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Can I use unbalanced RCA (from audio source) to XLR (to Presonus speakers) effectively?

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asked Nov 12, 2020 in Sceptre, Eris, R-Series by berndherrmann1 (120 points)

Hello all...

Just purchased a pair of Eris E5 XT speakers and absolutely love their dynamic sound output.  Unfortunately, I do not have any audio sources that are balanced so I have to use RCA cables (using audiophile cables).  However, the hum and noise levels are a bit more than I had hoped for regardless of what I've tried.

My question involves this:  "I have some audiophile quality unbalanced male RCA (on one end) to XLR (on the other end) cables.  Is it possible to use the unbalanced XLR part into the Presonus speakers, with the unblanced RCA's being plugged into my audio sources (i.e. DAC)?  Or will the sound suffer with regards to audio quality and/or noise?  Or am I relegated to having to use RCA cables to obtain the best sound signature in my case?

An example of the cables I'm talking about are shown here:

Thanks in advance...

Ben Herrmann

US Marine Corps (Retired)

Fuquay Varina, NC

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