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XLR Cables: Mackie Pro12FX non-powered mixer to Samson R6a Rubicon Active Monitors


Hey Gang!
My Mackie Pro12 FX non-powered mixer has two XLR outlets (male) that I would like to hook-up to a pair of Samson R6a Rubicon Active Monitors with XLR inputs (female) to be used as a practice room for vocals and pre-recorded sountracks lto use like a PA practice room.
I want to use balanced speaker cords with XLR connectors. Are there special speaker cords XLR (male/female) for that use and/or will 20'-25' microphone cords with XLR connectors (male/female) work?
The mixer isn't powered nor do I have a power amp to plug the Mackie XLR outputs (male) to.
Any advice?
What cables are proper?
Advantages and/or disadvantages to using balanced XLR cable?
Best wishes,
September 12, 2012 @04:12am

Yes, regular microphone cables will work fine. "Speaker" cables are typically to connect the outputs of an amplifier to the inputs of a speaker, and are usually two conductors, no shield. The connection from your mixer to a pair of powered speakers is a line-level connection, so normal XLR cables are exactly what you need.
September 12, 2012 @12:56pm

Thanks so very much for answering my questions. Now, I can proceed with the tasks of setting up my new mixer purchased from Sweetwater of course. Your answer was straight-to-the-point for a guy like me who isn't the brightest lightbulb in the lamp.
Best wishes,
September 12, 2012 @10:41pm