Studio monitors much better after using balanced cables, but I still have this one newb question...?

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MasterTuner
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188 posts since 30 May, 2018

Post Thu Aug 15, 2019 2:58 pm

I got a pair of decent studio monitors ($300).

When I first tried them I was horrified because there was a ton of noise, crackles , hiss, hum etc.
Then I realised that I was using unbalanced (RCA).
Borrowed a Focusrite with balanced TRS->XLR cables and result was much, much better.

From my seat I can't hear any background noise.
But when I get up to the monitor and put my ear close (when there's no sounds playing), I do still hear a background hiss (higher frequency hiss, not a hum). And this hiss does not increase in volume as I turn the speaker knob at the back.

How much noise can I expect - I can't expect total silence right - there will always be some noise there?

(Current sound card = Beringher UM2, going to buy Audient id14 probably)
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yellowmix
KVRian
1193 posts since 11 Aug, 2012 from omfr morf form romf frmo

Re: Studio monitors much better after using balanced cables, but I still have this one newb question...?

Post Thu Aug 15, 2019 3:08 pm

Yes, there will always be some sort of hiss/noise that isn't from interference (that's what balanced cables try to address) and you aren't meant to listen from that distance. Remember, there is an electrical signal being amplified. There will be varying levels of noise, but without a SPL meter and numbers there's no point in talking about specifics. If you can't hear it from a proper distance and with a proper volume level then it's fine.

acYm
KVRian
1007 posts since 11 Sep, 2015

Re: Studio monitors much better after using balanced cables, but I still have this one newb question...?

Post Thu Aug 15, 2019 6:26 pm

on my adam T7V, I'm sitting about 3 feet away, if I move in 1ft closer I can start to hear it faintly.
they say class-D amps are a bit noisier than average indeed.
this is not something you have to worry about in operation.

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Distorted Horizon
KVRAF
2514 posts since 17 Jan, 2017 from Planet of cats

Re: Studio monitors much better after using balanced cables, but I still have this one newb question...?

Post Thu Aug 15, 2019 10:45 pm

As long as that hiss doesn't take over your music, it doesn't matter.

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KVRAF
2514 posts since 17 Jan, 2017 from Planet of cats

Re: Studio monitors much better after using balanced cables, but I still have this one newb question...?

Post Thu Aug 15, 2019 10:46 pm

Some people even add noise/hiss with plugins :lol:

chk071
KVRAF
21219 posts since 11 Apr, 2010 from Germany

Re: Studio monitors much better after using balanced cables, but I still have this one newb question...?

Post Thu Aug 15, 2019 10:50 pm

Yeah, it's normal. Unfortunately, my monitor have pretty loud hiss as well (i think they have class D amp). I don't hear it while making music, though.

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