How to Connect Passive Speakers to Mixer?

Share on:

If you are not new to the speaker’s world, you might already know there are two types of speakers. One is known as active whereas the other type is known as passive speakers.

Whenever we have to decide which of the above-mentioned types should be brought home, passive speakers mostly end up being chosen. The passive speakers are usually preferred not only because they are easier to place, transport, and store. The passive speakers also get hired because they can easily be upgraded to perfection.

However, the only issue is that the passive speaker can not be used without a mixer. What’s more worth mentioning is that connecting the passive speaker to the mixer is a bit tricky for naive persons.

How to Connect Speakers to Mixer? Connecting Powered Speakers to Mixer

Connecting Powered Speakers to Mixer

Things Needed

To connect the passive speaker to the mixer, you would be required to have

  • Two passive speakers
  • One power amplifier
  • Two female XLR – ¼ ” jack lead
  • One microphone
  • One XLR lead
  • 13.5 mm jack – RCA lead


To get done with the job here is the step by step guide:

1. Find the Right Amplifier

This is the trickiest part of the job, it’s finding the right amplifier. To connect the passive speaker to the mixer, you would need an amplifier with two separate output channels. Moreover, take professional help on the amplifier’s size, power, and impedance as well. Therefore, hunt the market and get the relevant amplifier home.

2. Connect the Amplifier and the Mixer

Now that you have got your hands on the right amplifier, it’s time to connect it to the mixer. Connect the two by connecting the MAIN OUT L and R of the mixer into the corresponding inputs. Most of the scenarios require Jack’s lead to get done with the job. However, if your case is different you have to find some other solution.

3. Connect the Passive Speaker to the Amplifier

To connect the passive speaker to the amplifier, take the Speakon lead to attach it from the output of the amplifier to the input of the speaker.

4. Mix Desk and Speaker Placement

Now that you are done with the trickiest part, use discretion to determine where should the mixing desk and speakers be placed. Arrange everything to perfection to move ahead.

5. Turn on the Speaker

To avoid any mishap, turn on the mixer first. Once the mixer is on, you can switch on the amplifier.

6. Add Effects to the Mix

To spice up the game, choose and add reverb, delay, or any other effect of your choice to the mix.

7. Create Your Mix and Enjoy

To test the process, turn on the system and select your favorite sound source. Create the perfect mix by balancing out the level of every channel in the monitor mixes or main. Get the sound by making sure the mics are working. Turn up the volume and vibe.


In brief, to connect the passive speaker to the mixer, get the right amplifier, connect it to the mixer, now connect the amplifier to the passive speaker, find an appropriate placement, turn on the speaker, and enjoy creating a mix.

Matt K. Brooks

Matt K. Brooks

Welcome to this blog of matt. This is a place where I share my knowledge about speakers and all their features. Here you will find information about various types and styles of speakers as well as tips for choosing the right set for you. I also share reviews and information about some of the best speakers currently available on the market. I would be glad if my blog could help others make informed decisions when buying new speakers.

Leave a Comment