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Old 17th February 2012, 03:41 PM   #1
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Hi there.

I have a PA / Disco set up which is currently a Numark CDJ / Mixer all-in-one combo going into a Behringer crossover using 2 amps going to 2 tops and 2 bass speakers. This is using the master phono out on the desk.

I now want to add 2 powered speakers to the set up. I have purchased 2 powered speakers and hoped to use the record out from the desk (also a phono connection) to send the output straight to the 2 powered speakers as I don't need an amp etc

Is there a type of speaker lead that I can get that will allow me to use 1 phono output to power 2 seperate powered speakers?

Any help is much appreciated!

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Old 17th February 2012, 03:55 PM   #2
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and hoped to use the record out from the desk
Leads aside for a minute, won't this be a constant level out so the mixer will not raise or lower the volume of your powered speakers?
Perhaps use a Y connector after your mixer and before your amps to send part of the signal to the powered speakers and adjust the gain accordingly?
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Old 17th February 2012, 04:01 PM   #3
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Hi. Thanks for the reply.

I am not sure...I thought it would give the same output as the master. It has worked ok when using it going into other amps in the past.

Is there a better way do you think or am I looking at a new desk?

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If you use two $5 Y cables for the left and right you will have the same signal into the two speakers on each channel. If the speakers have a volume control, or one of them does, then you are fine. If the speakers do not have volume control and you don't like the volume balance that results, you need a mixer to set different levels. You can build a passive mixer using pototentiometers to turn one output down, or buy an active one with separate master and monitor volume outputs and controls. The second solution will be heavier and more expensive. However if one speaker has better bass or treble than the other, then it might be useful to buy a mixer with tone controls to make the master and monitor feeds from different frequencies.
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It has worked ok when using it going into other amps in the past.
That's fine, perhaps I misunderstood what you meant by "record out". That to me is a constant level output. If it's a variable out and it works, go for it. Your powered speakers will have an independent gain so they can be balanced to your mains.

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Is there a better way do you think or am I looking at a new desk?
Only you know if you are happy with it or not.
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Old 18th February 2012, 04:46 PM   #6
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That is great, thank you.

I have found the Y splitter cables so will use.those.

Each speaker has gain/master and basic EQ dials so that should be ok.

The speakers alao have output xlr connections so I should be able to link the 2 that way?

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Old 18th February 2012, 04:54 PM   #7
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Up close pictures of the back or name of speakers please.
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Old 18th February 2012, 06:07 PM   #8
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2 of those.

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Old 18th February 2012, 06:19 PM   #9
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From reading the owners manual online, The XLR "out" is for daisy chaining. This particular speaker sums the input so you only have to use one speaker. So... if you are going to use them for stereo, and plan to use the RCA inputs just use a Y adapter at the exit from the mixer (to hook up both your amplifier and the powered speakers) and another Y adapter at the back of each speaker so you are using both left and right inputs.

If you want to use the speakers as mono, then you can cut down the number of Y cables by running both channels to the back of one speaker and run an XLR over to the other.
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Excellent. Thank you very much!!
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