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HD 500 setup options questions..
by sixx_van_rose on 2013-01-13 14:10:47

Hello,

Sorry if this has been asked before, the manual seems to be unclear. I want to make sure I'm using the hd 500 in the proper format.

My goal is to connect the hd 500 to my M-Audio Monitors. I'm looking for the best hookup for this format.

My first question is, my monitors accept both xlr and 1/4 inch connections. Right now I have the monitors hooked up to 1/4 inch connection into the pod. Sound quality wise, is there a benift to hooking it into the xlr?

Assuming there's not, my front tab on pod  should be set to 1/4 out, and not amp.My setup should be studio/direct. Correct? I also read something that said the master volume should be all the way up for best sound?

If this is all correct, I can also use this setup, and just connect my headphones as well?

last question, can the pod be hooked up to the monitors and have it going into my amp as well?



Re: HD 500 setup options questions..
by silverhead on 2013-01-13 14:46:53

Your assumptions sound correct to me. Output setting should be Studio, and 1/4" Out switch set to Line, not Amp.

I don't think there is any noticeable benefit to using XLR vs. 1/4" cables unless the required cabling is more than say, 25 ft. If so your signal will be better preserved using XLR.

Yes, you can use the HD500 headphones jack with this setup as well; just be careful of the volume - use the device Master Volume knob to control the headphones level.

You can hook the HD500 up to both monitors and amp, however the device can't be set to feed different signals to both outputs . So if you have it set up as described so far the monitors will sound great but your amp will probably not, because the signal being fed to the amp (Studio mode) includes the cab/mic modeling and is sent at Line level. Your amp will prefer the settings of a Live Mode (not Studio) and an AMP (not LINE) level signal - but setting it this way will not sound great through your monitors. There are many threads about this topic, and some suggested workarounds / compromises. Try searching and reading if you want more info on this.



Re: HD 500 setup options questions..
by sixx_van_rose on 2013-01-13 16:19:20

thank you



Re: HD 500 setup options questions..
by GTLazer on 2013-01-14 03:52:14

I run an HD500 into active monitors, but I also use the HD500 as my interface to Ableton on my laptop, so I use XLRs to my monitors so I can take advantage of the ground lift, otherwise I'm either limited to the duration of my laptop's battery life or I have to put up with the horrendous ground noise.



Re: HD 500 setup options questions..
by CairnsFella on 2013-01-15 23:22:51

GTLazer wrote:

I run an HD500 into active monitors, but I also use the HD500 as my interface to Ableton on my laptop, so I use XLRs to my monitors so I can take advantage of the ground lift, otherwise I'm either limited to the duration of my laptop's battery life or I have to put up with the horrendous ground noise.

Interesting? I previously understood that balanced cables could actually perpetuate ground loop issues in some situations, unless the shielding was cut in the receiving unit?

Also, re: Silverhead's response to the use of XLR's. I certainly wouldnt disagree with what has been stated. But then again I would say it would depend on how anal you wanted to be. I would personally use balanced connections wherever possible if I could afford to (which alas I cant, so I dont )

My rational is this. IF I wanted to be happy that I had done the maximum to preserve my signal, then in my view, the signal degredation and interference picked up over say a 50 foot unbalanced cable, would still be present at approximately 1/50th of the level in a one foot cable.

I do appreciatte the math is not as clear cut as this, and indeed the envioronment will vary significantly from one individuals situation to anothers. So yes, it probably - in fact almost certainly - isnt 'necessary. But you certainly wouldnt be doing a 'negative' thing if you did use balanced cables.



Re: HD 500 setup options questions..
by GTLazer on 2013-01-16 02:30:50

The balanced cables on their own won't solve the ground loop issue.

The loop is caused by having two or more items in the system that take their ground reference from earth; in this case my laptop and the monitors (the HD500 is not earth-grounded). The ground lift breaks the connection between the laptop and the monitors, so there is no loop through the system and the individual earths work down their intended route. No loop means no voltage differences, no voltage differences means no current flow, and no current flow means no noise.

There's an excellent article about ground loops (featuring all the correct technical terms) in this thread: http://line6.com/support/thread/72223

There's a particularly interesting bit about misuse of surge protection, if any of you use it on your computers.

If anyone's interested, I'm assuming the HD500 doesn't require an earth reference due to low internal current (low enough not to do you any harm in the event of dangerous failure), but in my system, as there is no lift between the HD500 and the laptop, my HD500 would earth through the usb connection to the laptop anyway.




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