How to connect powered speakers to mixer

All kinds of parties these days prefer to have a DJ to keep the crowd well entertained throughout. A great mixer is half of the equipment and most DJ have to use speakers and amplifiers to complete the system and bring life to these parties with the client choice of music. Buying this equipment can be costly and it is with this in mind that many DJ opt for powered speakers.

You might have just newly bought your powered speakers and you are ready to plug them into your mixer. You are now possibly wondering how to go about fixing them and getting those “jams” going. Powered speakers are also commonly known as active speakers. The major advantage to them is their simplicity. Using powered speakers will save you costs because unlike passive speakers, you will not need an amplifier.

Connecting Your Powered Speakers to a Mixer

Powered speakers come with balanced TRS jacks and/or XLR jacks. Equally, most modern speakers come with either a TRS or an XLR connector or even both of these. That means that if you are wondering how to connect a powered speaker to a mixer, you connect these jacks to the connector and it is done through a balanced line.

You might see “speakers out” jacks on your mixer. Before you get too excited and plug in your speakers, note that these jacks are designed for connecting to passive speakers (powered speakers). This means that the electrical power that is carried is significantly high. You have to be aware of this because if you connect your powered speakers to this jacks they will completely be damaged and fried.


To save yourself the trouble of going out and buying new speakers, ensure you are aware of the connectivity to avoid spending any extra bucks. Powered speakers typically help you save money because you get to have the amplifier, speaker and some other electronics in a single unit combination. It would, therefore, be a real bummer to manage to save money on your col powered speakers only to have to repair them so soon because of wrong connectivity.

Note that in some cases, you might find that your mixer only has unbalanced outputs. This is a bit of a rare occurrence but if it is the case, you might notice some interference and noise. The best way that you can go about this is by ensuring that you use shorter cables that are no longer than thirty feet.

The reason this is recommended is because when your runs are longer in an unbalanced signal is that you will be much more susceptible to noises and picking up of interferences. There are a few ways that are available to balance out this signals and convert the unbalanced signals to balanced ones.

In conclusion,

Some cons of powered speakers are first, they are much heavier than their passive counterparts because of the extra in-built specification. It makes them bulky to move around. The tradeoff is that there are much less integrated electronics (crossovers, amplifiers, and equalizers) to carry. They also need two instead of one cable and this makes them a little harder to install. This are however understated by the other benefits you can hope to get from a powered speaker.