I want to try some XLR'S

I have never used them but now that I have a source, pre, and amp that can use them I want to try them. This is a second system and I don't want to spend a ton of money. I am currently use BJC unbalanced IC's. I was thinking about try their XLR's since they would only be about $100 for four cables. Is there anything worthwhile in going this route?

Thanks
Dagmar

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  • motorstereomotorstereo Posts: 1,045
    FWIW when I was playing around with xlr's vs rca. I found that my MIT shotgun rca's sounded better than my Kimber xlr's in a direct comparison. I did not want that to happen as it meant now I need to hunt down some MIT xlr's. I did that and that ended up being an upgrade over the MIT rca's. Since it's only a C note for 4 cables why not give it shot and then you'll know firsthand? Then again since it's for a secondary rig why not upgrade the cables on the main rig with some really nice cables and use the cast offs for a possible upgrade on the secondary?
  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 5,871
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  • afterburntafterburnt Posts: 5,174
    @motorstereo the main rig is strictly unbalanced IC's. I just figured XLR's could make a noticeable improvement on this system. I guess you are right though at 100 bucks I can use em to tie up a roast if I don't like em. But then maybe there are some reall good ones out there for 150 bucks?

    Thanks
    Dagmar
  • steveinazsteveinaz Posts: 18,799
    Signal Cables XLR's are a great value, and great quality.
    Source: Bluesound Node 2i | Preamp/DAC: PS Audio Stellar Gain Cell | Power Amp: Parasound Halo A21 | Speakers: PSB Imagine T2 | Cables: Kimber Hero XLR; Kimber 8VS Bi-Wire; DH Labs D-75 Dig Coax | AC Power: Panamax M5300-PM
  • DaveHoDaveHo Posts: 2,142
    Throw Cullen into the mix as well
  • steveinazsteveinaz Posts: 18,799
    edited February 17
    Signal cable analog 2 XLR, $59/2ft pair. What are you waiting for?:

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    $6/pr for each additional foot needed.
    Source: Bluesound Node 2i | Preamp/DAC: PS Audio Stellar Gain Cell | Power Amp: Parasound Halo A21 | Speakers: PSB Imagine T2 | Cables: Kimber Hero XLR; Kimber 8VS Bi-Wire; DH Labs D-75 Dig Coax | AC Power: Panamax M5300-PM
  • mantismantis Posts: 15,232
    The design of XLR cables shield out unwanted noise. As long as you get properly terminated and correctly built models I see no reason to not use them. They absolutely help in bad EMI or RF situations when your current analog un balanced RCA connections are getting interference. You will experience a much lower noise floor and your system will sound worlds better. This is a much better upgrade then just simply getting better or higher end RCA cables. Balanced cables are where it's at and is the best connection.
    In the Pro world that's all we use. You can run a XLR cable very long distance with no issues at all.
    Dan
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  • verbverb Posts: 5,064
    Never tried XLR's but I like the mechanical locking interface way better than the friction fit RCA's. No more twisting, pulling, and tugging. IMO, of course. :smile:
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  • F1nutF1nut Posts: 41,224
    MIT unbalanced interconnects use locking RCA's. No twisting, pulling or tugging.
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  • verbverb Posts: 5,064
    F1nut wrote: »
    MIT unbalanced interconnects use locking RCA's. No twisting, pulling or tugging.

    Yep! Just got a set recently! Gonna place em between the amp and the pre! :smile:
    Basement: Polk SDA SRS, Rega RP1 TT, VTL 2.5 Preamplifier, Enlightened Audio Designs CD Transport, Northstar Designs DAC, Conrad Johnson MF2300A Amp, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, Wireworld Oasis 8 RCA IC's, MIT Terminator2 Bi-Wire speaker cables
    Office: PC, Marantz CD-1 transport, Marantz AMP-1, Acoustic Technologies Classic Speakers, SVS SB12 Plus Subwoofer, MIT AVt2 speaker cables, IFI Purifier2, AQ Cinnamon USB cable
    Spare Room: Dayens Ampino Integrated, Tjoeb 99 tube CD player (modified Marantz CD-38), Project BoxE Bluetooth Streamer, Polk TSi200's
    Living Room: Pioneer SX-N30 Network Receiver, Pioneer PD10AE CD Player, Furman M8-LX Power Conditioner, Polk RT265 In Wall Speakers, Polk DSW Pro 660wi Subwoofer
  • afterburntafterburnt Posts: 5,174
    Thanks for all of the suggestions. I ordered some Blewgene XLR's they were cheaper than any of the others that were suggested. I will let y'all know how it works out, or not because I suffer from CRAFTS. What was I talking about?
  • afterburntafterburnt Posts: 5,174
    edited February 22
    Get a load of this: The Schiit site sent me to these for XLR's "AmazonBasics XLR Male to Female Microphone Cable". Does anyone want to give me $7.19 x 4 so I can try em?

    https://www.amazon.com/AmazonBasics-Male-Female-Microphone-Cable/dp/B01JNLTTKS/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1507667731&sr=1-1&keywords=amazon+basics+xlr
  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 5,871
    edited February 22
    I always thought that due to the very nature of the XLR cable and it's balanced/noise cancelling construction, that it wasn't as crucial to get such an extravagant level of materials as say a regular single ended RCA cable.
    • "Electronic music is human sound adapting to indulge technology, and for some, it feels like the signature sound of energy. New and abstract sounds over hypnotic rhythms can conjure vast soundscapes for escape, pleasure, and transcendence."
  • motorstereomotorstereo Posts: 1,045
    Clipdat wrote: »
    I always thought that due to the very nature of the XLR cable and it's balanced/noise cancelling construction, that it wasn't as crucial to get such an extravagant level of materials as say a regular single ended RCA cable.

    I thought the same thing and I thought wrong. There's a substantial difference between my Kimber and MIT XLR's with the latter being the better sounding cable.
  • afterburntafterburnt Posts: 5,174
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