XLR reference speaker hookup to MacPro help

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by HCK, Feb 1, 2008.

  1. HCK macrumors newbie

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    I need to hook up 2 reference speakers that have XLR and 1/4" jacks on the back to my MacPro. Since the MP has a 1/8 jack and Digital out options, would I need to run the digital out to a mixer and then connect the speakers via XLR?

    Got any ideas?
     
  2. slu macrumors 68000

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    As far as I know, you answered your own question. 1/8 inch out to mixer and in via two mono 1/4 inch cables (I have one of these cable for hooking my 8 track into my Mac, but it will work the other way as well). Then probably 2 1/4 mono outs to XLR....depending on your mixer.

    Something like this (but not necessarily Monster, it was just the easiest to find online).

    I don't know if there are are mixers that will take in optical audio. I'd imagine there would be, but that they would be more expensive.
     
  3. HCK thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Digital mixers will accept digital audio in. Thanks for the help! I wanted to make sure I was on the right track.
     
  4. AviationFan macrumors 6502a

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    Or, if you want to make the best use out of your reference speakers, get an audio interface (USB or FireWire, or even a PCI card). Look for one with balanced XLR or TRS (phone plug) line outs. Even the cheaper ones should easily outperform the Mac's built-in line-out, which - let's face it - wasn't designed for high-end audio work.

    [Edited to add: Oh, now I see you want to run a digital out to the mixer. I guess that's a little different, and with good DACs in your mixer I guess you should be fine.]

    - Martin
     

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