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Why is my stereo only mono?

Discussion in 'Recording' started by downflow, Jul 15, 2003.

  1. downflow

    downflow Guest

    I just got some msp5's off ebay. I plugged them into (out of?) my sound card, which has a single 3.5mm speaker output. Is there even a way to get stereo out of this? I ran a trs 1/4" adapter, then a 1/4" splitter then two TS cables to each monitor. Now If I pan right, the volume drops--pan left, it increases. Should I use TRS cables also instead of TS? If so, that doesn't really make sense to me.
     
  2. Guest

    It could be your y cable that is the problem. If it is a female jack at one end split into two TS male plugs, it is hard to tell whether the female end is TRS or just TS. If it is just TS that would create your problem. for a few bucks wander down to radio shack and get a y cable that is specifically labelled "stereo to 2 mono" or something similar and try that.

    If you really want to get ambitious you can buy one of their cheap multimeters so you can use an ohmeter to test all your cables and see if any of them are at fault.
     
  3. vinniesrs

    vinniesrs Active Member

    Hi downflow, I think littledog hit the nail on the head with your adapter. The jack inside your computer will be stereo, and there are special adapters sold for this purpose. That's really your best bet. Or, you could use an insert cable, if I understand you correctly that this is 14" output.

    You should not be taking your output signal from a speaker jack,(hopefully I've misunderstood) but rather from a line out. Is this what you meant?
     
  4. downflow

    downflow Guest

    Thanks LD. Actually it's a male split into two female, and I have been using them for two headphones, so they would have to be TRS, right? The splitter and cables are both fairly new, although I haven't tested them. Both of the speakers are producing sound. Do you think using TRS cables would help, or am I correct in assuming it shouldn't matter? Better yet let's assume all the components are good. Will this set-up even give me stereo monitoring?
     
  5. downflow

    downflow Guest

    Sorry Steve, I did mean the line out on the sound card, which is 3.5mm, but I am using a 3.5mm to 1/4" adapter, and so the splitter is 1/4" to 1/4". The back of the powered speakers have 1/4" and XLR inputs. I will look for the special adapter at Radio Shack. I appreciate the help, guys.

    Andy
     
  6. Guest

    in that case try getting one that is TRS male to two TS female.
     
  7. vinniesrs

    vinniesrs Active Member

    Not that I want to slam radio shack,(it's a very cool store)but I wouldn't say they are MR. Quality when it comes to prefab cables. If you want to DIY cool, but I thing I might go to a music store and get a digiflex insert patch. It's trs male to two ts male(if you weren't already aware of that :eek: ), and I thing it would offer you better quality audio, and shielding from a noisy computer. Also are the added benifits of repairability, hence longevity.

    Steve.
     
  8. downflow

    downflow Guest

    Sound like the insert patch would free up two cables. I wonder if they make 3.5mm male into two 1/4" male, or is that just too much to ask? :D I will check into it, and thanks again, guys.
     
  9. vinniesrs

    vinniesrs Active Member

    If you're good with a soldering iron you could modify a cable to suit your needs. That's what I do. Solder is cheaper than gas! :D
     
  10. downflow

    downflow Guest

    Steve,
    I haven't had any luck finding the digiflex insert patch, in a music store or website? Could you post a link, or give me a hint?
     
  11. vinniesrs

    vinniesrs Active Member

    Downflow:
    If you can't find a product made with digiflex cable, then just grab an decent insert. Hosa will do fine and they are just about everywhere. :D
     

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