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How do I connect Active speakers to my Denon 3805 AV receiver?

I have two front speakers that are powered studio monitors that I'd like to use as my Left/Right. I made XLR-RCA cables that are going to run from the speakers to the receivers pre-out. The speakers are Genelec 1037C's

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    Don Wallis Dec 09, 2014

    Hi again. No, the DACMagic Plus is a digital to analogue converter. Sure, it has balanced XLR outputs and an unbalanced output, but no analogue inputs. You are not dealing with digital signal here, just analogue, so you need a device that converts unbalanced high impedence signal (your amplifier pre out) to balanced low impedence signal (XLR to the Genelecs) Great monitors by the way. I run Genelec monitors myself. Cheers, Don

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Your Genelec 1037C monitors are professional design with balanced inputs. Balanced inputs expect a low impedance signal with pin 1 earth, pin 2 hot and pin 3 cold. Because the Denon amplifier supplies a pre out for the front speakers (the first pair in the set of pre outs) at 1.2 volts and high impedance, you will need to convert the signal close to the amplifier with a stereo active DI box. Plug the pre out directly into the input of the DI with a SHORT lead and then plug two standard balanced microphone type cables ( XLR to XLR) into each of your active monitors. You cannot make a cable that is RCA to XLR by shorting pin 3 to earth to do this job properly. The inputs on your Genelecs expect a signal in the range -6dBU to +6dBU for rated output. A suitable DI box would be for example a Klark Teknik DN200. Hope that helps.
Cheers, Don.

Posted on Dec 07, 2014

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