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Connecting XLR balanced out to RCA unbalanced input

I’m new to the board. I’m about to set up my home studio again, after many years, and looking for some advice on connecting up a balanced XLR output to an unbalanced RCA input. Using Audio Technica mics, Amek 9098 preamp, Mogami cables. But … I’m recording to a TSR-8 analog tape deck, which has RCA inputs.

Would I be just fine using a good quality XLR to RCA cable?
Or should I get a transformer / converter to convert the unbalanced signal to a balanced signal?

I’m looking at the following devices – any recommendations in this price range?

- RDL TX-AFC1F Audio Transformer
- Jensen ISO-MAX Model PC-2XR Stereo "Pro" to "Consumer" Converter/Isolator
- Rane Bb44x Balance Buddy Converts Unbal to Bal Sound

What’s the best approach for connecting XLR to RCA that won’t degrade the signal or color the sound?

Thanks.
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I never used or needed a transformer or any other interface box when I used to have my TSR-8. Go here and read up on how to do it right just using cables:

Sound System Interconnection

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I never used or needed a transformer or any other interface box when I used to have my TSR-8. Go here and read up on how to do it right just using cables:

Sound System Interconnection

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The Rane Note is great, see diagram 17.

But why a TSR8? You can't afford a computer interface but think you'll get better results on 20 year old tape machine? I don't mean to sound mean, but why? If the answer is because you already have it, then fine, bt surely you will mix to digital, yes?
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Hi , yes the answer is because I already have a TSR-8. I'm certainly not against digital. I may dump basic tracks to ProTools, if not 2" analog tape at a real studio. But I want to get the best sounding tracks I can with what I've got. Hence the question I asked about XLR to RCA... thx
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I know most folks on here probably just put together special cables for that purpose...

FWIW, we use the Henry Matchboxes and Aphex 124A's at my work and they both sound good. Hope that helps...
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I know most folks on here probably just put together special cables for that purpose...

FWIW, we use the Henry Matchboxes and Aphex 124A's at my work and they both sound good. Hope that helps...
Thanks junior.. i see both Matchbox II's and Matchbox HD's on eBay. Are they basically same quality, same thing?
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Thanks idyldon, I may go with just an XLR to RCA cable from Redco, or possibly with a Henry Matchbox
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Thanks junior.. i see both Matchbox II's and Matchbox HD's on eBay. Are they basically same quality, same thing?
Not sure about the different models or the older ones, but we use the newer matchboxes and the twinmatches - both work well. Also, I seem to find the Aphex units pretty cheap used - built like a tank, too...
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