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An amplifier is a device for taking a signal level electrical signal and increases it to a level that can be used to power a speaker

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Can I use one of these common USB audio interfaces with Sony F-99B dynamic mic?

I got an age-old Sony F-99B dynamic microphone lying around while I was looking for gear to shoot an interview-style podcast. Now, I understand that dynamic mics output mic level signals that should ...
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I am not getting any sound out of my PA system. Did I connect something incorrectly?

I have a NUMARK M6 USB 4 channel mixer with LEFT and RIGHT Balanced XLR output connected to channel 1 and channel 2 of my AUDAC EPA252 power amplifier respectively. My speaker is a passive HYBRID ...
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Is it safe to play/drive a speaker(60w, 8ohm) with a connection from 3.5mm jack

Here are the details. My guitar amplifier is a combo amp which means it has a built in speaker. The speaker is 12 inches and is rated at max power of 60w and has impedance of 8ohms. The amp also ...
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What makes a headphone monitoring amplifier so expensive? any tips for alternatives?

I was looking for some simple headphone amplifiers for translation booths, to give the translators the ability to adjust the volume of their headphones. No need for super Hi-Fi quality in a relatively ...
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Why has my amplifier different sample rates for usb and spdif?

I have an emotiva ta-100 amplifier with 96khz/24bit usb and 192khz/24bit spdif. I always assumed it uses the same dac for both, so why does it have different sample rates for each input? I could ...
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How to put a sound in my LG TV Signage 49VL5B-5

I have an LG screen Signage 49VL5B-5, It does not have a built in sound on this screen and wish to apply a sound on it. I do find a 2 audio socket that says (L and R with red and white color) with 8 ...
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Is it mandatory to let tube amps warming up ? What are the risks of not doing that?

I heard literally everywhere that it is really important to let my amp warming up for some minutes before playing the guitar (or give some audio do the input). Strange thing is that the recommended ...
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Audio interface output to guitar cabinet

I am using software to shape my electric guitar tone. Currently, my signal path is this: Guitar --> audio interface --> software --> audio interface --> headphones. I want the audio interface ...
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Why is 1000W pro Amp delivering less SPL than 100W cheap amp?

I'm designing an internal sound system for an outdoor sound sculpture. Audio quality is important but volume (sound pressure) is what's most critical in this application. I have auditioned many ...
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Why does this balanced/unbalanced setup work?

I've just learned about balanced and unbalanced audio connections and so I started trying to figure out which pieces of my equipment have what. My Roland U-220 sound module appears to have unbalanced ...
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Calculating noise in dB produced by microphone pre-amplifiers

I need to know whether my pre-amplifier or my microphone is limiting the sound quality (in terms of noise) of my recording setup. The sound recorder (SM2Bat+, Wildlife Acoustics) has a specified ...
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Attenuating the amplifier volume: what is a better approach?

My Denon PMA-600NE is "too loud too quickly" with ELAC Debut 2.0 B5.2 speakers. Turning the master volume knob just ~20 degrees from zero position already takes it to a very high volume. I would like ...
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How do I connect an amplifier to a PC?

I have a guitar amplifier and I am wondering if I could connect any of its outputs to a PC microphone input on the motherboard through a 6.3 mm. to 3.5 mm. adapter. Or it will not work and ...
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Why do some audio amps use AC while others use DC

In particular I am looking at the JDS Labs Atom and the iFI iCan SE. The iCan outputs a tremendous amount of power, 4 times that of the Atom, enough to drive speakers; But does so less cleanly, at-...
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Amplifier to power a Project 2 turntable

I have a Project 2 turntable and have just bought some Dali Spektor 2 speakers. I have a 20 year old budget Cambridge Audio Amp and a basic Cambridge preamp bought a couple of years ago. I'd like ...
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How do I power a Yamaha EMX5?

