#1
Hey guys, I have a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 and a pair of KRK Rokit 5s on the way

The interface has 2 "line outs" left and right, and each monitor has a TRS input, all of them 1/4"

I was wondering what type of cable I would use to connect these. Instrument cable, speaker cable, TRS cable (or are they the same), stereo, mono etc?

Thanks!
Last edited by danielbang at Jun 19, 2013,
#2
Balanced 1/4" cable (TRS).
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#4
Quote by danielbang
Are instrument and TRS cables the same?

Same in terms of composition etc....but 'instrument cable' usually means a mono (unbalanced) cable.

TRS = Stereo (two wires + ground wire)
TS = Mono (one wire plus ground wire)


Stereo cables can be used in two ways...either you can send a stereo signal down them as normal (like a pair of headphones), or you can send a mono signal down one, which greatly reduces noise thanks to some clever science.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Balanced_audio


Obviously with studio monitors you don't need a stereo signal since each speaker is mono. So when you use stereo cable with speakers, it's for that noise-cancelling effect.

If you use a mono instrument cable you will get sound from the speaker, but with potentially a lot of noise and unpleasant effects on the sound.
#5
Yep, pretty much what Kyle said - Great explanation!

You can use an instrument cable for now, but you'll likely want a pair of TRS cables in the future.
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#6
Quote by kyle62
Same in terms of composition etc....but 'instrument cable' usually means a mono (unbalanced) cable.

TRS = Stereo (two wires + ground wire)
TS = Mono (one wire plus ground wire)


Stereo cables can be used in two ways...either you can send a stereo signal down them as normal (like a pair of headphones), or you can send a mono signal down one, which greatly reduces noise thanks to some clever science.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Balanced_audio


Obviously with studio monitors you don't need a stereo signal since each speaker is mono. So when you use stereo cable with speakers, it's for that noise-cancelling effect.

If you use a mono instrument cable you will get sound from the speaker, but with potentially a lot of noise and unpleasant effects on the sound.


That makes a lot of sense, thanks for the help!
#7
Quote by MatrixClaw
Yep, pretty much what Kyle said - Great explanation!

You can use an instrument cable for now, but you'll likely want a pair of TRS cables in the future.


I'll go out to buy a pair very soon, thanks for the help