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XLR vs RCA

eduardoc, modified 10 Years ago.

XLR vs RCA

Youngling Posts: 22 Join Date: 11/3/09 Recent Posts
Hello,

I own a pair of 8040A (at home, no studio usage) connected with XLR cables to a DAC/Preamp. I was wondering
if I can hear a difference using XLR câbles (XLR->XLR) (so with symmetric signal) versus RCA câbles (RCA-> XLR). The length is about 3 meters.
I want to replace my DAC/Preamp with something more versatile and my future Preamp will not have any XLR connections.

Thank you!

Cédric
ilkka-rissanen, modified 10 Years ago.

Re: XLR vs RCA

Yoda Posts: 2564 Join Date: 3/23/09 Recent Posts
Hello Cédric,

Balanced connection will improve the signal-to-noise ratio in conditions where noise is induced to the signal cables. A 3 meter run in normal home conditions shouldn't pose any problems to unbalanced connection.
eduardoc, modified 10 Years ago.

Re: XLR vs RCA

Youngling Posts: 22 Join Date: 11/3/09 Recent Posts
Thank you Ilkka,

do you know consumer products Pro-Ject ? Is it correct ?

Thank you!

Cédric
ilkka-rissanen, modified 10 Years ago.

Re: XLR vs RCA

Yoda Posts: 2564 Join Date: 3/23/09 Recent Posts
I don't have any personal experience with Pro-Ject products but I have usually recommended them if someone is asking for a simple and affordable pre amplifier etc.
eduardoc, modified 10 Years ago.

Re: XLR vs RCA

Youngling Posts: 22 Join Date: 11/3/09 Recent Posts
Ok,

and what would you recommend for something less affordable ?
ilkka-rissanen, modified 10 Years ago.

Re: XLR vs RCA

Yoda Posts: 2564 Join Date: 3/23/09 Recent Posts
Hi,

Unfortunately there are so many different brands and models available that I don't have enough experience to recommend anything specific.