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Type of cable from amp to cabinet?
Old 23rd October 2013
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Type of cable from amp to cabinet?

Hi, can regular instrument cable be used to connect amp head to cabinet? Or should it be a TRS cable? Thanks!
Old 23rd October 2013
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The answer is "C"-none of the above.

You need a speaker cable between your head and cabinet.
Old 23rd October 2013
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You need a speaker cable (Musician's Gear 12-Gauge 1/4" - 1/4" Speaker Cable | Musician's Friend). TRS cables are often mistaken for speaker cables. A speaker cable has a heavier guage with two conductors that run side by side. TRS cables have three conductors that are wrapped around each other inside the shield.

You should avoid plugging your speakers into your amplifiers with a TS or TRS cable because they don't have low enough impedance to let speaker level voltage to flow as well. The amp would be pushing all of it's power through a small conductor, so it will hum a lot. It could also cause your cable to heat up and melt and create a short circuit, which would fry your amp and/or speaker.

TS Cables are what are normally called Instrument cables. T stands for Tip, S stands for Sleeve. The tip sends the signal while the sleeve acts as a ground. TRS Cables are what are normally called Insert Cables. The T and S stand for the same, while the R stands for ring. The tip sends one signal, while the ring receives a signal. This is used in recording when you want to insert an effect. It goes out from the board and back into the board with one cable.
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Thanks for the help guys!
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