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My new sennheiser doesn't have an XLR port, what is this plug called? (picture included)

It's a modular system. You need the microphone module, which you have, and the power module, which you apparently don't have. According to Sennheiser documentation you need the K6 or K6P power ...
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What is the difference between XLR and JACK out?

XLR typically gives you a 'balanced' connection, whereas the Jack connection is unbalanced. An unbalanced connection is very susceptible to electromagnetic interference - the mains hum you get from a ...
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Phantom Power: Would it run through TSR plugs and if so would it cause electrocution?

It would be very unusual for equipment to put phantom power out to TRS inputs. One reason is that connecting an unbalanced TS connector would shorten one line with phantom power but not the other, ...
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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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Why do some XLR connectors take batteries?

Yes, microphones like the AT899 give you the option of using internal battery power OR phantom power (from the XLR). Yes, microphones like the Rode Lav require phantom power without the option. ...
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What is the best way to wire an audio interface with 1/4 outputs to studio monitors that have an XLR input?

You just use two balanced audio cables with XLR on the speaker side and 1/4-inch on the audio interface side. That is a very standard pro audio cable.
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Plugging in and removing XLR mics while device is on

Yes it is just fine to connect and disconnect mics from your H5. If you are recording or monitoring the inputs you will likely hear a pop or click.
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Plugging in and removing XLR mics while device is on

If the mic uses phantom power, be sure to turn off the phantom on the H5 before connecting/ disconnecting. It's ok to have the H5 switched on otherwise.
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Connecting electric guitar to XLR

Assuming you don't have some kind of Franken-cable running from ¼" jack to male XLR, then you'd have to go via a DI [Direct Injection] box, if only because the plugs won't fit otherwise. If you do ...
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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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Help with setting up audio recording for retirement home meeting

I don't have enough rep to comment, so I'll answer as best I can. First, I think the biggest thing you're going to need to deal with is the room in which the meeting takes place and the arrangement ...
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How to convert Stereo RCA to XLR?

The splitter cable you're using combines the 2 stereo inputs into the 3 pin XLR connector, putting the left channel in pin 2 and the right in pin 3, or the other way around. You can only use that type ...
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Phantom power through a Line input

Normally the phantom power would only be present in the XLR inputs of the interface. For example, the Focusrite Scarlett, a very wide spread model in the market that has combined XLR and TRS ...
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What is the difference between XLR and JACK out?

In addition to Rory's answer, it is also important to remember that XLR is a locking connector (though the lock isn't always utilized) where as 1/4" (the more common term for what I assume is being ...
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Software equivalents for the high end hardware microphone pre amps

Actually, the mic pre amp you are mentioning is a pre amp plus a processing chain (a dynamics processor and some filters and eqs). You cannot emulate the pre amp itself in software as amplifying the ...
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Software equivalents for the high end hardware microphone pre amps

I'm in full agreement with audionuma's answer, but just to add that a 3 grand mic preamp will not fix a 10 buck microphone. As you didn't mention in your question what mic & preamps you currently ...
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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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Can I connect XLR mic to my portable Bluetooth speaker (with sufficient signal strength)?

The microphone signal level will typically not be strong enough to produce acceptable quality at the AUX (line level) input. You need a pre-amplifier to convert the signal from one to the other. Most ...
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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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Is it possible to combine wireless transmitters and receivers of different brands?

Some receivers will be compatible with transmitters from other manufacturers but this is generally not a common case. For example, Lectrosonics receivers can receive audio from Sennheiser G3 series ...
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Is it possible to combine wireless transmitters and receivers of different brands?

It is sometimes possible, but not advisable, to transmit from a wireless audio transmitter designed by one manufacturer, to a wireless audio receiver made by a different manufacturer. Cross-...
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Is it possible to connect active JBL speakers using unbalanced cable to pre-outs on amp?

Short answer: yes. It will work. Longer answer, not the full story though: Connect from the RCA preamp outputs. I believe you can control the volume out somehow in the amp. If not, you will want to ...
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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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Is it safe to have 48V supplied on a AudioBox USB96 combo XLR - 1/4" jack and plug in a guitar

Connect the guitar using the 1/4 inch input. 48V is only applied to the XLR.
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PC speaker 3.5 mm stereo jack to XLR on Zoom H4n Pro

Sorry, but this is wired about as wrong as it's possible to do:\ You're running stereo into balanced line, then splitting the balanced line & hoping to get stereo back. That is not going to happen....
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Is it okay to connect Belden 8412 to condenser microphone?

Belden 8412 is two conductors in one shield. It will work quite well for phantom powered condenser microphones: Connect White to pin 2 and black to pin 3 and shield to pin 1 on XLR connectors on both ...
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How to record sounds with an XLR cable

A Shure SM57 is not very suitable for recording Foley sounds. A condenser microphone is much more typical to use for recording ambient and natural sounds and Foley/SFX (sound effects). A "sleeper" ...
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How to record sounds with an XLR cable

You need a portable / field recorder with an XLR input in order to use the mic in the field, to record sounds. There are many different makes and models out there, discussed in many threads on this ...
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