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Speaker connector help needed

Discussion in 'Home Cinema Speakers' started by Jon Read, Feb 15, 2005.

  1. Jon Read

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    Hi everyone,

    My friend has just bought a pair of active M-Audio monitor speakers, he is using his PC as the output, no mixer. He has searched for ages for a adapter that will allow his soundcard to go direct to his speakers (as they are active). We have found 1 website in America that seems to sell the lead needed, but I have searched 100+ websites and this is the only one, which makes me wonder why ? Don't other people connect monitors to their PC ? Here is the lead he needs......

    Stereo 3.5mm jack (male) to 2 mono 1/4 inch jacks (female). As mentioned, I found only website to sell this lead (I am searching for him). As he is in the UK a UK site was preffered first. So I am just trying to find out if anyone here know A) If any UK sites sell this lead and B) Why it is such an unpopular lead ? There are sites that sell variations of that lead, but they would require a big to small adapter, etc, which he says degrades quality.

    Many thanks for any help !!
     
  2. jradley

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    Hi,

    I assume you mean 1/4 inch male jacks, right ?

    It is an unpopular cable because 3.5mm tends to be used on lower end consumer equipment (PC soundcards, portable stereos etc.) and 1/4 inch jacks tend to be used on semi-pro and pro audio equipment (mixing desks, effects processors etc.). The two rarely go together, but as in your friends case there are exceptions.

    If you want a UK supplier of a cable to do the job you could try VDC (http://www.vdctrading.com/products.asp?SubSectionID=9&Page=2). They supply cabling etc. to the pro audio industry.

    Alternatively, you could try using a big to small adapter. Unless you are talking about a very high end soundcard, which I suspect is unlikley given its output is on 3.5mm, the sound degradation due to the adapter is very unlikely to be detectable.

    Cheers,

    John
     
  3. eviljohn2

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    As has been said, you're unlikely to find this connection as one piece. There are plenty of ways of making the connection using some standard cables and an adaptor or 2.
     

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