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post #2221 of 2378

I always wire my SE to balanced adapters with a floating pin 3 incase I switch them around and go balanced to SE that way I'm not trying to drive a dead short with the inverted output.

post #2222 of 2378
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Originally Posted by jchandler3 View Post


I don't mean this in a patronizing way (just wanting clarity): you're wanting to connect an unbalanced output to a balanced input using speaker wire?


My DAC doesn't have balanced out. So, i have no choice as of now.

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Originally Posted by jchandler3 View Post

Left and right signals to their respective pin 2s, run the ground to each 1 pin and jumper to the 3 pin.

1 - ground
2 - signal
3 - jumpered ground

Could be wrong but that's what I'd do. And speaker wire wouldn't be a very good choice, IMO.

 

Thanks. Any reason why speaker wire wouldn't be a good choice? This is the wire i have.

post #2223 of 2378
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Originally Posted by matbhuvi View Post
 

 

Thanks. Any reason why speaker wire wouldn't be a good choice? This is the wire i have.

 

There are a few technical reasons, potentially causing the "skin effect," but I don't recommend speaker wire more from a practical standpoint. Have fun wiring 4 leads of that speaker wire into a 3.5mm plug... 

 

I would recommend a high quality mic wire, with more reasonably gauged solid-core wire. 

post #2224 of 2378
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Originally Posted by jchandler3 View Post
 

 

There are a few technical reasons, potentially causing the "skin effect," but I don't recommend speaker wire more from a practical standpoint. Have fun wiring 4 leads of that speaker wire into a 3.5mm plug... 

 

I would recommend a high quality mic wire, with more reasonably gauged solid-core wire. 

Skin Effect on a few feet of speaker wire from the Line Out on a DAC?

Really?

 

Didn't know he was going to do any RF or Induction welding...

post #2225 of 2378

Because it's huge and unshielded. For RCA interconnects I would recommend a coaxial cable. Mogami and Canare both have inexpensive high quality offerings.

post #2226 of 2378
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Originally Posted by TrollDragon View Post
 

Skin Effect on a few feet of speaker wire from the Line Out on a DAC?

Really?

 

Didn't know he was going to do any RF or Induction welding...

 

I won't accept a system as good unless it has a 20GHz bandwidth from input to output.

post #2227 of 2378
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Originally Posted by TrollDragon View Post
 

Didn't know he was going to do any RF or Induction welding...

 

Hilarious!

 

I only mentioned that because it's commonly brought up as an "issue" (real or not) when comparing wire gauge for audio. Like I said, I'm suggesting he use smaller gauge wire for practical purposes. 

post #2228 of 2378
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Originally Posted by 65535 View Post
 

 

I won't accept a system as good unless it has a 20GHz bandwidth from input to output.

Then you would need a nice DSAX96204Q Infiniium to check it all out... :D

 

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Originally Posted by jchandler3 View Post
 

 

Hilarious!

 

I only mentioned that because it's commonly brought up as an "issue" (real or not) when comparing wire gauge for audio. Like I said, I'm suggesting he use smaller gauge wire for practical purposes. 

But it's $6 a foot... :D

post #2229 of 2378
Just tossing this out there...

For anyone looking for some cheap low profile 3.5mm jacks, Mouser now carry low profile Amphenols.

Pics!

$2.50 for Nickel (Part no. KS3PC LINK)
$3.00 for Gold (Part no. KS3PC-AU LINK)

Not as nice looking as DHC Elites but at 1/3 to 1/4 of the price... no complaints. biggrin.gif
Better than paying the same price to get them from China.
Edited by MrEleventy - 7/10/14 at 1:22pm
post #2230 of 2378
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Originally Posted by matbhuvi View Post
 

Probably a very dumb question. I have a good quality Tchernov speaker cable originally purchased to use with my car's subwoofer. Now i want to use that cable to connect my Neuman KH120 active monitors which take XLR-M for input. My DAC is Geek out which has only 3.5mm headphone out. What do i need to make this work?

As was mentioned before you need two 3 pin XLR's, Neutrik are excellent at about $3.00 each. For the 3.5mm, I suggest the Neutrik Rean, also inexpensive All are available from Parts Express. Not sure about the amps in the speakers but since they are from a pro audio company, probably want to see pin 1 connected to ground. Right XLR pin 2 should go to ring on the 3.5, Left XLR pin 2 to the tip. Pin 3 on both XLR's should go to the sleeve (ground) on the 3.5. Pins 1 and 3 can be jumpered at the XLR with a common hookup wire. Speaker wire is overkill for this application and have fun soldering 14 or 12 gauge wire to the terminals in the 3.5.

post #2231 of 2378
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Originally Posted by MrEleventy View Post
Not as nice looking as DHC Elites but at 1/3 to 1/4 of the price... no complaints. biggrin.gif

My thoughts EXACTLY. Also, you don't need to make a minimum purchase.

 

Gonna have to order some of these. 

 

If anyone is wondering, the part number is KS3PC-AU for the gold, KS3PC for the nickel.

post #2232 of 2378
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Originally Posted by BotByte View Post

My thoughts EXACTLY. Also, you don't need to make a minimum purchase.

Gonna have to order some of these. 

If anyone is wondering, the part number is KS3PC-AU for the gold, KS3PC for the nickel.
I bought 4 of the Nickel, should've bought some of the Gold as well. They're way easier to work with than the eBay China stuff.

post #2233 of 2378
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Originally Posted by alexsv View Post
 

As was mentioned before you need two 3 pin XLR's, Neutrik are excellent at about $3.00 each. For the 3.5mm, I suggest the Neutrik Rean, also inexpensive All are available from Parts Express. Not sure about the amps in the speakers but since they are from a pro audio company, probably want to see pin 1 connected to ground. Right XLR pin 2 should go to ring on the 3.5, Left XLR pin 2 to the tip. Pin 3 on both XLR's should go to the sleeve (ground) on the 3.5. Pins 1 and 3 can be jumpered at the XLR with a common hookup wire. Speaker wire is overkill for this application and have fun soldering 14 or 12 gauge wire to the terminals in the 3.5.


Considering the difficulties, this is what i have decided to try out

 

3.5mm stereo plug to RCA from monoproce

4 banana plugs from monoprice

2 XLR-M to RCA-F of Livewire brand from Guitarcenter

6ft of Russian made Original 2SC tchernov cable

 

No soldering. Plug & play. Hope this works out.

post #2234 of 2378
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Originally Posted by matbhuvi View Post
 


Considering the difficulties, this is what i have decided to try out

 

3.5mm stereo plug to RCA from monoproce

4 banana plugs from monoprice

2 XLR-M to RCA-F of Livewire brand from Guitarcenter

6ft of Russian made Original 2SC tchernov cable

 

No soldering. Plug & play. Hope this works out.

What are the banana plugs for?

post #2235 of 2378
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Originally Posted by alexsv View Post
 

What are the banana plugs for?


RCA connectors. I use them to connect my speaker wire to A/V receiver. It should work here as well.

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