phone jacks,speakon, or xlr?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by steve-o, Aug 27, 2003.

  1. steve-o

    steve-o Guest

    Apr 17, 2002
    my trace head has xlr for a speaker out put...should i a switch the phone jacks to speakon..or the cab to a xlr? or just leave the phone jacks


  2. Finger Blister

    Finger Blister

    Jul 8, 2003
    Leave it alone.
    Use an adapter if you need one.
  3. steve-o

    steve-o Guest

    Apr 17, 2002
    im just looking to get the right connection..
    phone jacks aren't the best connection for an amp tho'

  4. Phone Jacks are the 1/4 inch plugs and jacks used on most lower power amplifiers.
    Same as on a guitar cable.

    I would use the XLR's if thats what the head has.
    Much better power handling then 1/4 inch jack, not anywhere near as good as Speakon though

  5. VicDamone


    Jun 25, 2000
    Yep. Phone jacks, as in telephone manual switchboard plug/jacks just like you see in those really old movies, turn of the last century. Two lousy noisy wires trying to do the job of three with a contact area the size of a hair.
  6. Phat Ham

    Phat Ham

    Feb 13, 2000
    Unless you're running in the neighborhood of 1000 watts or above I doubt you'll be able to tell the difference between the 1/4" jacks and anything else. XLR's and speakons are safer because they don't short the circuit when you plug/unplug them and are locking. If you use the XLR just be real careful not to get the speaker outs mixed up with the DI out. You'll end up destroying a mixer if you do.
  7. steve-o

    steve-o Guest

    Apr 17, 2002
    the di outs are in the front...but i may try..