JBL lsr305 with Focusrite or onboard audio

Discussion in 'Digital Audio' started by waloshin, Jul 29, 2017.

  1. waloshin macrumors 68040

    waloshin

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    I am picking up some JBL lsr305 studio monitors. I have a gigabyte h270 gaming 3 with the Sound Blaster X-Fi MB5+ALC 1220 120dB SNR HD Audio which I hear is quite good.

    Will I see any benefit from using a Focusrite 2i2 or something similar compared to my built in audio?

    I also transfer audio cassettes to digital. Would I see a benefit using the Focusrite 2i2 in that area as well?

    Thanks
     
  2. xb2003 macrumors 6502

    xb2003

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    You probably wouldn't notice much of a difference in any of those ares. The one advantage of using the focusrite would be balanced connections between the speakers and computer, which can reduce noise.
     
  3. waloshin thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Currently I have a stereo 3.5mm connected to a 1/4" TSR into my JBL 305. Because it is a stereo cable my monitor was playing both right and left channels and sounded very weird. Right now I have pulled out the 3.5mm a bit out so I only get one channel, but all I hear hear is the tweeter the kids and vocals are barley present.

    Is that caused by using the wrong cable?
     
  4. xb2003 macrumors 6502

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    If you are using 1/8" TRS (3.5mm) to 1/4" TRS, the right channel is 180 degrees out of phase and everything that is center panned (Vocals) is getting canceled out.

    If you don't have an audio interface, you need a 1/8" TRS to dual 1/4" TS cable.
     
  5. waloshin thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Would running the speaker like that cause any damage?
     
  6. xb2003 macrumors 6502

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    With an 1/8" TRS to 1/4" TRS? No you wouldn't damage anything.. it'll just sound like crap.
     

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