I know basically nothing with about audio engineering and need some help. I just recently bought a Yamaha emx5 powered mixer. What is the best way to protect it from a power surge? Do I need a power ...
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Connecting Condenser Mic to an amplifier then to PC? [duplicate]

I have BM800 condenser microphone which produces really low volume because it needs to be connected to a phantom power, I don't have a phantom power but I have an old Pioneer SA-600 amplifier. How do ...
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Connecting a subwoofer to a 2 channel amplifier [closed]

I'm building a bluetooth speaker, but I'm not satisfacted with the low frequencies, so I decided to add a subwoofer. At the moment I haven't decided which subwoofer exactly, but I'll will be a 4 or 8 ...
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Cable vs wireless connection from amplifier to speaker

I would like to understand the implications of wired versus wireless sound signal transmission. Say, the signal originates from a source and arrives to an amplifier via cable. Is there a difference if ...
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How can I get a stereo Bluetooth signal converted to a mono one?

I am trying to build a small singe driver full range active bluetooth speaker using some of those cheap class D amplifier boards you can buy everywhere on eBay etc. Many of them comes with a build in ...
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What are good amplification methods for percussive fingerstyle (on an acoustic guitar)?

I have a guitar with an active pickup built-in. It works fine in normal playing, but when playing percussive fingerstyle (example below), there are two big issues: ...
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Is it safe to convert rca to xlr

I have a pre-amplifier of which the outputs are RCA. Now i want to buy new active speakers but those only have 3pin-XLR input. is it safe for both my amplifier and active speakers just to use a simple ...
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Can I put a powered amp inside a water/air-tight enclosure?

For a semi-permanent outdoor installation I need to waterproof a powered amplifier. (We opted against marine amplifiers for audio-input quality, and power-supply reasons) What happens if I put a ...
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How to determine DC Amperes required for Amplifier?

I'm trying to understand if there's any relationship between the rated wattage (RMS) of an audio amplifier and the corresponding power requirements on its power supply. Practically, if I buy an ...
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Instrument to sound card and output to guitar amplifier

I want to know your opinion on if it's possible/feasible to input an instrument (guitar, bass...) to a sound card and then output the signal to an actual amplifier (guitar, bass...). Let's suppose the ...
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What is the best shape for passive sound amplification

I'm asking this to make a passive sound amplifiyer. In the web they usually do a HORN shape that looks like exponential function mirrored about 'x' axes. But I wonder is there a better shape for ...
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Attenuator/volume control between amplifier and speaker

I have a setup where an amplifier with 2 channels drives four 8 ohms 80 watts speakers on each channel. The amplifier has a single volume knob which controls volume of both channels at once. What I ...
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It's impossible, how do I get a lightweight, portable, loud busking amp/PA?

Without going really big, I don't know how to do this. So far I use a Roland Mobile AC amplifier. It's just 5 watts, but it sounds beautiful and it's tiny, fits in my backpack, powered by 6AA ...
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Dynamic mic to XLR input

I bought this ammoon F4 mixer on Amazon, and I need help connecting a dynamic microphone to it. The mic channels have XLR and TRS inputs. The TRS is marked "LINE" and it works only with line signal ...
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240 Hz 'noise' coming from speaker

I have an annoying little noise that is constantly emanating from my speakers. At first upon Googling I thought it was the usual hum, hiss, or whatever sounds that is the by-product of a normal audio ...
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Does a 64 OHMS Headphones require an amplifier? [closed]

I recently bought a pair of HD7 from Presonus (https://www.presonus.com/products/HD7) which are 2 x 32 ohms headphones. They sound good but not as good as I though they would. Would that be due to ...
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Combining multiple Speakers Impedance - what is the preffered way?

