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Old January 9th, 2006, 10:13 AM   #1
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How do I connect my studio monitors to my laptop?

Ok, I'm new to the whole audio thing. I just picked up a couple M-Audio BX5a's for my laptop (since the headphones I was using were totally fooled me).

They come with power cords and that's it and I don't know how to hook these things up. Do I have to buy a mixer? If so, could someone recommend a good cheap one for me to pick up.

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Old January 9th, 2006, 11:01 AM   #2
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Here's some things I'm looking at, at B&H right now. I don't know how to use a mixer, but I probably could use a preamp:

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...ughType=search

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...ughType=search

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...goryNavigation

I'm hoping to get some fast feedback because I'd like to order something today and get it here asap. I promise I'll read a good book on audio before my next project, so I won't have to ask questions like this again.
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Old January 9th, 2006, 12:56 PM   #3
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Ok, I've made some real progress. I just have one last question if someone can swoop in here before I have to make my order at B&H.

After doing some searching I've settled on the Firewire 410. Now, B&H recommends 1/4" phone cable with my monitors, but the manual says I should use TRS cables. Is there a difference... if so, what cables should I buy for connecting the two?
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Old January 9th, 2006, 01:10 PM   #4
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The TRS "Tip-ring-sleeve" cable (3-conductor "stereo" cable) This is a balanced cable just like the XLR. You can use either one as long as they are balanced.

http://www.tweakheadz.com/all_about_cables.htm
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Old January 9th, 2006, 01:38 PM   #5
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Thanks for responding... I have one more question. I'll read that link that you gave me later. My question is: If I have two speakers and I'm going to be plugging them into my Firewire 410 separately, do I want to use "stereo" cables or the mono TS cables?
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Old January 9th, 2006, 01:58 PM   #6
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Wow Thats a cool toy. I was thinking about doing the same thing but I been using my live gig system to get the same audio efx although it's 2000+ watts. OK I don't know what M-Audio BX5a's are so I am taking a shot at this. I use unbalanced 1/4 inch to the speakers from my crossover because they are Peavey 1820s cabs. I would say mono TS cables. Look at the manual you have with the unit for hookup. Hope this helps...

http://www.m-audio.com/products/en_u...410-focus.html
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Old January 9th, 2006, 02:21 PM   #7
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I have the 410 + BX5a setup. I use these TRS (1/4") cables from B&H:

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...cessory_detail

You'll need one for each speaker and they will plug into line output 1 and 2 of the 410.
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Old January 9th, 2006, 02:42 PM   #8
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Now how cool is this. I have helped a little and got a big answer to a problem I have been wanting to fix. I have all this live gear and was going to downsize to save room. Thanks fellow DVers...
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Old January 9th, 2006, 05:54 PM   #9
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Thanks John and Sheila. That cable on B&H is the the one in the recommended accessories with the speakers. If they work for you, then that's what I'll get. That saves me some money because the cables called "TRS" at B&H are real expensive... like $25 for a three foot cable.

Well, I've learned a lot today.
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