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Old 08-30-2011, 08:58 PM
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Sorry,new to this and not very techno minded,but can my son link his yamaha dtxplorer to his stereo by way of a lead/cable so that he can hear himself live,without buying an amp.
He will buy one if this idea doesnt work.Any help appreciated.
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Old 08-30-2011, 09:00 PM
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It depends on if the stereo has inputs.

Many do, but not all.
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Old 08-30-2011, 09:06 PM
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Yes, you can do this with the right connector cables and it's not too hard. However, you won't be able to play very loud, as home stereos and speakers aren't meant to handle those kind of volume levels. But for just practicing, it should be fine.
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Old 08-30-2011, 09:11 PM
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The connection can be made between the headphone out jack on the drum module and an "aux" input on the stereo using the proper adaptor cables.

He should be VERY careful to only use it at low to mid volumes as the stereo amp and speakers are designed to play back recordings of instruments and not amplify electronic instruments directly.

The headphone volume control on the module should not be set at more than 60% to 70%. Even lower if the signal from the module is too high and overloading the input of the stereo. Excess volume or extreme bass may damage the stereo. Also make sure not to add bass or treble or use the "loudness" button.

He'd be better off using headphones directly out of the module.


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Old 08-30-2011, 11:54 PM
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Default Re: linking drums to stereo

you could just adapt the 1/4" output into 3.5mm and use an aux cable and plug that into an aux jack on your stereo, but it will probably sound bad and most likely distorted (at which point means your speakers are gonna blow) Obviously drums have a wide range of frequencies, but you may have a badass stereo that can handle it.

I practice on a dtxplorer kit and I have to say that headphones are the cheapest way to go. I tried hooking it up to our band's PA and it couldn't handle the kick drum, of course the PA doesn't have a sub either.

I suggest an experiment, just be weary of distortion that isn't supposed to be there
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