you do, you can use 3.5mm to rca or 3.5mm to TS in the 1/4" jacks.

post #3 of 5
Thread Starter 

Thanks for your reply.
 

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Originally Posted by JRG1990 View Post

you shouldn't use balanced to unbalanced cables you lose 6db of singal if you do



Is this a standard figure that you're quoting, or did you get it off the specs I linked?

post #4 of 5

It's a standard figure for unbalanced to balanced cables.

post #5 of 5
Thread Starter 

Thank you.

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