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I'm currently looking to get the Focusrite Scarlett Solo 3rd Gen interface, from what I see they have 1/4" balanced outputs.

My current PC speakers have RCA inputs, can I use a TS to RCA adapter to connect the balanced output of the interface with the unbalanced input of the speakers? Would this harm the interface or the speaker?

  • 'Balance' speakers, their inputs and outputs, don't exist. balancing happens on the input into the pre-amp. It just happens that trs are sometimes referred to as 'balanced jacks'. Phono to jack will be fine. – Tim May 30 '20 at 16:00
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    In the context of music-tech, 'Speaker' now implies 'powered speaker'. An output, a cable and an amplifier can all be balanced. And to have a 'balanced' connection, they all must be! – Laurence Payne May 30 '20 at 19:28
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A simple adapter will be just fine. It is common in this type of equipment for a balanced output on a TRS jack to fall back to unbalanced when a TS plug is inserted.

  • Exactly right, and in fact I know that particular audio interface well and its manual clearly says that its two balanced outputs can be used either way (TRS balanced and TS unbalanced). – Alex Lopez Jun 11 '20 at 13:28

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