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What quality of interconnect cable are you using? If this is a permanent setup, you could make a RCA out to XLR in cable. Or have one made by Cardas or Kimber. Say you are using Kimber PBJ IC. or Hero IC. it would be very easy to take off the end RCA and replace it with a XLR.Some types of IC wires are way easier to turn into a RCA to XLR cable.You could even buy ONE used single IC and cut it in half and make it a pair of IC with the RCA to XLR.I have made such cables in the past.As for the quality adapters.. They will last a lifetime. fifty years from now they will still be a good choice. If you go with good adapters..
Most high end DACs use balanced chips these days, so XLR is the preferred output. If you're considering a DAC upgrade I wouldn't spend any money on anything until you do that.
I have a desktop setup with an RCA source (iFi DAC) feeding a pair of Neumann KH120 active monitors. I had a pair of cheap-o Monoprice RCA-to-XLR cables in between, but things really improved when I replaced that with a (much) better RCA cable feeding a pair of Hosa RCA-to-XLR adapters. Lately, I have been wondering if I could improve things further by replacing the Hosa adapters with something better.Main question is: is it worth springing for the Cardas RCA-to-XLR adapters (the regular ones, not the more expensive Clear) variants? Are they really significantly better? And, if so, does anyone have any recommendations for any other adapters that would be Meisterbrau equivalents (read: as-good or almost as the Cardas but less expensive). Mainly I'm trying to figure out how far up the food chain to go with adapters to get great bang-for-buck sound without buying/trying half-a-dozen different variants. If I'm going to move up from the Hosa, I'd like to get one (better) set and forget it from there.Thanks in advance for your help, -dGB
Hi, I use to use XLR adapters when I first got my BAT preamp, Luxman DAC and Pass amp. I bought the expensive Cardas adapters and 2 pair of cheap adapters. I heard no difference at all. And my system is sensitive to cable changes. My advice, save your money.
I don't know if I should start a separate thread, but....I'm seeking "true" balanced to RCA adapters. To run my system properly, I need to run two sets of cables: one to feed the MAIN amp and one to feed plate amps for sub-woofers. I have a Mivera amp that should have had both RCA and XLR, but unfortunately was shipped with just RCA. My Comet Exogal serves as dac AND pre-amp and the Comet has BOTH RCA and XLR outputs. Previously, I could send the Comet's XLR output directly to my NCore amplifiers (XLR inputs) and send the Comet's RCA outputs directly to plate amplifiers [RCA inputs only] which run the sub-woofers using long RCA/RCA interconnects. That worked perfectly. HOWEVER, now I can only run the Comet's RCA outputs TO the Mivera's RCA inputs. I TRIED to run the Comet's XLR outputs to the plate amps by using Comet's XLR outputs with "balanced" adapters [XLR to RCA] and it simply does note work. There is literally no sound. I checked the configuration. I emailed Exogal (Comet) and was told that the CONCEPT should work, but I MAY need TRUE balanced adapters. Does anyone know what might solve this problem?Can anyone recommend a proper XLR to RCA adapter that might resolve this issue?FWIW, the adapter I used is a Hosa Technology "GXF-132 RCA to XLR3F"Thank you for your feedback.
I bought the expensive Cardas adapters and 2 pair of cheap adapters. I heard no difference at all. And my system is sensitive to cable changes. My advice, save your money.
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