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Is it possible to connect the unbalanced 1/4" jack outputs of Apogee's Duet to the balanced XLR inputs of Yamaha MSP7 monitors? What cables should be used?

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It is possible and depends on the length of cables you will need. If you are using a fairly long run of say 50 feet, I would put a DI box with "ground lifted" to convert from unbalanced to balanced. If the cables are short, then you can probably use a unbalanced 1/4 inch plug to XLR adapter and an XLR to XLR cable between the adapter and the speakers. The system should be safe and should NOT cause any damage. Remember to run the whole interconnected system from ONE receptacle or power source.

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