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Is it worth changing 3.5mm to RCA cable?

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I bought a Philips 3.5mm cable to connect my amp to the pc. But when i came home and i searched for RCA cables i saw it provides better SQ and that stuff.

 

I thought about going back to the store and exchange it for one of those but my mom threw the packaging in the bin so the only way is to buy another.

 

 But will be there a audible difference ?

 

I dont want to spend too much on it.

 

Cables i liked so far.

 

http://www.dealextreme.com/p/3-5mm-male-to-2-rca-male-audio-cable-180cm-length-72749

 

http://www.focalprice.com/CA0294B/MYE_15_m_35_mm_to_2_RCA_Cable_Black.html

 

http://blue.bandridge.nl/products/audio/analogue_connections/3_5mm/portable_audio_cable_1/features_benefits.html

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So you're asking if going 3.5mm to 3.5mm vs 3.5mm to RCA will make a difference? Assuming the sink device is handling it's inputs the same way, no it won't. In those cables the shield is just being tied common on the TRS jack, and the pins are still routed properly. So you won't gain a lot of anything. Perhaps it's easier to find shielded RCA/TRS cables than it is to find TRS cables, I don't know. Now, if whatever the sink device is handles the inputs differently, than yes you might have some variation. It might expect devices that feed via TRS have less or more gain, or expect a different impedance, or something else, or it might apply different processing (if any) to that input, etc. It's probably not an issue though.
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