Are DACs Snake Oil? Every Fact You Should Know

DACs have become very popular in this modern world of digital audio, with lots of audio equipment manufacturers producing them. The popularity of DACs can be attributed to the fact that; they have become a necessary component of Hi-Fi systems that run analog outputs. Unfortunately, many audio enthusiasts do not see the purpose of a DAC unit. They claim that these DAC units are unnecessary and are nothing more … more

Is XLR Digital Or Analog? (All You Need to Know!)

Generally, every sound that is produced is an analog signal. However, this analog signal can be recorded via digital or analog media. That is why the majority of the cables we see today come as either digital or analog. However, some cables, like the coaxial cable, can carry both analog and digital signals. One of the most popular cables in the audio industry is the XLR. The XLR is … more

Speaker Out Vs. Headphone Out: All You Need to Know!

Audio outputs are used to transmit audio signals analog or digital audio signals into the input of other audio devices. However, using the wrong audio output for your audio connection can affect the quality of sound you get from your system. It can lead to weak signal output, poor audio quality, or completely unusable audio. In extreme cases, using the wrong audio output can even result in damaged hardware … more

5 Great DACs with Mic Input Review (with Pictures)

DACs play an important role in this digital media era by converting streaming music and other digital media files to analog audio that can be heard through headphones or speakers when amplified. This is why all smartphones, laptops, and PCs come with built-in DACs. As you may already know, standalone DACs are built to give you more control than what built-in DACs offer users. Since the primary role of … more

Main Out vs Control Room Out: All You Need to Know!

Two standard outputs on mixing consoles, are Main Out and Control Room Out ports. Since every type of output on mixing consoles differ slightly from each other, what are the differences between these two output types, and how do they function? I will address all this in this article so read till the end. The main difference between a main out and a control room out is that, a … more

Is The Monitor Out On Mixers and Amps Different? (Solved!)

One of the output ports that can be found in both mixing consoles and amplifiers is the Monitor Out port. With mixing consoles and amplifiers performing entirely different functions, does that mean the functionality of their Monitor Out ports and the type of signal they carry vary as well? I will address these and more in this article so read till the end. Functionally, there is no difference between … more

Bluetooth Headphone Volume Not Working? Here’s How to Fix It!

One common problem with Bluetooth headphones is when the headphone’s volume does not change no matter how much you press them. If your Bluetooth headphones have stopped responding to volume control, then you know exactly how frustrating this can be. The good news is, depending on the audio source you are using, there are some ways of resolving this issue. In this article, I am going to explain why … more

Are Bookshelf Speakers Active Or Passive? Facts to Know!

Bookshelf speakers are among the most versatile of all speaker types available. This is because they come in different varieties and can be used with many different audio systems. In addition to these, they can be configured in multiple ways as well. Due to this, bookshelf speakers have become very popular. Despite their popularity, quite a number of people are unsure as to whether bookshelf speakers are active or … more

How To Remove Stuck XLR Connectors (Full Guide!)

Anyone who uses XLR cables regularly knows how easily their connectors can become stuck in their sockets and other audio devices. There are numerous reasons why this may happen. Nonetheless, it is always frustrating when any XLR socket gets stuck in another socket. When they get stuck firmly, removing them can be hard to do. Though this is the case, if you are faced with a stuck XLR cable, … more

Can You Convert A USB Mic to XLR? (Important Things to Know!)

USB microphones are getting better as each year passes. In fact, the latest models are so good that producers, musicians, and audio engineers are looking for new ways to incorporate and use them in their music production. Due to their unique qualities, lots of people recommend that one gets a really good USB mic that can be used for as many purposes as possible. However, with most USB microphones … more