#### bahaha

##### Member
Hi everybody, i was hoping someone here could help me out with this problem. I have 5 Shure LX3 wireless receivers that need to be connected to our mixer. The LX3's will be in a rack backstage and there is cable already run to FOH. The LX3's output is high impedance and needs a 1/4" male connector, while the existing cable is XLR female and will go into a low impedance input on the mixer. I have done a decent amount of searching and this is what i've come up with so far:

or

http://www.shure.com/accessories/a95u.asp

As far as i can tell, these do what i need. The problem is cost. $115 from radio shack and almost$200 from shure. Do these accomplish what i need, and is there a cheaper way. I can't solder but i might be able to find someone who can. Also, this post, http://www.controlbooth.com/ftopict-1367.html, talked about resistive summing networks used for a similar purpose, if that's any help. If you have any advice or know of any other options, don't hold back. Thanks in advance.

#### cutlunch

##### Active Member
You seem to be on the right track . I don't know what quality the Radio Shack convertors are, hopefuly someone can tell you.

The other option is to use DI's to do the conversion. These come in units from one channel to many. You may already have some or could possibly rent.

As for cost, if the LX3's are owned by the school you will probably have this problem again so tell the teacher it's an expense that will pay for itself over time.

All the best.

#### bahaha

##### Member
Thanks a lot everybody; you've all be very helpfull. It looks like i'll be going with the radio shack adapter. Not the best, but a good compromise for our situation. At mbenonis: I'm so glad you posted. I had never though of using the other version of the adapter. Our patch cords will now connect to that adapter instead of the mixer. I also won't have to worry about a heavy double adapter hanging off of the LX3's for the next 10 years.

#### bahaha

##### Member
It's me again. I was wondering if a direct box would be better than either of the adapters i listed in my first post, even if it was a fairly cheap box. I'm refering to the EDB1 from Whirlwind in particular. http://whirlwindusa.com/dirbox.html#edb1 Feel free to mention any other similar direct boxes. Thanks.

#### RelativeMischief

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imo any DI box is better than a Radio Shack transformer. With DI's you have a number of things you can use them for if you have a free one, and they have more options on them than a transformer (ie ground lift, pad on some, filter, 1/4"and XLR outputs etc...) even though esentially they do the same thing.

#### bahaha

##### Member
Alrightey, thanks for the help. I think i've got a plan now.

#### cutlunch

##### Active Member
Bahaha. The only thing to watch with the type of DI Box you are looking at, is that it is a passive type. Passive types are just transformers. Being passive there is a signal loss. In the case of the whirlwind, the output signal is about 21db down on the input signal. If the wireless mike recievers have an ouput level control to adjust the signal you should be right.