Mixer question.

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  1. RTH

    RTH Moderator Staff Member

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    I just bought a little Mackie Mix5 to be able to listen to playback from the computer and use my amp at the same time through headphones. It's working and all is good, but I have a cable question. I'm running the signal out of the headphone jacks from the computer and amp to the mixer. My quesstion is - should i use 3.5mm cables to a 1/4" adapter - or - 1/4" cables to a 3.5mm adapter? I can technically do it either way depending on where I want the adapter, but is one way better than the other? Any signal or quality loss? Does it even matter?

    I'm running usb from the amp directly to the computer, so recording quality isn't a factor. The mixer is only for combining the headphone/out signals on the computer and amp.
     
  2. Norton

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    You should get a cable that doesn’t need an adapter.

    Either of those adapters will put significant stress on the jack and you’ll likely end up with broken solder traces at the circuit board mount.

    Should be easy to get the exact cable you need.
     
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  3. RTH

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    That makes sense, I suppose.
     

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