Balanced Versus not Balanced

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I.Greyhound Fan

Re: Balanced Versus not Balanced
« Reply #20 on: 7 Feb 2018, 09:35 pm »
Good to know that the Belden 8402 RCA's are not that good.  I was thinking about trying a pair for my phono pre to my BAT preamp since the 8402 XLR's sound great.  I have a friend that bought the 8402 XLR's from Take five audio in Canada.  They are Cryo'd and use silver connectors.  He loves them too in his high end system. I bought mine from btpa.com with copper connectors.

Of course I tend to believe that cables sound different in different systems.  Just like my XLR adapters did not sound any different between the $30pr and $125pr Cardas and a previous poster heard differences.  However in a USB cable shoot out in my system there were significant differences among cables.

Wind Chaser

Re: Balanced Versus not Balanced
« Reply #21 on: 7 Feb 2018, 10:46 pm »
I did NOT try the 8402 with RCA plugs. My comparison was 8402 with XLR plugs vs TEO with RCA plugs, see the link below.

http://www.audiocircle.com/index.php?topic=155498.0

I.Greyhound Fan

Re: Balanced Versus not Balanced
« Reply #22 on: 7 Feb 2018, 11:05 pm »
I would love to try the Teo XLR's but too steep a price for me.  I tried the Cardas Parsecs and they sounded good and they should for almost $400pr although I bought them on sale.  The AQ Colombia 72v ($450pr but I bought them for $175pr on closeout) and the 8402's sounded better than the Cardas.

I have been curious about ZenWave XLR's but also a bit pricey.

My money would be better well spent on upgrading my Pass X250 to an X250.5 amp which is in the cards at some point this year.

Wind Chaser

Re: Balanced Versus not Balanced
« Reply #23 on: 8 Feb 2018, 07:25 pm »
My money would be better well spent on upgrading my Pass X250 to an X250.5 amp...

Maybe, and maybe not. Depends on what the weakest link in your system is. Before I bought the TEO's, I was looking at upgrading my Spatial M3ts to Triode Masters for $1200 + shipping. However I spent that money (and then some) on upgrading my cables instead. Based on the difference I can hear between the Belden and the TEO cables, I'm sure glad I put that money into cables instead of speakers.  :green: