I have a Sound card (Audio Interface) with ‘balanced’ outputs for Left and Right channels. Also I have two reference monitors with balanced XLR inputs. My audio cables have XLR male jacks (to the monitors) and ¼” TS (i.e. not TRS) jacks for soundcard. Further, I removed the cover of the XLR jack and noticed that not all three terminals were used. Only 1 and 3 were (where 1 is for ground and 3 is for the signal, I believe).
Could you please advise whether that these cables can be used to connect the Sound Card and the monitors. I mean, can I use ¼” TS mono jacks with the balanced L&R output channels of sound card? If I use, will it damage any of the equipment (Sound card or Monitors)?