Subwoofer to Monitors Cables

Discussion in 'Monitoring' started by Eqkingsley, May 12, 2012.

  1. Eqkingsley

    Eqkingsley Active Member

    May 12, 2012
    Hi, Im going to buy the KRK10s subwoofer to add to my Samson A8 studio monitors. I want to use XLR to XLR cables but the only ones i can find online are for use with microphones, why is this? Is it because the signal isn't amplified? Could you please recommend what type of cable i should be using for this? Thanks a lot
  2. Boswell

    Boswell Moderator Well-Known Member

    Apr 19, 2006
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    XLR-XLR cables are traditionally sold as "microphone cables", but in fact they are perfectly fine for high-level signals for equipment interconnects and, as in this case, line outputs feeding powered monitors. Don't put loudspeaker currents through them, though!
  3. Toothgrinder

    Toothgrinder Active Member

    May 5, 2012
    Oklahoma City, OK
    Why not make your own?

    XLR is a great connector and very robust. It's designed for mic/line level, but why not use it for speaker level? Just use thicker wire!

    Become good buddies with your soldering iron.
  4. matthewfreedaudio

    matthewfreedaudio Active Member

    May 28, 2012
    Los Angeles
    I'm not familiar with the Samson A8 monitors but from a quick Google search it looks like they are active monitors. Is that correct? If so, you are absolutely fine using a standard XLR mic cable between your sub and the monitors...assuming the signal out from your sub is NOT an amplified signal but is a standard line level signal.

    If the A8 monitors are passive and you have an external amp and you are connecting the amp to the speakers then you need speaker cable (it is a different gauge and resistence than a mic cable). In this scenario you would use a standard mic/line XLR cable from the sub to the amp and speaker cable from the amp to the speakers.

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