What's better? RCA to RCA with XLR adapter or RCA to XLR?
Mar 1, 2006 at 12:06 AM Thread Starter Post #1 of 16

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which is better sounding, with the adapter or should i get the other end of the rca ic's terminated in XLR. (speaking of lavry da10 black dac to singlepower rca amp). I do not care about selling the connector down the road. Thank you
 
Mar 1, 2006 at 12:19 AM Post #3 of 16

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thank you for the reply, i plan to get some xlr-rca grover ur6.'s
 
Mar 1, 2006 at 12:25 AM Post #4 of 16

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thank you for the reply, i plan to get some xlr-rca grover ur6.'s


You can always pick up some male RCA to male XLR adapters down the road should you decide to go with a single ended source.
 
Mar 1, 2006 at 4:31 PM Post #6 of 16

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You can always pick up some male RCA to male XLR adapters down the road should you decide to go with a single ended source.


Far better would be an entirely new set of cables.

The weakest link in a sound system is always where there is a log jam asuming good electronics and if anything all that "metal" is to be avoided at all costs if at all possible if sonic quality is your end goal (which presumably it is if aftermarket cables are important enough to purchase at a premium cost).
Think minimal metal area for all things audio (and another reason why XLR is a far superior connector even for single ended connections) with the BAL-to-SE connection made right inside the XLR shell
 
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Far better would be an entirely new set of cables.

The weakest link in a sound system is always where there is a log jam asuming good electronics and if anything all that "metal" is to be avoided at all costs if at all possible if sonic quality is your end goal (which presumably it is if aftermarket cables are important enough to purchase at a premium cost).
Think minimal metal area for all things audio (and another reason why XLR is a far superior connector even for single ended connections) with the BAL-to-SE connection made right inside the XLR shell



Well clearly, if you have the money that would certainly be the best route... just giving options for those who might not be able to be so liberal in spending.
 
Mar 1, 2006 at 9:55 PM Post #8 of 16

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Originally Posted by BrianS
which is better sounding, with the adapter or should i get the other end of the rca ic's terminated in XLR. (speaking of lavry da10 black dac to singlepower rca amp). I do not care about selling the connector down the road. Thank you


All things being equal, of course it's better to have use XLR-RCA cable than use adapter+RCA cable, which means one more connection and one more metal connector. Whether your ears/system can resolve this difference is an entirely different matter, and since things like resale value, cost, cable rolling ARE a concern, I would tend to just get a good quality XLR-rca adapter.

If you do get XLR-RCA cable and want to go the distance, try to use something better than the ubiquitous Neutrik XLR plugs and consider XLR plugs like Furutech, Vampire, etc.
 
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Originally Posted by Jon L
All things being equal, of course it's better to have use XLR-RCA cable than use adapter+RCA cable, which means one more connection and one more metal connector. Whether your ears/system can resolve this difference is an entirely different matter, and since things like resale value, cost, cable rolling ARE a concern, I would tend to just get a good quality XLR-rca adapter.

If you do get XLR-RCA cable and want to go the distance, try to use something better than the ubiquitous Neutrik XLR plugs and consider XLR plugs like Furutech, Vampire, etc.



Actually the Neutrick XLRs are a very fine plug and some of the best I have come across. I have tried quite a few different brands name brand and not and have always found myself more times then not coming back to the Neutrick line of XLR plugs. The Vampire and Furutechs are nice but my largest gripe with them is the lack of adequate strain relief.
 
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Actually the Neutrick XLRs are a very fine plug and some of the best I have come across.


I agree with that.The Nuetriks along with the Amphenol XLRs can take a real pounding in the field with zero failures and the well designed strain releif is no small part of that.Constant flexing at the cable/plug is the weak spot of all audio cables and while not so very important in a permanant fixed installation WAY important for any mobile/semi-permanant duty.

(I also like the Nuetrik color coded add-on collars that can be a real aid when you have a bazillion connections to lash up at fifty feet from end to end which means either shooting a pulse down the line line and monitoring the "tone" or "yellow plug to input A
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The Vampire and Furutechs are nice but my largest gripe with them is the lack of adequate strain relief.


inject them with a mold. Thats what I did for the vampire connectors, strain relief becomes a non-issue all though a permanent solution. Otherwise small awg cables will just hang loosely by the solder points.
For sound quality and optimal performance I agree no adapter option is best for signal purity.
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