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What would happen if I plug in a mono/TS phone jack into a balanced output socket that requires a TRS phone jack?

These sockets and plugs are designed to work in exactly this way. When you plug a 'TS' plug into a TRS balanced jack socket, the "ring and sleeve" are bridged. This is exactly the correct way to ...
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Convert traditional HiFi to wireless?

First, you will need to provide a power amplifier for each different speaker cabinet. You did not mention what model you have so we don't know what power, what kind of processing, etc. you would need. ...
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Do XLR cables wear out?

Yes, they do wear out eventually. As pointed out already, the life time depends greatly on use and quality. Even with a cable that seemingly works sound quality may get drastically reduced. See below. ...
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How can I tell if a 1/4" female jack is balanced or unbalanced?

You could actually just 'guess' based on percentages/chance ;) Line level is very, very rarely run over balanced line, so the safe bet is that it's not balanced. For consumer-level equipment I'd ...
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What should I take into account when I want to switch to wireless sub/speakers?

Advantages: saves you rolling out 2 long cables. Disadvantages: it's a 2.4 GHz system so there's potential for interference from wifi. they add a bit of delay, although 4 ms is not horrendous. ...
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How can I tell if a 1/4" female jack is balanced or unbalanced?

Both outputs are unbalanced. What the manual means is that if you insert a plug into only the L/L+R output, the result is a mono mix of the left and right channels ("L+R"). If you insert a ...
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TS vs balanced TRS cable: does it make any difference, with a mono signal?

There's some basic misconception here, I think. The cable doesn't determine whether or not the signal is balanced, only whether it can carry balanced. The same for stereo. Both balanced line & ...
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Wiring an XLR 1/4" jack combo wall box to a single cable (Neutrik ncj6fi-s)

Best practice is to connect XLR pin 2 to TIP (T), pin 3 to RING (R). Pin 1 is always GROUND. The TN, RN, GN, refer to TIP NORMAL, RING NORMAL, GROUND NORMAL, which would have additional pinouts if ...
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Wiring an XLR 1/4" jack combo wall box to a single cable (Neutrik ncj6fi-s)

XLR 2 (hot) should go to JACK TIP, XLR 3 (cold) should go to JACK RING, XLR 1 (ground) should go to JACK SLEEVE The TN, RN and GN connections are used in the XLR combi connectors with extra ...
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Wiring an XLR 1/4" jack combo wall box to a single cable (Neutrik ncj6fi-s)

After a lot of research I figured this out. It's simple once you know which letters go to which: I connected them as follows and it worked: BROWN: XLR 1 (ground) -> JACK S (sleeve) RED: ...
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Why are speaker cable jack plugs sometimes fatter than intsrument cable

The reason for this is that the speaker cable is likely to be of a larger diameter and able to handle more current than standard instrument cables, thus the connection to the pins is likely to require ...
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What's the difference between 3 pin, 4 pin, and 5 pin XLR intercom headsets?

3-pin is usually for balanced mono lines - a single balanced mic, etc. 4-pin can carry a mono signal to a headset & a mono unbalanced mic return. 5-pin can carry stereo to a headset & a mono ...
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What to consider when selecting RCA-to-3.5 mm cable for recordings

My experience is cables is that the length doesn't really matter as much as the quality of the cable. If the quality of the cable is problematic that will be a much greater source of sound degradation ...
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Is there a sound quality difference between RCA (analog) and optical (digital) connections?

If your receiving device is going to convert the sound to digital again internally, then you should connect TO it digitally if you have the option. There's generally nothing to be gained from ...
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Is there a sound quality difference between RCA (analog) and optical (digital) connections?

With consumer or prosumer equipment it is difficult to tell. The main reason is that they seldom tell the full story when it comes to specifications so you need to try. If the source is mp3 - any ...
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Is there a sound quality difference between RCA (analog) and optical (digital) connections?

Depends how MUCH less than 50' the connection is. 50' is too far for TOSlink, which is probably what you mean by 'optical cable' on domestic equipment. (Can you even buy a 50' TOSlink cable?) But ...
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Is it safe to convert rca to xlr

Assuming that the preamp outputs are line level, then yes it is perfectly safe to do this. You will wire the connection up as follows: Ground (RCA) to Pin 1 and 3 (XLR) Signal (RCA) to Pin 2 (XLR) ...
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Is there any cable with jack 6.3mm male to jack 3.5mm female?

I was looking for a cable instead... Do you guys know anything about this? Yes, here is an example: Thomann: Cordial CFM 3 VY
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Male Micro usb to male XLR cable?

You cannot connect a USB microphone to an XLR port. The signal from the USB connector is simply a data-stream whereas the XLR port requires an analogue signal input. What you are proposing cannot be ...
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TRS or XLR to TRS? which one?

XLR and TRS are two different things. XLR is a "balanced" audio cable, which means that it sends the signal in such a way that the noise picked up while traveling over the cable can be canceled out ...
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Issues with mix-minus setup on Xenyx Q1002USB with dbx 286s

a. Make the setup work with the new balanced audio cables and restore the fidelity of the audio. You don’t have new balanced audio; you have unbalanced stereo going into a balanced input which does ...
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Why does using an extension cable on my headset with a TRRS jack cause the stereo signal to leak into the microphone signal?

Here's some background information that might be useful to understand what's going on. The bare physics answer to “why is this happening” is: two wires running close together form an unintended ...
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XLR-1/4'' vs XLR-XLR cable

To match impedances & levels properly you need an XLR>XLR. That will fix your volume issue, & allow you to run much further than with an unbalanced cable. <slight rant> I've no idea ...
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How can I tell if a 1/4" female jack is balanced or unbalanced?

Yes, balanced outputs are scarce in digital pianos. They are typically available on advanced stage pianos (Kawai MP11SE, Roland RD2000…), but not with the Clavinova series.
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How do I get the signal from shotgun mic for cameras into audio interface?

I can only make a guess at this, because I cannot find any detailed info on how the mic's pinout is designed. The interface documentation says the interface's mic jack socket is wired tip hot, ring ...
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What's the difference between 3 pin, 4 pin, and 5 pin XLR intercom headsets?

XLR-3 connectors for a Clear-Com intercom system might be for analog partyline systems. And actually, analog partyline systems are (or used to be) quite common in theatres. If this is the case, it ...
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How do I 'correctly' connect this mic to that wireless system

use a connection as shown in the first pic and put a AA battery in the microphone.it needs power to operate properly.
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