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Do I need to purchase another 3.5mm to 1/4” Mono TS cable? I want to use the speakers to play music from my phone with the chord going to my phone then to the speakers.
Not gonna work. These are intended to work with a power amplifier that is compatible with powered speakers. If you want to play music through your phone, you will need to by a digital-to-analog converter (DAC) electronic component that will translate the computer format music to an analog stream, them pump it through these speakers. And these speakers will not work with just ANY DAC. You need a DAC with the proper output jacks at the rear of the component. It's not as easy as just getting a cord with different sized jacks on the ends. You will blow out the speakers and/or fry your phone.
Would you be able to find one that will work? I'm not familiar with speakers.
Will I be able to find one? I already have these (or ones substantially similar), and an amplifier/DAC combo that works well. What you are looking for is a BALANCED amplifier. They sell them all the time here on Massdrop. This is the one I got and it sounds terrific with these speakers: https://www.massdrop.com/buy/34838
Here is another one by Topping: https://www.massdrop.com/buy/topping-dx7
Look at the rear panel on these speakers--there are TWO different kinds of jacks. Then look at the back panel of the TEAC component linked here. I use the multi-pronged microphone jacks with integrated cables (cords). Cables with integrated jacks sold separately on Amazon, eBay, Guitar Center, possibly BestBuy. Totally worth the investment.
Keep in mind, these are POWERED speakers--meaning, they plug into a wall with their own separate power cords. The stereo I had when I was a kid had an integrated power amp inside the receiver, and the speakers were PASSIVE--meaning, all you did was connect the non-electric wire from the receiver to the speaker without plugging the speakers into the wall. BIG difference, so these speakers will not work with most of the stuff you see on Amazon or at BestBuy.
Balanced is probably better, no experience here, but wouldn't a dac with pre outs be sufficient? Of course along with an rca cable pair...
Edit, the description says it comes with a 3.5mm trs cable to 1/4". So it can be run right off a phone. Not the best, but can be done out of the box.
So essentially I need a balanced amplifier ? Then I'll need multi pronged microphone jacks with integrated cables ?
To use with THESE speakers, yes.
No, you do not need an amplifier. The other dude has no idea what he’s talking about. If you have a noisy or crappy DAC, you may feel like upgrading to an external one, but these are self-powered. They do not require any form of amplifier. A little Lexicon Alpha interface would not be a bad idea.
I'm only trying to use these speakers to play music through my phone, and I still need the amplifier etc?
No, you don't necessarily need any of that stuff. The 305's will work plenty fine with single ended inputs to the TRS jacks (the adapter cable this pair comes with is all you need to plug your phone in to them).
If I wanted them to go to my computer, the cord that comes with it, I still be able to do that correct ?
Sure thing. It will work as long as your computer has a headphone or line out jack. The balanced DAC others mentioned is sure nice to have but definitely not required to use these (awesome) monitors.
Would it go to the monitor, or the computer box itself ?
To the box itself, you'll probably have a jack on the back of the tower and maybe one on the front too. If your monitor has a headphone jack you _could_ use that too, but the one on the back would be the better choice.
Thanks for all your help, much aprreciated!
Fine, dude. It's on you. I have a similar JBL speaker, not this exact one, and I am pretty confident that I could not attach my phone directly to my speakers without causing some damage.
Dude, you seriously don't know what you're talking about. @Chevyguy be rest assured, you can use this directly with your phone. Every phone that is sold includes a DAC chip on it by default. Why? because when you connect headphones or any audio out, you want to be able to hear something. If there was no DAC chip, there would be nothing to process the sound and you wouldn't hear anything. Obviously, DAC chips inside phones aren't necessarily the best, and hence the huge market for external DAC's.
@Chevyguy since these are powered monitors, you need to only connect your phone with the correct cable and they will work just fine. As good as an external DAC? Maybe/maybe not, but if you're a casual listener, you'll be hard pressed to find a difference.
With regards to what kind of cable you need, since this is a set of two speakers, you need a 3.5 mm TRS to 6.35 (M+M) cable. This will carry stereo audio and terminate in L and R channels. Already included in the box.
If you're curious, this is what such a cable looks like: https://www.ghentaudio.com/part/d10.html
Thanks man, very detailed and helpful! Appreciate you taking your time to write up the post!
I have had these speakers, LSR305s, for three years. They are self-powered. If desired, you need nothing but a cable to get a signal to them. Many, however, do use an audio interface as an external DAC for a cleaner sound and recording purposes, but these are by no means necessary for everyday use. If they required an amplifier, as you say, they wouldn’t “cause some damage;” you just couldn’t connect them without going from the phone/laptop into a receiver/amplifier and then on to the speakers to power them. If I am wrong (which I know I am not as the title itself even says “Powered Speakers” and I have had these for three years), he would just need to buy some extra stuff after he gets them. If you are wrong (which you are), he may end up wasting money on something he cannot return. I’m not even sure what your point was as you kind of contradict yourself. You even say yourself that they are self-powered but then immediately say that he needs a balanced amplifier; these are contradictory statements.
Dude, what are you talking about?!.....LOL!
You can use these with your phone! To put it into a understandable format...:
The AMPs and DACs that @dpj1 is talking about is when you wanna go "fancy" and run the speakers at their max, with clear sound and maybe a little more bass...other than that...when plugged into you phone you will get sound out of them. ;)
You can buy an adapter. I do that for my Mackie HR824's
I’m a noob but how can you plug the ghentaudio cable into each speaker? The split is only a couple of inches long. I guess this just an example. If you could provide additional info on a decent cable. Thanks.
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