Hooking up to monitors

Discussion in 'Digital Audio' started by iamhammill, Apr 24, 2007.

  1. iamhammill macrumors 6502


    Feb 20, 2006
    York, PA
    I saw several people in the picture gallery that have their setups connected to monitors. I have a pair of Rokit that I want to hook up to my MacBook.

    I went to my music store and bought a 1/8th inch to 1/4th, but the signal was wacked. I guess the output on the MacBook is unbalanced, and the monitors are balanaced?

    I ended up hooking them up with the unbalanced RCA jacks on the back of the monitors, and its sounds fine now, but I'm not sure I'm missing something by going from balanced to unbalanced.

    Is there some trick to hooking up powered monitors to your MacBook?
  2. zimv20 macrumors 601


    Jul 18, 2002
    a lot of people, myself included, like having hardware control (especially a volume knob) between the two. the presonus central station seems popular, but i've not used it and cannot attest to its qualities.

    i use a coleman m3ph, and i love it. cheaper options include the NHT PVC and the a-designs ATTY. as with the CS, i've not used either of those two.
  3. sangamc macrumors newbie

    Mar 22, 2006
    any decent usb or firewire audio interface wil solve your problem right away. m-audio has some great ones that do not hurt your finances

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