So I don't know much about this stuff, but: Apparently the output of the Z1 is unbalanced. I have studio monitors (M-Audio BX8a's) that have TRS and XLR balanced inputs. In a forum on another website, I found this problem... "So each RCA jack on the back -red and white – does seem to put out its own signal (if you read the manual it will show the z1 set up with two speakers) and I was able to get clear sound running through my mixer with just the positive (red) connected to the mixer and the z1. Thus, I was hopeful and set out to converter land to see what I could do. On one trip I came back with a 1/4 inch to RCA connector and ran one 1/4 wire from the positive (red) through the connector, into the 1/4 inch input of my powered speaker and failed. Then set back out and bought a dual RCA converter which I ran from the positive and negative (red and white) out of the z1, which combined (like a wishbone) and converted into one 1/4 inch and ran that 1/4 wire into my powered speaker and also failed. The powered speakers take 1/4 or xlr so I could have gone through the same process with the xlr and converters but that’s the definition of insanity. Bottom line for me, the RCA outputs are just unbalanced. Using the converters, if I moved the cable just right I could get sound directly to my speaker but then the slightest movement or when I got texts sent the worst “buzzing” sound and through it out of whack. To perform publicly with this I’ve reached a conclusion that you have to have a mixer or something that will take the unbalanced signal and then throw it back out there via 1/4 or XLR." I have used unbalanced cables straight from my monitors to my computer (TRS to 3.5mm) in the past and have had problems with the cable needing to be sitting in exactly the right spot to avoid buzz. How are you guys plugging your Z1 into monitors? Are you going straight from unbalanced to the monitors? Is there a better way? Thanks!