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the polarties on a speaker cable...

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by spidersbass, Dec 2, 2004.


  1. spidersbass

    spidersbass

    Nov 29, 2004
    Downtown L.A.
    well, i'm pretty sure this ain't the place to ask this, but all the people that know a bunch of stuff are usually here, so here it is...

    what are the polarites on the speaker cable? is the tip of the plug positive or negative?
     
  2. Lyle Caldwell

    Lyle Caldwell

    Sep 7, 2004
    Memphis
    Tip = Positive
    Sleeve = Negative
     
  3. spidersbass

    spidersbass

    Nov 29, 2004
    Downtown L.A.
    sweet, thanks a lot man... i got it from here.
     
  4. Lyle Caldwell

    Lyle Caldwell

    Sep 7, 2004
    Memphis
    If you run across a TRS 1/4" cable, the layout for balanced use is:

    Tip : Positive
    Ring : Negative
    Sleve : Ground

    Sometimes these cables are used for channel send/return or for FX send/return (TRS at one end, two TS plugs at the other end). In those cases, check the manual to see if the Tip or the Ring is send, though most manufacturers are using the Ring as a send and the Tip as a return, with the ground common to both.

    And they can be used as a stereo cable, but again check the gear's manual to see if the Tip or Sleeve is left or right, respectively.
     
  5. spidersbass

    spidersbass

    Nov 29, 2004
    Downtown L.A.
    i've only heard of those cables, i dont' think i've seen one, and if i have, i wont' know that was it... but i guess i'll have to look at the manual, god i hate doing that.