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Can I run little box rca > xlr into 661?
« on: June 21, 2015, 07:46:58 PM »
My suspicion is that I'd need unbalanced rca to balanced xlr cables? I could run 1/8 into the 661 but I wouldn't get the benefit of the Oade mods I dont think.

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Re: Can I run little box rca > xlr into 661?
« Reply #1 on: June 22, 2015, 05:30:37 AM »
I think that it should be no problem, although I am no expert.  Anecdotally, though, I asked Jerry Chamkis (the Aerco MP-2 maker) a similar question (could I run the RCA outs on my Aerco into the XLRs on an R44), and he said XLR inputs "work fine with unbalanced signals as they are a subset of balanced signals. The 'other' pin (Pin 3) is simply grounded."

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Re: Can I run little box rca > xlr into 661?
« Reply #2 on: June 22, 2015, 06:12:38 AM »
Yes
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Re: Can I run little box rca > xlr into 661?
« Reply #3 on: June 22, 2015, 10:47:25 AM »
Doug told me the mods are only for the mic in setting so if you are doing line in you would bypass the mod also.

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Re: Can I run little box rca > xlr into 661?
« Reply #4 on: June 22, 2015, 11:19:42 AM »
Doug told me the mods are only for the mic in setting so if you are doing line in you would bypass the mod also.

Ah, I did not know that, always thought he modded the line stage xlrs, but not the 1/8. The stock 661 has a damn fine line input stage then, Imo. Thanks all!
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Re: Can I run little box rca > xlr into 661?
« Reply #5 on: June 22, 2015, 11:49:04 AM »
Here is what I asked.
" Did the mod upgrade the xlr line in circuitry also or just the mic pre-amps. The reason I ask is because I have been looking at mic pre-amps."

and his reply

"Dan, it upgrades the mic preamp only. The line 2 input sounds best...Doug"

I use mine as a bit bucket for my MixPre-D but I am glad I can use it without the preamp. I have an OCM 661

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Re: Can I run little box rca > xlr into 661?
« Reply #6 on: June 22, 2015, 12:06:07 PM »
Thanks Dan. Might as well run the 1/8 and not buy a cable.
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Re: Can I run little box rca > xlr into 661?
« Reply #7 on: June 22, 2015, 12:21:14 PM »
Doug just told me the same thing.....and reiterated that he likes the 1/8 line 2 best unless you need locking.
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Re: Can I run little box rca > xlr into 661?
« Reply #8 on: June 22, 2015, 08:34:05 PM »
Puzzled. If you love the 661, why  bother w/a Little Box?  Just sayin'
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Re: Can I run little box rca > xlr into 661?
« Reply #9 on: June 22, 2015, 08:50:33 PM »
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Re: Can I run little box rca > xlr into 661?
« Reply #10 on: June 23, 2015, 09:17:22 AM »
I'm a little out of control......need gear hoarders anonymous. Bad.  ::)

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Re: Can I run little box rca > xlr into 661?
« Reply #11 on: June 23, 2015, 11:53:12 AM »
 ;D thanks Carl. Like a kid in a candy store....or a grandpa in a WW II memorabilia store.  :P
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Re: Can I run little box rca > xlr into 661?
« Reply #12 on: June 23, 2015, 11:53:58 AM »
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Re: Can I run little box rca > xlr into 661?
« Reply #13 on: June 23, 2015, 08:51:12 PM »
I'm a little out of control......need gear hoarders anonymous. Bad.  ::)

I love it when one of us old school guys get back in the game, it's like a frenzy at first. Hoard, Hoard, I need it all, HOARD!! So good to have you back  ;D

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Re: Can I run little box rca > xlr into 661?
« Reply #14 on: July 02, 2015, 10:44:13 AM »
I'm a little out of control......need gear hoarders anonymous. Bad.  ::)

I love it when one of us old school guys get back in the game, it's like a frenzy at first. Hoard, Hoard, I need it all, HOARD!! So good to have you back  ;D

Doesn't just affect those getting back in the game...  :P

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