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Using a double Y Cord for mono recordings

Discussion in 'Audio Hardware' started by sberger, Jan 5, 2005.

  1. D.Beaton

    D.Beaton Active Member

    Location:
    Yorkshire
    Hi everyone,

    This is my first post on the forum - have been reading post for years now! I have a question for you all. I use the double y cord trick when listening to mono records but like others I find it a pain to unplug the output of my pre amp from my integrated amp and plug into the y cord. So I thought was being clever by splitting each channel as it comes out of the pre amp and doing the following:

    1 half each split goes into the Aux input on my Integrated Amplifier as usual for stereo playback.
    The other half of each split are combined using the y cord and then I plug the output of this into the Tuner inputs on the amp. I thought the Aux input would be in stereo and the Tuner would be mono. Both of these appear to be in Mono. Can anyone tell me why this would be? I thought I was being clever by doing this but clearly not!

    Any help greatly appreciated!
     
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  2. Tony Plachy

    Tony Plachy Forum Resident

    Location:
    Pleasantville, NY
    The only thing I can thing of is you should carefully check you cabling setup. Be sure that you did not send two right channels to the Aux and two left channels to the Tuner. I know this seems silly, but check it anyway.
     
  3. qwerty

    qwerty A resident of the SH_Forums.

    Welcome, it's always good to see a lurker turned into a poster!

    I'm not really following what you are doing with the Y cables. The easiest to do is if you have a tape monitor circuit - plug each channel of the tape in/out through the double-y, then to get mono use engage the tape monitor with the selector on the front of the amp.

    Do you have a separate phono stage, or do you plug your turntable into a phono input of your integrated amp? It could help if you let us know what amp you are using.
     
  4. Isaac K.

    Isaac K. Forum Resident

    I believe what you are talking about was something that I brought up on page 5. Another person said it would just turn both mono. I never did get around to trying it myself.
     
  5. D.Beaton

    D.Beaton Active Member

    Location:
    Yorkshire
    Hi @qwerty and @Isaac K. , thanks for the replies. I'm using a project phono box S2 and my amp is a Denon pma-450. @qwerty - if I'm following what you're saying, I should combine the outputs from the tape rec out and then that is plugged into the tape input ?

    Thanks

    Thanks
     
  6. qwerty

    qwerty A resident of the SH_Forums.

    I believe that's the way it's done.

    As you are using an external phono stage, another option would be to build a switchbox that would sit between the phono stage and the amp. A switch will select mono or stereo. There is one (maybe two) long threads on it on this site. But the tape loop is a more elegant solution.
     
  7. Tony Plachy

    Tony Plachy Forum Resident

    Location:
    Pleasantville, NY
  8. AnalogJ

    AnalogJ CMO (Chief Musical Officer)

    Location:
    Salem, MA
    Keep in mind that whatever you add to the audio chain is not going to be transparent. It's going to affect the sound.
     
  9. BrilliantBob

    BrilliantBob Select, process, CTRL+c, CTRL+z, ALT+v

    Location:
    Romania
  10. qwerty

    qwerty A resident of the SH_Forums.

    The two Y's would work like this (if the system will let me draw with text)
    - is the male cable end, = is the female cable end:

    (R out)..- #######................####### -..(R in)
    ..................##### - = #####
    (L out)..- #######................####### -..(L in)
    ....
     
  11. quicksrt

    quicksrt Senior Member

    Location:
    City of Angels
    I just finished transferring a few mono LP with the "Y" cable mono merge method. Julie London - "Lonely Girl" was the first one and I did hear some mild ticks get even milder. Needle dropped to 24/96 digital. I'll use ClicRepair on the files as well should sound pretty spectacular. This album is even mellower than her debut. A good late night low lights affair.
     

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