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5pin mini XLR to stereo 3.5mm

Discussion in 'Accessories' started by TKoP, Feb 6, 2017.

  1. TKoP

    TKoP Well-Known Member

    I've been looking for an inexpensive/convenient/short way to convert a 5pin, mini xlr to a 3.5mm stereo connector.


    This what I'm looking for, but the cable is $35... which isn't super awful, but I was hoping to find something less expensive.

    Anyone know where I might be able to find something like this?
  2. rammisframmis

    rammisframmis Well-Known Member

    I've never even seen a cable in that configuration. I'd just spring for the $35.
  3. TKoP

    TKoP Well-Known Member

    Didn't think it would be a common thing... thanks.
  4. Zing

    Zing Retired Admin Famous

    Have you checked Monoprice? I've had a lot of success finding difficult-to-find cables there and I've rarely seen them cheaper anywhere else.
  5. Botch

    Botch I.Y.A.A.Y.A.S! Superstar

    Ditto; I've never heard of a "mini XLR".
  6. TKoP

    TKoP Well-Known Member

    I checked monoprice, amazon, ebay, and did a general google search. The only place I found it was on bhphoto. Not exactly an everyday item...
  7. Flint

    Flint "Do you know who I am?" Superstar

    That is not common. I have made cables like this and the connectors are easy to find. You should but the one you found.
  8. rammisframmis

    rammisframmis Well-Known Member

    They're just like a regular XLR, only smaller. :mocking:

    Seriously, they're used in quite a few things (like photo) where a full sized XLR wouldn't work.
  9. TKoP

    TKoP Well-Known Member

    I found parts ALL over the place... but right now, this post is taking up my disposable time (i.e., tax season).
  10. TKoP

    TKoP Well-Known Member

    this one is for a portable headphone amp my sister bought. She missed the connection issue.
  11. Deacon

    Deacon Humble Servant

  12. rammisframmis

    rammisframmis Well-Known Member

  13. malsackj

    malsackj Well-Known Member

  14. TKoP

    TKoP Well-Known Member

    yeah, that's the one... but it was the connection to a source was the issue. I needed something to connect the mini-xlr to a normal mini 3.5mm stereo jack.
  15. JeffMackwood

    JeffMackwood Maxi-Me

    I'm looking at this thread, and its posts / links, and I'm a bit confused. For no really good reason at all, can you clarify what you are trying to connect to what and why?

    Here's what I think - and correct me if I'm wrong.

    You have a source whose output is taken from a female 1/8" stereo headphone receptacle.

    You want to connect that source to the input of the HP2 headphone amplifier. Its input is a male 5-pin mini-XLR receptacle.

    Now that HP2 comes with a cable that allows you to connect two (2) stereo inputs to that single mini-XLR input. That cable has a female 5-pin mini-XLR connector at one end (which connects to the HP2's input) and two (2) regular size female 3-pin XLR plugs at the other end.

    It seems to me that you therefore have multiple connection / connector choices besides the $35 cable shown in the OP.

    Here's one way to tackle it.

    You could use the provided cable and Rube Goldberg the following:

    1. attach this http://www.parts-express.com/parts-express-xlr-male-to-1-4-stereo-female-adapter--240-436 to this

    2. http://www.parts-express.com/1-4-stereo-m-to-35mm-stereo-f-adapter--091-1025 to this

    3. http://www.bestbuy.com/site/kanex-6-audio-cable-purple/5586847.p?skuId=5586847 (which you might already own).

    One end attaches to your source and the other to the HP2's included two-headed cable. Voila!

    Total cost $11.57 (n/incl shipping if you buy online.)

    Or you could buy the $35 cable in the OP - assuming that its pin configuration properly converts the single stereo 3-pin to the dual stereo 5-pin of the HP2.

  16. TKoP

    TKoP Well-Known Member

    Without looking at the links, you're basically correct. My sister was looking for a headphone amp and one i suggested was by PreSonus... you didn't pick the one I referenced and chose this one not realizing the connection issue. I'm not sure what she ultimately ended up doing, but she did find some solution to her connection problem.

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