How to Connect JBL Studio Monitors MP

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  1. ThinkingMac macrumors member

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    You have several options. Go down to your local music creation store and check them out. Some are a lot cheaper than others.
     
  3. amik macrumors regular

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    If you are looking to eliminate sources of noise from the signal path, I'd consider running optical out of the mac pro to an external DAC. Then you have a clean analog signal to take to the JBL monitors or any other external audio system.

    There are tons of DAC options out there from bargain $100 units up to the $$$$ high end. I can give you some ideas if you are interested in going that route.
     
  4. ThinkingMac thread starter macrumors member

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    Great, sounds like the way forward. What model you go for in the $3-500 range ?

    Thanks for the help
     
  5. amik macrumors regular

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    Right at $299, the KECES DA-131 is the first model that comes to mind. They sell through ebay and have a good reputation.

    You might be able to find a musical fidelity X-DACv3 used for under $500.

    I personally just bought the Zero DAC, which is getting some attention over on head-fi. Apparently with a simple swap out of opamps, you can have a very nice DAC on your hands for less than $200. I have not received mine yet, so I can't give a first hand account. I plan on running it's preamp output to a Little Dot MKII tube headphone amp.

    Head-fi and DIYaudio are good sources of first hand experiences with a bunch of different DACs.
     
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    Good catch, I missed that. Quick google search yielded this http://www.hdtvhookup.com/tooptococodi.html as a possible converter.

    I'd look for some reviews of the JBL's and see what people are using. I'm betting most are using the balanced XLR connectors.
     
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    Obtain a toslink to coax converter (about $75)
    ie: Mac > toslink > converter > digital coax > speaker
     
  9. hakuryuu macrumors 6502

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    I have these exact same monitors for my setup. I am currently running S/PDIF from my PC(eventually will be a Mac Pro) and also have the option of using the optical out from my MBP. I have both sources going into a Firestone Audio Spitfire DAC with the SUPPLIER power supply for it then into a small tube pre amp from the same company and finally to the monitors. Sounds excellent.
     
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    Great monitors. I use them in a 5.1 surround setup. I would have loved to connect them digitally (AES/EBU), but could not find an affordable solution with six channels of audio; also, to use the subwoofer's bass management capabilities in a 5.1 setup, the five main channels need to enter the subwoofer as analog signals. So instead I went with the Echo AudioFire8, an excellent unit. Can be had for 400 to 500 Dollars.

    Prior to that, I tried to connect the monitors with the M-Audio FireWire 410, but that didn't work too well. I assume the lack of balanced line-outs on the M-Audio interface was to blame.

    Enjoy those great speakers!

    - Martin
     
  11. ThinkingMac thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks to everyone

    Hi All

    Thanks to everyone. I have pushed the button on the Mac Pro and the JBL's with PS Audio Digital Link III DAC. I only need 2 channels as the system is for editing News Video, and boy do they know how to charge for 5 or 7 channels !!!

    Now hoping that Apple update the 30" ACD's in the weeks I have to wait for the Mac Pro and 8800GT Card. Now off to Iraq until March so hopefully Apple will make-my-day and stop me from going to Dell for 3 x 30" screens.
     
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    So I take it the subwoofer is as good as the monitors? Because I was thinking about getting it.
     
  13. AviationFan macrumors 6502a

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    No complaints from me. I would say if you already have or are thinking about getting JB 4300 series speakers, adding the 4312 subwoofer is a very good choice. It plays very nicely with the other speakers (i.e. the "room mode control" feature) and serves as the bass management system for the five other guys. I am very happy with it.

    - Martin
     

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