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    Can I connect these speakers to each other?

    Hi,

    I own a JBL Partybox 300 and a pair of M-audio BX8 D2 speakers, and I wonder if its possible to connect these speakers to each other?

    The JBL Partybox has RCA outputs and the M-audio speakers has TRS and XLR, but I donít know if its only output or if it works as input as well.
    So does anyone know if its possible to connect these with a RCA-TRS/XLR cable? 🙂

    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by AvidBirch View Post
    Hi,

    I own a JBL Partybox 300 and a pair of M-audio BX8 D2 speakers, and I wonder if its possible to connect these speakers to each other?

    The JBL Partybox has RCA outputs and the M-audio speakers has TRS and XLR, but I don’t know if its only output or if it works as input as well.
    So does anyone know if its possible to connect these with a RCA-TRS/XLR cable? ��

    Thanks
    Looks like the partybox has RCA outs, and the speaker support XLR or TRS input(only).

    You will need (2) RCA to XLR cables.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shoot summ View Post
    Looks like the partybox has RCA outs, and the speaker support XLR or TRS input(only).

    You will need (2) RCA to XLR cables.

    https://www.amazon.com/TISINO-Stereo...s%2C184&sr=8-5
    Oh okay thanks. So if I get 2 cables RCA to XLR, will I get sound on the speakers or not? Would be cool if I could play via bluetooth to the partybox and also get sound on the M-audio speakers...


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    Quote Originally Posted by AvidBirch View Post
    Oh okay thanks. So if I get 2 cables RCA to XLR, will I get sound on the speakers or not? Would be cool if I could play via bluetooth to the partybox and also get sound on the M-audio speakers...


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    The Partybox has RCA outputs, I assume it will send the bluetooth signal over the wire, you will need to dig around in the manual to make sure.

    If it does, then the signal is going to the speakers, they are amplified from what I saw on a search, so they should play whatever signal is coming in through the input jacks.

    Probably the only way to tell for certain is to get the cables and try it.
    Last edited by shoot summ; 09-10-2020 at 04:45 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AvidBirch View Post
    Oh okay thanks. So if I get 2 cables RCA to XLR
    RCA is not balanced. XLR is balanced. TRS is sometimes balanced & sometimes it's not balanced.

    If the equipment came with 6.35mm (1⁄4") TRS cables that only have one black ring on the tips it's not balanced. If there are two black rings it's balanced.

    RCA to 6.35mm (1⁄4") TRS is better than RCA to XLR. But my guess would be both the TRS input and the XLR input are both supposed to be a balanced signal. If that's the case you need a converter.

    For RCA to XLR you should use a mixer or an audio level converter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Windows 95 View Post
    RCA is not balanced. XLR is balanced. TRS is sometimes balanced & sometimes it's not balanced.

    If the equipment came with 6.35mm (1⁄4") TRS cables that only have one black ring on the tips it's not balanced. If there are two black rings it's balanced.

    RCA to 6.35mm (1⁄4") TRS is better than RCA to XLR. But my guess would be both the TRS input and the XLR input are both supposed to be a balanced signal. If that's the case you need a converter.

    For RCA to XLR you should use a mixer or an audio level converter.
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    Thanks for your answer.
    Thatís what I was afraid of... so I guess I have to do some research on which cables I should get then.

    The equipment didnít come with any cables, I have bought the cables I have right now afterwards. Right now Iím using balanced TRS cables from the speakers to a soundcard. But if Iím not wrong I think itís possible to use un-balanced TRS with those speakers too but Iíll have to look it up...

    But if thatís the case, it should work with a normal RCA cable from the Partybox to un-balanced TRS cable to the speakers, right? And if it only works with balanced TRS, Iíll have to buy a converter?


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    RCA to XLR with nothing connected to Pin3 in the XLR connector should work just fine, there is no difference electrically or sonically between XLR or TRS connectors as long as the signals appear on the correct pins.
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