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The letters TRS stand for Tip, Ring, and Sleeve, and refer to the parts of the jack plug that the different conductors are connected to. A TRS cable has three conductors vs the two on a standard guitar cable. A guitar cable is a TS, or Tip Sleeve cable.

Female TRS wall jack for a speaker connection?

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5 months 3 weeks
Hi, I'm currently wiring up a couple of panels for a wall in a studio sound booth. The panels are already loaded with female XLR and female horizontal TRS jacks. I would like to designate one of the 1/4" TRS jacks for an amplifier to speaker cabinet connection.
Can I use one of these existing female 1/4" TRS jacks for a speaker connection if I wire it with two conductor stranded 16 awg? Or will I need to replace the jack specifically with a speaker 1/4" jack?
The remaining jacks will be wired with shielded three conductor 22 awg.

Audio card INPUTS : Which is better? 1/4" TRS and TS or SPDIF (coax digital)

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4 years 11 months
Which do you think is better for audio card INPUTS (not outputs):

1/4" TRS and TS
SPDIF (coax digital)

1. The balanced input jack on the audio card is rated at being 104 to around 107 dBA SNR.

2. We all know the SPDIF input is basically digital 1's and 0's.

3. Both inputs are 24-bit / 44khz or 48khz

So.. which one do you think might be better or worse?

Would they sound different.. and if so, then how?

TRS or TS?

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5 years 11 months
Greetings Everyone,

I'm fairly new to this, & just have a quick cable question..

Just got a mackie CFX20 (good deal), I've already got an M-Audio Firewire 1814 which then connects into Logic.

I'm looking at getting patch cables to run the individual tracks from the Mackie into the M-Audio.
The Mackie mainly just provides more XLR inputs for mics.. The M-Audio just has 2 XLR & 8 1/4 inch.

Not sure if I should get TRS or TS.. any suggestions?


Replacing T4F with TRS connector-- Pinout questions

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7 years 10 months
I'm doing a little experiment with live-streaming video from a moving car. I'm looking at using this microphone up in the sun visor, and connecting it to this mixer/audio interface [URL=link removed XENYX 302USB which will then be connected to my laptop via usb and narrowcasted to the internet over mobile broadband.

Problem is with the Shure microphone, it's got a T4F connector, and the mixer/audio interface does not accept that connector.

XLR to TRS cable and phantom power

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8 years
Hi i found a good deal on a pair of XLR female - TRS cables. I need the for my vocal and acoustic condenser mics . Some people say it doesn't matter if it is XLR or TRS they are both the same but i have read TRS jacks don't support phantom power. So should i stay away from XLR - TRS cables for my condenser mics?

Unbalanced or Balanced TRS Cable for Studio?

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8 years 10 months
Hi, so I've got a Line6 Pod Studio UX2 (audio interface), and I'm getting a pair of Yamaha HS50M Studio Monitors. Can somebody look the two up and try to figure out what cables I need to hook the two up? Is it two TRS cables? Balanced? Unbalanced?

Thanks in advance!

What do you think about the HS50M Monitors?

Standard TRS vs Longframe/Military TRS

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21 years
I'm looking at this:
[[url=http://[/URL]="…"]Redco Audio - Custom Audio Cables - Recording Studio Supplies - Custom A/V Panels - Signex Isopatch TRS/DSUB Patchbay[/]="…"]Redco Audio - Custom Audio Cables - Recording Studio Supplies - Custom A/V Panels - Signex Isopatch TRS/DSUB Patchbay[/]
What is the difference between standard and longframe?

Tascam MS-16 VS TRS 8

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10 years 10 months
I was wondering what I can expect sound wise between the 2, the TRS is in better shape, the MS-16 comes with the remote and meters W/ no dbx stuff. They are both going to cost about 500 when said and done. I just plan on using 8 tracks anyways but I would not might the ability to track a full band to tape


Are TRS cables and "Speaker Cables" the same?

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14 years 2 months
Hello all,

I just wanted to ask if TRS cables are the exactly the same as "Speaker Cables?" Speaker cables that you would normally use to hook your studio monitors to your audio interface.

Also, are these the same cables that should be used between a guitar amp head and the cabinet?

Thanks for the advice!