Sorry to resurrect an old thread but I am in a similar situation now.
I have RCA tape outputs from my preamp where I need to connect to a Benchmark ADC1 that only has XLR inputs. I know that Benchmark sells RCA to XLR cables. I could also buy high quality RCA to XLR cables elsewhere.
I have decent quality gold plated XLR to RCA adapters on hand (similar to the ones sold at Moon Audio), so I decided to try my Triode Wire Labs RCA cables from the tape out into the XLR/RCA adapters to see how a recording would sound. The first rip I did sounded great. My system is capable of high resolution, so the last thing I want is the adapter to be a limiting factor.
Here are the options I am considering:
- Jensen transformers to convert RCA to XLR.
- Purchase RCA to XLR cables.
- Purchase the best possible RCA to XLR adapter like the Cardas Clear and use my Triode Wire Labs RCA cables.
The Jensen transformers are marketed as hum eliminators, but my system is quiet so I do not need the transformers for that purpose. I would just want the 1:1 transformer to convert from RCA to balanced out and do the least amount of damage to the signal.
I would appreciate opinions from others that had a similar situation.