Using the Powerplay P2 for Wired IEM

There are often questions on this forum about how best to run wired IEM from an XR. Opinions are divided... The recently introduced Behringer Powerplay P2 makes this a lot easier. The P2 is a compact, battery-operated headphone amplifier. It can drive most types of IEMs or headphones without placing abnormal loads on the XR's outputs. It is also quite easy to connect using, mostly, standard cables. Here are some of the possibilities:



Mono feed from an XLR Aux output

Switch the P2 to Mono. Connect to the Aux output using a standard (balanced) XLR cable.



Mono feed from a TRS Aux output

Switch the P2 to Mono. Connect to the Aux output using a standard (balanced) TRS to XLR-M cable. You could also use a TRS to TRS cable.



Stereo feed from the Phones output

Switch the P2 to Stereo. Connect to the Phones output using a standard (balanced) TRS to XLR-M cable. You could also use a TRS to TRS cable.



Stereo feed from two XLR Aux outputs

Switch the P2 to Stereo. Connect to the two Aux outputs using a stereo XLR cable (see attached). These are sometimes called Insert cables. They are not the same as Splitter cables. They are quite easy to make but are also available in various lengths from here. You want the type: XLR Male to DUAL XLR-F.



Stereo feed from two TRS Aux outputs

Switch the P2 to Stereo. Connect to the two Aux outputs using a TRS Insert cable. e.g. Insert Cable. Ideally you would use dual TS to XLR-M to allow for easy cable extension but these are not common so may need to be special order or DIY. There is a European source.



Feeding Multiple P2s

The P2 has a high (bridging) input impedance so, if you can persuade some band members to have the same monitor mix, you could save Aux outputs by running them from the same one. In this case you would need one or more XLR Splitter cables - one XLR-F feeding two XLR-Ms. Available from here but this time the type is: XLR Female to Y Splitter XLR-M. You could run up to twenty P2s from one mono or stereo feed without any loading issues.



The Fischer Amps In-ear Stick appears to be functionally the same as the P2.Stereo XLR Cable.PNG