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RCA sounds better than XLR?

 

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Username: Dmitchell

Ottawa, Ontario Canada

Post Number: 3144
Registered: Feb-07
Just for fun today I switched my MCD-301 back to RCA cables. I've been running a set of XLR's that Nuck gave me for the past few months, and thanks to dual CD outputs on my Mac CDP I was able to quickly switch back and forth between the 2 types of cables. I think I actually enjoy the sound of the RCA cables just a bit better. The XLR's very clear and precise, with absolutely zero noise floor, but the RCA's inject just a little bit more liveliness into the listening experience. A bit more 'analog' sounding, if that makes any sense.

Anyone else experienced this?
 

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Username: Nuck

Post Number: 13707
Registered: Dec-04
I wondered if you would ever try, David.
Order up a pair of balanced connections from Blue Jeans to compare...cheap man.
 

Gold Member
Username: Dmitchell

Ottawa, Ontario Canada

Post Number: 3145
Registered: Feb-07
Finally got around to it Nuck, as you've noticed it takes me awhile to get to things.

Not a huge difference, but noticeable.
 

Silver Member
Username: Magfan

USA

Post Number: 549
Registered: Oct-07
I'm using Mogami cables from Guitar Center. About the same $$ as BlueJeans, but no shipping lag.
 

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Username: Dmitchell

Ottawa, Ontario Canada

Post Number: 3147
Registered: Feb-07
The RCA's I'm using are BJ cables. I've found it takes about a week and half for them to arrive here in Canada the few times I've ordered them.
 

Platinum Member
Username: Nuck

Post Number: 13710
Registered: Dec-04
Second the Mogami cables as well.
music store stuff.
 

Silver Member
Username: Magfan

USA

Post Number: 550
Registered: Oct-07
Clarification:
Balanced cables are Mogami

All others are BJ / Belden including an HDMI which should arrive in a couple days.

Anybody ever read the exchange between BJ and Monster? I wouldn't buy Monster anything based on this exchange. The BJ reply is one of the best legal letters EVER. True Classic.
 

Silver Member
Username: Jaw

Post Number: 269
Registered: Mar-06
Appologies if already posted, pretty old article:
http://www.stereophile.com/features/335/index.html
This guy agrees with you, DM.
 

Gold Member
Username: Dmitchell

Ottawa, Ontario Canada

Post Number: 3151
Registered: Feb-07
Interesting article JAW.
 

Platinum Member
Username: Nuck

Post Number: 13714
Registered: Dec-04
The article seems rather full of contradictions.

The conclusions, with con's being limited cabling, is curious. The connection works more on design than implementation, IMO, and the cables matter less than proper usage.

Also listed is cost., Further down is listed cost of single ended connections to do better.

The noise floor and signal gain are apparant, and complexity and device choice increase signal strength through the chain. I believe that this compensates for alternate signal paths and circuitry.
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