difference between speaker cables and instrument
Posted on Jan 11, 2005 09:00 pm
Member Since: Dec 18, 2004
what is the difference? will using one in place of the other cause issues? permanent damage?
also what is a "trs" 1/4 inch and should i get that instead if it just means higher quality?
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WaltChief Cook and Bottle WasherMember
Jan 11, 2005 09:48 pm Speaker cables are made to carry high current and have less shielding than instrument cables. I would recommend not exchanging them.
Since: May 10, 2002
TR and TRS come from old telephone switch operaters. TR or Tip Ring is a two conductor cord. TRS or Tip, Ring, Sleve is a three conductor cord. They have different uses per the design of the equipement you are using. TRS is not a statement of better quality.
Jan 12, 2005 12:41 pm i've always had the understanding that using a TRS cables with TS jacks, sends a redundant signal 180 degrees outta phase which has noise cancelation properties....i've alwayse tried to use balanced cables in my chain whenever possible. it gets expensive though!! i just spent $70 on cables last night to wire up my patchbay. in any case if you're using TS, try to use the shortest ones you have.
TadpuiI am not a crook's headMember
Jan 12, 2005 12:55 pm This is the way I understand it:
Since: Mar 14, 2003
TRS cables can carry a balanced signal. However, the redundant signal is a characteristic of balanced jacks, not of the cables themselves. If plugged into an unbalanced jack, a TRS cable will still only carry a signal on 1 conductor, just like it was a TS cable.
Jan 12, 2005 01:22 pm i think you might be right there Tadpui, that makes sense to me.
Noize2uCzar of MidiAdministrator
Jan 12, 2005 10:35 pm And honestly, the only real reason to use balanced cables when patching is if it is a very noisey environment, lots of AC current, power supplies near it and longer cable runs. All my bays and racks are wired with TS even though they will accept TRS. I have taken the time to insure everything is loomed and away from any noise causing area's. And I have not suffered any extra noise at all.
Since: Apr 04, 2002
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