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Old 11-20-2020, 11:01 AM
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Originally Posted by EZYPIKINS View Post
Hi Jim:
XLR cannon plugs have long been considered the more professional connection.
XLR outputs normally will carry a signal of +4dBu
TRS signal will be considerably less at -2dBu line level
So the TRS equipped unit will need to work harder to produce the same signal level that the XLR unit will produce.
In conclusion, the XLR outputs should produce a quieter, more efficient signal.
All that being said. I read that you are waiting on adapters.
Adapters themselves can introduce noise and interference in the line.
Your monitors should be able to accept an XLR input. Which it the more professional way to connect.
So I would eliminate the adapter, and connect monitors directly with an XLR cable.
As to why the two different outputs on similar units?
That would be a question for Apollo
My guess would be, that the X16 was designed for a Pro studio situation, and the X8 for the home base recordings.
My question was not about the differences between XLR and TRS connectors. I was questioning why Universal Audio was using different connectors on the two units. That has nothing to do with what my monitors will accept since cables can be made in various configurations. Also, I'm not sure how you came by the opinion that XLR connections are "more professional," but take a look at consoles being built today and you'll find TRS connections all over them. For example, here's the manual for the Neve Genesys Black. Search for "TRS" in that document.

The reason for the adapters is because I could get those sooner than I could get new cables made from Redco. When I know the unit is working correctly, I'll order the cables and eliminate the adapters from my system. The adapters were never meant to be permanent. They were a cheap ($13) solution to allow me to use the cables I have on hand.

As for the X8p being targeted at home users and the X16 being targeted at pro studios, I don't see any evidence of that being the case. Neither box is of a quality or price-point that would typically be found in the hobbyist's rack. UA does make gear for the hobbyist/enthusiast market (Solo, Twin, X4) but the X8p and X16 are the top of their line.
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