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Balanced interconnects

Where can I get balanced interconnects.
Ive heard they sound better then most others.
There ddoesnt seem to be any reviews here.
Furthermore, I havent even seen any advertised!
Any advice rearding these. For my Audiolabs DAC to Intergrated Amp (havent chosen yet).

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RE: Balanced interconnects

Balanced interconnects are also known as XLRs, plenty have been reviewed by WHF, and many RCAs that have been reviewed have an XLR equivalent.

 

I use these:  http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/0-5M-MALE-TO-FEMALE-XLR-LEAD-PROEL-LIVEWIRE-BALANCED-PATCH-CABLE-RED-/330664281504?pt=UK_Computing_CablesConnectors_RL&hash=item4cfd2085a0#ht_500wt_1287

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RE: Balanced interconnects

pkerai wrote:
Where can I get balanced interconnects. Ive heard they sound better then most others. There ddoesnt seem to be any reviews here. Furthermore, I havent even seen any advertised! Any advice rearding these. For my Audiolabs DAC to Intergrated Amp (havent chosen yet).

 

XLR connectors come into their own in electrical noisy environments, ie studios and for long runs. They are generally more secure in their attachment to equipment and sometimes even have a push button lock for added security.

They do not sound any better than RCA leads in normal environments, but carry a higher gain signal due to having two 'hot' wires. They will sound louder,but that's it. If you want XLRs, the best place to buy them will be proaudio outlets, either on the high street, or online. Mine came from a pro audio distributer on Amazon and cost about £8 if I remember correctly.

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RE: Balanced interconnects

Overdose wrote:

pkerai wrote:
Where can I get balanced interconnects. Ive heard they sound better then most others. There ddoesnt seem to be any reviews here. Furthermore, I havent even seen any advertised! Any advice rearding these. For my Audiolabs DAC to Intergrated Amp (havent chosen yet).

 

XLR connectors come into their own in electrical noisy environments, ie studios and for long runs. They are generally more secure in their attachment to equipment and sometimes even have a push button lock for added security.

They do not sound any better than RCA leads in normal environments, but carry a higher gain signal due to having two 'hot' wires. They will sound louder,but that's it. If you want XLRs, the best place to buy them will be proaudio outlets, either on the high street, or online. Mine came from a pro audio distributer on Amazon and cost about £8 if I remember correctly.

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http://www.mediacollege.com/audio/balanced/cable-balanced.html

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RE: Balanced interconnects

pkerai wrote:
Where can I get balanced interconnects. Ive heard they sound better then most others. There ddoesnt seem to be any reviews here. Furthermore, I havent even seen any advertised! Any advice rearding these. For my Audiolabs DAC to Intergrated Amp (havent chosen yet).

 

You will be shocked to know, just like i was, that not all XLR connections are fully balanced. Some brands add XLR connectors to cable for convenience/market. If you need properly implemented balanced cable hot/cold/ground i would ask questions before purchase otherwise you may as well use single ended RCA.

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