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balanced interconnect (xlr) vs RCA

Can anyone tell me what the difference is between a balanced interconnect and a regular RCA interconnect? I mean, I have been using regular RCA interconnects till now - can I just switch to "balanced" (xlr) interconnect? Would it improve sound quality? CD player is the Cyrus CD 6S and amp is Rotel RA 1062. I see the xlr plug is actually different from the RCA plug, so I suppose the piece of balanced hi-fi equipment must come with special xlr sockets.

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RE: balanced interconnect (xlr) vs RCA

I will let Atlas cables tell you the difference (para 6.5):

They can make a difference if both components are fully balanced...but it's often equipment dependent, so trial and error is needed.

"We should no more let numbers define audio quality than we should let chemical analysis be the arbiter of fine wines."  Nelson Pass

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