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That is definitely the best way to go. Audio quality is usually better with balanced interconnects (sometimes MUCH better).
The signal-to-noise ratio with balanced cables is ten thousand times as good as with unbalanced (RCA) interconnects.
It is not uncommon, in recording venues, to run a balanced cable over 100 feet from a suspended overhead microphone to the mixing console.
A microphone puts out a much much smaller signal than a line-level signal, so you can see how good a balanced cable is to be noise-free with such a long run.
A 30-foot run with any balanced cable should be absolutely free of any noise or hum and give perfect results.
By the way; it is a total waste of money to buy "premium-quality" balanced interconnects. They won't give you any better quality than the basic cables sold by any pro-audio store as "microphone cables" for $20 or $30 or less.
With unbalanced cables, there are huge differences in performance between various cables, as I have proven many times; but I digress...lol.
I make my own balanced cables with standard AES cable ($1 per foot), and top-quality XLR connectors with gold pins for about $5 each.