I recently bought a pair of JBL LSR305 studio monitors: https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/LSR305--jbl-lsr305-5-inch-powered-studio-monitor

They sound great, but they only have a 1/4" cable input on the back. I'm mostly using my laptop and iPhone as an audio source so I bought this 1/8" to 1/4" Y cable: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00ZKM3S4S/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&th=1

What I didn't realize is that this cable only splits a few inches before the 1/4" cable begins, meaning the speakers can't really be separated.

What's the best way to extend the range of the input so I can have these speakers sit on opposite sides of a desk?

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One solution would be a pair of unbalanced (TS) 1/4" cables of a length which permits desired speaker separation, and a pair of unbalanced 1/4" barrel adapters. (female-female).

Connection should be pretty self-explanatory.

  • Thanks for the quick response. Why unbalanced instead of balanced, just out of curiosity? And wouldn't it be easier just to get a male-female 1/4" cord like this: amazon.com/InstallerParts-Female-Audio-Extension-Cable/dp/…
    – 10ehC
    Dec 15, 2018 at 21:48
  • Unbalanced because your source is unbalanced. And sure, that cable you linked would work, too. I suppose the reason I would prefer the solution I suggested above is that for future flexibility I would rather have standard cables and adapters instead of cables that are permanently configured as female-to-male cables.
    – user23353
    Dec 15, 2018 at 22:59
  • You are welcome. You can accept and/or upvote the answer if you feel that it was helpful.
    – user23353
    Dec 16, 2018 at 1:25

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