Originally Posted by nycebo
Yes, definitely keep us (me!) posted about the XLR balanced cables. I'd love to know if you are able to discern marked differences between your present setup and the new cables. To my current and ignorant knowledge, balanced cables make much more of a difference for long runs.
Ok so the test.
Hardware. Av7005/MM7055, ps3, AirPlay from iPhone, Mac mini.
Speakers. B&W cm8. Cm center, cm 1 rears. 5.1
First up radio shack RCA $3.99 6 ft
Good sound with concert type voices. This was my first test so I wasn't sure what to compare it to. But was light years ahead in sound quality of my onkyo 709. Two channel I had nice bass and crisp voice like mentioned before. Great distinction between instruments. For movie same thing up front voices and very crisp.
Next up BJC belden xlr $29.99 4ft
Good sound slightly louder I would say. So -10 on RCA seemed like -15 on xlr. I really can't tell a huge difference to be honest. In all honesty I think the voices might have been cleaner with the RCA. Bass is exactly the same. Not really sure why I am leaning to the RCA setup more then this just something about it was cleaner in terms of crispness. Maybe I need to listen to RCA again.
This is completely my own ears opinion. I could be way off.
Bottom line. If you walked into RadioShack and spent 17 bucks on 5 RCA cables u wouldn't be missing out on something special compared to 150 bucks on 5 xlr. They where so similar I was actually quite surprised I must say I was a skeptic when someone said go to radio shack and buy the cheapest cable. In reality they really where not far off.