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Build O2 Amp with XLR Output?
tehprairiedog
post Jan 11 2013, 20:56
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Hi everyone!

I was wondering with DIY amps like the O2 if it's theoretically possible to use a 3 pin XLR jack instead of 3.5mm or 1/4 inch? I'm sorry if this is a really stupid question, but I haven't really been able to find an answer. If it isn't possible, what is the difference between 3 pin XLR and 1/4 inch that makes this impossible?

Any explanation would be greatly appreciated smile.gif
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Glenn Gundlach
post Jan 11 2013, 21:43
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QUOTE (tehprairiedog @ Jan 11 2013, 11:56) *
Hi everyone!

I was wondering with DIY amps like the O2 if it's theoretically possible to use a 3 pin XLR jack instead of 3.5mm or 1/4 inch? I'm sorry if this is a really stupid question, but I haven't really been able to find an answer. If it isn't possible, what is the difference between 3 pin XLR and 1/4 inch that makes this impossible?

Any explanation would be greatly appreciated smile.gif


You can use an XLR but why do this? When folks see an XLR connector they assume it's one channel of balanced audio. Yours will work but may cause some questions because it's unusual in that it's 2 channels of unbalanced audio.

XLRs are sturdy, heavy and they lock in. That's great for mic cables on a stage but sort of clunky for headphones.

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