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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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How much heat can a speaker cables PVC jacket take?

You have to use some other cable. I usually go with Teflon in difficult thermal situations. In general, the thermal performance of PVC may be severely inadequate for the 120°C conditions you've ...
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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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Difference between 3.5mm and quarter inch plug?

I don't know anyone who has actually noticed an audio difference between 1/8" and 1/4" jacks on their headphones. In fact many higher end headphones come now with adapters! That said, the big ...
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Does professional quality stereo to mono conversion require a special adapter

Well, as you've noticed yourself, it will normally work. This is because both channel outputs should be expected to have the same output impedance, so wiring them parallel effectively creates an ...
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What makes XLR so durable?

XLR connector pros compared to jacks/TRS connectors: It is not as easily pulled out (it locks when connected). It is thicker; thus more rugged The physical interface is larger (pins into tubes), thus ...
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Is it safe to use a stereo cable to carry dual mono audio?

Stereo cables aren't special in any sense that would stop them from operating as independent halves. A common ground might cause some issues if you have two sources with different earth grounds, but ...
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Where can I find a 3.5mm female receiver?

Radio Shack sells male and female audio connectors in a variety of sizes/formats, including the 3.5 mm type. Take care with your soldering to minimize the effect on sound quality.
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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?

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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Insert Cables vs Stereo - split cable

Q1: I've done some research, and yes, you can use the Stagg Stereo -> 2 x Mono cable in the link. It will work as an unbalanced insert lead. From A&H Zed 24 Manual: Q2: To test the insert ...
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Is there such a thing as Balanced stereo cable?

Sound quality is probably the first reason. A balanced audio signal only works when the interference/noise is the same on both signals. After inverting the sound signal, the noises that were identical ...
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Does banana plug fit in "classic" speaker ports?

As the other answers have said, banana plugs will not fit. However, so-called “pin” plugs are designed to fit speaker jacks, and a little searching suggests there also exist adapters from banana plugs ...
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Can I use the stereo channel on my mixer for my over head mics?

No, it won't work. Those inputs are design for keyboards or similar, therefore they don't have preamps. Overheads are usually condenser mics too, so if yours are, these inputs won't supply phantom ...
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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 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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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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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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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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