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XLR --> phono adapter

Discussion in 'TAG McLaren Audio Owners' Forum' started by eisenach, Aug 25, 2005.

  1. eisenach

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    I've pîcked up cheap in Maplins a short "digital signal microphone" adapter cable with an XLR socket on one end and a phono plug on the other. Is there any electrical/wiring reason why I couldn't use it between my TAG CD transport and the AV32R? I wouldn't want any puffs of blue smoke!
     
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    You will have to check as when I had XLR to RCA cables made to connect my 250MRs to my AV32 there was a unique TMA way of wiring the cables which I had to have done specially. Im not sure if it only applys to the amps or if its the same for the other components as well :smashin:
     
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    Why do you need an adapter anyway? A digital phono to phono cable is what u need.
     
  4. eisenach

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    Ah,yes, but I've got one, and I'd like to try it providing it's not going to do any damage. Besides, it'll free up a cable that I can use elsewhere.

    Yes, I've heard that TAG had a different way of wiring up, which is why I'm asking here before I do any damage!
     
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    Just out of interest this thing about TAG having their own way of wiring XLRs seems to be correct.

    I used to go from my AV32 to my 250x3 using TAG RCA to XLR cables.

    When I changed to Brystons, they didn't work with the same cable, and in fact gave a loud buzzing sound.

    Can anyone explain this?
     
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    Hi Guys,
    I believe the original post is about XLR plugs used for digital AES/EBU signals, and everybody else is talking about XLR plugs used for balanced analogue signals.

    For analogue signals, you can change a XLR wiring to a phono wiring just by carefully joining terminals at one end (check this link http://www.vandenhul.com/artpap/wiring.htm and choose what applies to what you want to do).

    For digital signals it's not just that simple... it's not joining the terminals on one end of the cable, you'll need to have electronics to that for you, and generally it means a little bit more jitter in the chain.

    ...as you have a CDT20R and an AV32R, why don't you use two phono-phono cables? One for the S/PDIF digital connection, and another S/PDIF for the T2L link.
     
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    OOOPS... where it says "and another S/PDIF for the T2L link" should have said "... and another for the T2L link"

    I believe I saw something posted in this forum by one of the Gurus saying the T2L link should be a regular audio cable, not a 75Ohms S/PDIF cable, could any of the Gurus clarify this bit?
     
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    Well Im not a Guru but I can confirm that you should use a high quality analogue cable for Sync link :)
     
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    Yep analogue certainly as that is what the signal is....
     
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    Any reply to the original question?
    The xlr<->xlr cable involved was made by Mark Grant and works well. Now what about putting the phono adapter on the end and inputting to the AV32R: will it do any damage?
     
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    I think I would probably just take Steves advice :)
     
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    Have you the Maplin part number? I suspect even if it appears to work it won't do the signal integrity much justice, hence losing any benefits of a reasonable cable from a to b.
     
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    Have it re-terminated with the RCA properly? I also hate these adaptors as they can lead to interesting side effects even the decent ones from Canford etc.
     
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    I've looked - can't find a part number!
     

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