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Tom Scratch Wrote:
My conclusion is that the character of the sound with the transformer cable is fuller/richer/thicker to an extent that can be heard; but that the simpler cable also produces clean acceptable sound.
The transformer is for impedance matching. When the impedance is wrong, your response curve goes wacky. The lows are lost when you plug a low impedance mike into a high impedance input. If you’re dealing with high audio evels, you will also get distortion.
You can buy an XLR to phone adapter at radio shack for about $12 that is electrically identical to the Shure product. (I wouldn’t be surprised to find that RS buys them from Shure). Then all you need is a 1/4-inch to 1/8-inch adapter.