Can you plug TRS into RCA?

Can you plug TRS into RCA?

Rather than buying a new cable, a simple RCA to TRS adapter would be a cost-effective solution to use the RCA cables you already have. If you travel with vintage equipment to different studios or stages, having these RCA to TRS adapters handy is vital.

How do you wire a TRS to RCA?

RCA to 3.5 Mm TRS Cable

  1. Step 1: Get a Regular RCA to RCA Cable.
  2. Step 2: Cut Off the End of One Side of the Cable.
  3. Step 3: Strip the Wire Off the Large Protective Casing.
  4. Step 4: Separate the Copper Wire From the Other Wires.
  5. Step 5: Strip the Red and Black Wire So That It Is Exposed.
  6. Step 6: Sodering.

Are TRS and RCA the same?

RCA is an unbalanced connector… just two contacts: Signal and Sheild. Most common in home audio. TRS or 1/4″ can be a balanced connector, or unbalanced stereo. Most common with Stage/studio/Instruments.

What is a balanced TRS cable?

A quarter-inch TRS cable is another balanced professional audio cable. TRS stands for tip, ring, sleeve, and can be used to send either mono (balanced) or stereo (unbalanced) signals.

Can you connect RCA to aux?

If you have an line level RCA audio output it should work fine into any aux input. If the aux input has a 3.5mm stereo mini jack then you will need a cable with 2 RCA at one end and the stereo mini plug at the other. They also make adapters if you already have a cable you want to use.

Is RCA worse than TRS?

There is no noticeable difference between an RCA and 1/4 inch TS connectors and cable. They both transmit unbalanced mono audio signals. However, 1/4 inch TRS connectors and cables are better than RCA. That’s because 1/4 inch TRS can transmit a balanced mono audio signal or unbalanced stereo signal.


1/4″ TS/TRS is a far superior interconnect than RCA/phono in every way, except size. If you have to choose an output for an instrument, it should be 1/4″ if at all possible. 1/4″ TS cables are more robust, much more easily repairable, and are used throughout the professional audio industry.