Apologies if this topic has been covered before, or that I am exhibiting a colossal grasp of the obvious, but I’ve seen many mentions in various forum topics about using an XLR to TRS cable to connect a mixer to something like the L1 Model II base or other similar connections. In many cases, the cable being mentioned had a permanent adapter at the TRS end.
I just wanted to offer an alternative to a dedicated cable like that. I’ve been using a Neutrik NA3FP XLR Female to TRS plug adapter with a standard XLR cable. I found this has offered a few advantages.
Firstly, you can use any XLR cable and not have a dedicated one just to get a TRS endpoint. If a cable goes bad, you can remove the adapter and use it on another cable. I’ve never had the adapter fail, but if it does need replacement, it’s far cheaper to replace than an entire cable.
Secondly, since I have a S1 and a L1, I use different XLR cable lengths to connect a mixer to those units. I have a short, 5’ cable from a mixer that’s close by, into the L1. However, I can use a longer cable if the mixer needs to be further away. Furthermore, in some venues that may offer a PA like a L1, but it’s location from where we may be on a stage can vary. Sometimes I may have to put two 20’ XLR cables together to reach a TRS style input. Point is, I can just move the adapter to whatever cable configuration I require.
Anyway, I’m just throwing this out there for folks to consider as an alternative to a dedicated XLR-TRS cable in case you are not aware of this as an option.
I’m not endorsing, nor do I have any sort of relationship with Parts Express, but this is just an example of where you might obtain such an adapter. This is where I happen to get mine. You can find even cheaper adapters, but Neutrik is a well known, high quality unit.