RCA, 1/4 Inch or XLR?

Discussion in 'Accessories / Connections' started by Steve Freeman, Sep 4, 2010.

  1. Hey guys,

    I'm new to the forum and semi-new to recording. I'm about to buy my first pair of monitors and I've been thinking about going with the Mackie MR8's. I noticed on the MR8's that there is input for RCA, 1/4 inch and XLR. My question is, which is the better of the three to use and why? I unfortunately have a low-budget Tascam US-144 and it only has RCA out however, I intend on upgrading my interface sometime in the near future. I record hip hop vocals and I make beats. My gear currently is:

    Interface: Tascam US-144

    Mixer: Mackie 1202 VLZ3

    Mics: Shure SM7B, Sterling Audio ST-51

    Preamp: Grace M101

    Midi: M-Audio 61es

    Drum Machine: Akai XR20
  2. Speedskater

    Speedskater Active Member

    Mar 23, 2010
    Cleveland Ohio
    Mechanically the XLR is a much better connector.
    Balanced interconnects like the XLR and 1/4 inch (TRS) avoid some system interface problems that un-balanced RCA phono have.

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