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Rca/xlr

Discussion in 'Audio Hardware' started by alternatetune, Apr 13, 2002.

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  1. alternatetune

    alternatetune New Member Thread Starter

    Location:
    arizona
    What are the benefits, if any, by running RCA to XLR?
    My CD player can accomodate XLR for output, but my integrated has only
    RCA ins. Im getting conflicting info. Anyone?
     
  2. Dave

    Dave Esoteric Audio Research Specialistâ„¢

    Location:
    Greater Vancouver
    alternatetune,

    It's better to stick with RCA's strictly as they are far more musical than XLR connections. This is according to Steve.;)
     
  3. KLM

    KLM Forum Resident

    My understanding is that XLR connections are better for longer runs of interconnects (greater than 3 meters) in that they offer less signal degradation. If you are using anything less than 3 meters then RCA's should be fine. I don't think a RCA to XLR adaptor would be any benefit and may introduce some minor degradation with the extra connections.
     
  4. Tullman

    Tullman Senior Member

    Location:
    Boston MA
    My CAT preamp won't even accept XLR's. The designer prefers the RCA's.
     
  5. Dave

    Dave Esoteric Audio Research Specialistâ„¢

    Location:
    Greater Vancouver
    KLM,

    You are correct but the distance is over 25ft. I run a 16ft. pair with just RCA's with no signal degredation at all.
     
  6. Mal

    Mal Phorum Physicist

    Just to be clear about it - the above only applies when you are running from a balanced output to a balanced input (ie you have two signals 180 deg out of phase from each other running down the XLR cable [and an earth] and a differential amplifier at the input of the preamp).

    If you run XLR outs on the source to RCA inputs on the amp you will not gain anything in terms of signal degredation on long cable runs compared to using RCA at both ends.

    :)
     
  7. alternatetune

    alternatetune New Member Thread Starter

    Location:
    arizona
    Thanks for all the help! Ill stick with my Stealth silver RCAs. They do a fine job by me.
     
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