connecting studio monitors

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  1. ger tree macrumors newbie

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    hello,
    I am wondering what is the best option for connecting studio monitors to my powerbook?
    I was running the speakers (genelec 1029's) via two of my unbalanced line outputs on the M-audio firewire 410, however when callibrating my system i noticed i was missing alot of bandwith.

    I then just connected the speakers to the powerbooks headphone jack( using a two to one jack adaptor into a 1/4 inch to mini jack adaptor) which has improved my range but i am noticing problems with panning and fear there is too much weight/pressure on the powerbook jack.

    do i need to get a balanced cable adaptor made up or should i use coaxial out of the firewire interface?
     
  2. Sesshi macrumors G3

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    A rather basic question but are you sure you're using TR (not TRS) 1/4" cables for the connection between the M-Audio interface and the monitors?
     
  3. Shasta macrumors member

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    I think you would be best off with some sort of Pre Amp or volume control. currently I have an old tape deck patched between my iPod and a pair of 1032s while maintenance is being done on the studio. If you have some money to spend I would look at the NHT PVC.

    The problem with going from unbalanced to balanced is that you will lose 6dB on every conversion between the two. You also will make your system more susceptible to induced noise.

    Shasta
     
  4. Sesshi macrumors G3

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    The 1029's accept an unbalanced signal. You need to have a TR cable plugged in though.
     
  5. ger tree thread starter macrumors newbie

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    connecting studio monitiors

    hello again,

    im using trs to xlr cables for the monitors.

    so if i go from the interface outs i should use tr jack to jacks ?

    what are the cons of going firewire for audio in and out versus firewire in and headphone jack out?

    (iv gained all my audio knowledge on analogue hardware and am new to firewire)

    multi-thanks
     
  6. Sesshi macrumors G3

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    Yes. I think that's where you're going wrong. You should be going unbalanced from the back of the computer to the monitors.

    I'm not sure exactly what you mean. If you're asking whether it would be better to use the headphone jack out instead of the soundcard, that's a no.
     
  7. ger tree thread starter macrumors newbie

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    i was advised to use balanced cables for the monitors but realise now that balanced cables dont make a signal from an unbalanced output balanced.

    thank you for the help.keep up the spreading of knowledge
     

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