I have L1 II and please pardon newbie questions but....I'm not clear on the difference between: using tonematch port on T8S as power to (T8S) or connecting tonematch port on T8S to tonematch port on base with the tonematch cable. Help?
Always use the ToneMatch power supply with the T8S.
While it is possible to connect the T8S to the L1 Model II Power Stand using the ToneMatch cable, this is not recommended. The T8S requires more power than the L1 Model II Power Stand can provide for reliable operation. It may work for a little while, but it will stop working soon after that.
This is why the T8S comes with the ToneMatch power supply, and not a ToneMatch cable.
For more information see: T8S Analog vs Digital Connection to L1
Does that help?
The base of the L1 doesn't provide enough power required for the T8S.