I'm building a custom sound system using the HiFi Berry Amp2 which claims to [...] "work with all speakers or 4-8 Ohm impedance. It supports sample rates from 44.1-192kHz (16-32bit)." According to ...
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Connecting guitar amplifier to mixer via headphones out

I have a Peavey Vypyr Tube 60W guitar amp and Yamaha mg10xu mixer. I'd like to mix my amplifier's sound with some background track (which I'm already sending to the mixer correctly) and send ...
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Converting a 3.5in mic input to line level portably

As I understand it, mic level input and line level input are two different things, with line level input having a much higher power level. In my case, I'm dealing with an old minidisc recorder that ...
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Selecting proper amplifier output level

I am powering 6 CVS 8 Tannoy Ceiling speakers: https://www.tannoy.com/Categories/Tannoy/CVS/CVS-8/p/P0BSK The specifications say they have a 60W continuous operating power and a 240 Watt peak power. ...
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What is Presence?

I got an Ibanez amplifier for my keyboard and there is a dial called 'presence'. What does it do?
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How to filter hiss from amp to speakers? [closed]

I picked up an inexpensive 2x120W amplifier to drive my 8-ohm desktop speakers, and it produces a bit of a hiss, particularly when the treble is mixed further up which is what it seems to need. Is ...
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Mixing amplified signals of a 2.1 amp and outputting them to 2 speakers

I would like to mix the dedicated bass output of this amp with both the left and right channels and output the respective combined signal (L+bass, R+bass) on a set of two 200W, 4 Ohm speakers. A ...
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Connect XLR microphone to amplifier

I am not able to get sound output from my microphone. How do I Connect my XLR microphone to the amplifier. The amplifier does not have a mic input. Which slot do I use in that case. Amplifier is ...
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Label on speaker reads “120W(MUSIC), 60W(DIN).” What does this mean?

I have 2 (old and crappy) speakers I want to hook up to an amplifier and need to know the wattage. What does "120W(music), 60W(DIN)" mean? N.B. - I am using the speakers as part of a PA system to ...
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rhythm guitar sound on 'only tomorrow' (my bloody valentine) (pedals?amps?guitars?mic placement? etc.)

i'm mostly active on stack overflow, but as i like the overall platform/concept so much i figured i'd give this here a try! basically, my question is in the title, and here's a link to the song: ...
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undesired interaction between multiple inputs to PA system

I'm using a 250W Fender Passport PA system (model P-250) with a vocal mic (MP-75) and an electric bass guitar hooked up to separate channels (e.g. mic to MIC-1 and bass to LINE-2). When both are ...
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Wiring 2x subwoofers down to 1 or 0.5 ohm on a 2 ohm verified amplifier? [closed]

This is strictly a hypothetical question. I have a 2600W peak monoblock amplifier for my car, which is rated at 1000W at 2 ohm. I am currently wiring my subwoofers to the amplifier like this: What ...
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Which amplifiers have close to zero latency?

I'm a novice. I'd like to route an electric guitar and several keyboards through a computer for effects processing, and out via the same speakers. I've tried using different home sound systems; but ...
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How to check used amplifiers?

When buying used amplifiers: Is there a way to check if they are still working, are in good condition and will not die at the next possibility? Checking used speakers is easy, but I have no idea how ...
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Speak - amplifier wattage matching

Is there any rule-of-thumb for choosing amplifier wattage for the given speakers wattage? Say I have speakers, 100 W (maximum input power) / 6 Ohm each. Is it ok to match them with 44 W (minimum ...
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How to use a wireless mic with computer mini speakers for trade show

Working at our booth at a trade show, behind a table. I need gentle amplification to augment my voice when talking across the table to an handful of attendees. (Show floors are noisy!) I have a ...
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What kind of cable for AUX should I use? [closed]

my room is under renovation and I'd like to hide all the wires of my hi-fi set under the floor. I have to choose cable to connect laptops out with amps aux in - it would be over 6 meters long. Would ...
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Why am I hearing weird static nosie on my speakers

Our Church uses Yamaha CM 12V speakers for monitor, powered by QSC GX5 amps. Every 3 to 5 minutes once we hear a weird buzzing static noise from the speakers. The noise will be loud, and will last ...
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How to get rid of sharp ticks/clicks when amplifying sound

I am amplifying an audio file frame-by-frame via the following algorithm: Find maximum value among all the samples in a frame Find the amplification factor to make the maximum value equal to 0 dB ...