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Old 06-08-2013, 06:57 PM - Thread Starter
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Is there a difference in sound quality between different brands of balanced XLR cables?

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Is there a difference in sound quality between different brands of balanced XLR cables?

Please vote Y or N

It is alleged by some that in certain very high EMI environments, such as a radio station completely located at the base of its transmitting antenna, that XLR cables like these can sometimes make a difference:

http://www.canare.com/ProductItemDisplay.aspx?productItemID=53



Note that they are available for only slightly higher prices than regular XLR cables.
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NO.

(unlike unbalanced cables, which are inadequately shielded by design and inherently susceptible to RF and power interference, not to mention other issues).
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No, and the same No for unbalanced cables in the 6-12 foot range. Unbalanced cables may invoke hum issues but that's really not a cable problem but rather a system problem.
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No difference in audio signal quality but as Arny alluded, some cable designs are superior in suppressing RFI . I have had the experience myself more than once. Canare's L4E6S and similar Quadstar cable lays in combination with an extremely dense braided shield deliver excellent RFI suppression as opposed to a standard twisted pair in a foil shield.
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Old 06-09-2013, 06:15 PM
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As I just posted in the sister thread:

There are measurable differences between balanced interconnects in worst case conditions. It's doubtful that your home listening is worst case.

Common-Mode to Differential-Mode Conversion in Shielded Twisted-Pair Cables
(Shield-Current-Induced Noise)

Jim Brown1 and Bill Whitlock2
1Audio Systems Group, Inc. Chicago, IL, 60640, USA
jim@audiosystemsgroup.com
2Jensen Transformers, Inc., Van Nuys, CA, USA 91406
This paper was presented at the 114th AES Convention in Amsterdam, March, 2003. You can search the
complete AES Electronic Library at http://www.aes.org/e-lib/ This paper is available as Preprint 5747.


http://www.audiosystemsgroup.com/AES-SCIN-ASGWeb.pdf

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Very well then I will save my shekels for other purchases.
I will go with 20 foot standard balanced connectors from my local music store.
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Old 06-12-2013, 09:25 AM
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I'd check out these, it's hard to do much better, IMO. Neutrik/Canare is my preference for my system, and a tough combo to beat,.. and Markertek offers up solid value and service.


I use the above XLR Neutrik/Canare combo to all seven channels, and three subs. I'm fully active to every element except my quad 18" IB.


One needn't spend much effort on sound quality differences with cabling. Even if differences exist, they're essentially minuscule relative to optimizing loudspeakers, and the acoustic interface and influence of the room. That's where the focus should be, and the big gains are achieved.

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