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Unbalanced stereo TRS to single balanced connector

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Posted · Original PosterOP

Hi all,

 

So firstly I am not an audio connections whizz so apologies if this is a silly question but...

 

Its a bit unconventional but I got some studio monitors and a Q802 mixer on the cheap and want to use the mixer to allow me to play back music from my PC, Bluetooth devices (using 3.5mm BT receiver) and my Echo. Issue is that each of these devices I understand to output an unbalanced stereo signal where the mixer accepts one balanced/unbalanced mono input or two balanced/unbalanced inputs for stereo. I would like to maintain the stereo sound where possible so would it be possible to use a 1/8th inch TRS (stereo unbalanced) to dual 1/4 inch TS (mono unbalanced) connectors? Is there a way to use a single connector for unbalanced stereo rather than balanced mono?

 

I have tried connecting the output of my computer to the input of the mixer but there is obviously the audio distortion created from it trying to balance the two stereo tracks against each other.

 

I have tried to search on forums but don't know if I am the only one trying this or if I am just not searching for the right thing

 

Feel free to tell me its a stupid idea but any feedback would be much appreciated. Also if any further details would help please let me know

 

Many thanks

Alex

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Hi,

 

this should be the correct one I think:

https://www.thomann.de/gb/pro_snake_tpy_2030_kpp.htm?ref=cg_cg_6_3_n_0

Did you use one of those?

You need to go into line 3/4.

 

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Posted · Original PosterOP
3 hours ago, AndreasS said:

Hi,

 

this should be the correct one I think:

https://www.thomann.de/gb/pro_snake_tpy_2030_kpp.htm?ref=cg_cg_6_3_n_0

Did you use one of those?

You need to go into line 3/4.

 

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Hi Andreas,

 

Thanks for the quick reply. That was type of cable I was thinking of but thought I'd check before pulling the trigger. You think it'd work? Is there any way to use lines 1 and 2?

 

Alex

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40 minutes ago, 259844_1454182107 said:

Hi Andreas,

 

Thanks for the quick reply. That was type of cable I was thinking of but thought I'd check before pulling the trigger. You think it'd work? Is there any way to use lines 1 and 2?

 

Alex

It is really made for microphone. I would not recommend it. I would otherwise try out the track section with the RCA Jacks. Normally it should be easy to get a 3,5 mm Jack to RCA Cable.


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18 hours ago, 259844_1454182107 said:

Hi Andreas,

 

Thanks for the quick reply. That was type of cable I was thinking of but thought I'd check before pulling the trigger. You think it'd work? Is there any way to use lines 1 and 2?

 

Alex

Don't buy the Pro Snake cable, it's utter garbage. Get the Cordial. This is the 3 m variant, but you can get it to up to 6 m.

 

You can use Channels 1&2 on the mixer, but only for one stereo signal. Pan the first channel all the way to the left, the second all the way to the right, make sure all the other pots are set exactly the same (on Channel 1 and 2). Compressor should be disabled. The black jack has to be in channel 1, the one marked red in channel 2. This should work just fine, but you should use the master to control the level.

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On 9/22/2020 at 8:48 PM, 259844_1454182107 said:

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I used to use that mixer and the best way to get PC Audio in is to use the RCA 2 Track input for your PC.

 

Now, As for Pro Snake vs Cordial, I have a storage bin prettymuch full of Pro Snake cables, they've been heavily used but not abused and none of them have failed on me, the only cable I've had die on me out of that bin was a custom Neutrik 7pin cable that came with a boutique studio mic I bought a while back. For sure Pro Snake aren't the highest quality cables but they do the job and they do it proper.


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9 hours ago, The Flying Sloth said:

Now, As for Pro Snake vs Cordial, I have a storage bin prettymuch full of Pro Snake cables, they've been heavily used but not abused and none of them have failed on me, the only cable I've had die on me out of that bin was a custom Neutrik 7pin cable that came with a boutique studio mic I bought a while back. For sure Pro Snake aren't the highest quality cables but they do the job and they do it proper.

No, they don't. The Pro Snake 3.5 mm to 2x 1/4" is just bad. If you have no personal experience with this variant, don't try to defend it.

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2 hours ago, HenrySalayne said:

No, they don't. The Pro Snake 3.5 mm to 2x 1/4" is just bad. If you have no personal experience with this variant, don't try to defend it.

Yeah, absolutely agree, the reviews show just how terrible it is, besides, I haven't bought literally cable they make yet so I really shouldn't be speaking on the subject......
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32 minutes ago, The Flying Sloth said:

Yeah, absolutely agree, the reviews show just how terrible it is, besides, I haven't bought literally cable they make yet so I really shouldn't be speaking on the subject......

Have you bought this particular variant? You don't have to defend something, just because some other product from the same brand wasn't bad. I've never said "don't buy any Pro Snake cable", I specifically said "don't buy this Pro Snake cable". And there are several good reasons to buy another cable:

- the 3.5mm plug is tragically bad; the tip is too small and will slip out of any jack easily; the shaft is too thick and won't fit sometimes. Any kind of protective cover or case will stop you from using this plug.

- the cable is way to thick and heavy for the small 3.5 mm jack and it may damage your device.

- the y-split is not down the line near the 2x 1/4" plugs, but right behind the 3.5 mm plug. If you buy the 6 m variant, you will get two 5.8 m long individual leads from the y-split to the 1/4" plugs.

The complete lineup of these cables is - as I said before - utter garbage and should be avoided. I bought several dozen cables of this type in the past years and I thouroughly regret some where the Pro Snake variant.

Here is a picture of a side by side comparison of the 1.5 m variants of Cordial on the left and Pro Snake on the right:

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