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Questions about using 3.5mm, RCA etc with amps

Some basic questions about headphones and sound quality:

1. Is there any inherent sound quality difference between using 3.5mm vs RCA connectors?

2. Do adapters affect signal quality? i.e. 3.5mm splitter into RCA, or 3.5mm into XLR?

3. On a forum, someone said their Atom amp on high-gain setting clearly had better instrument separation in high-gain vs low-gain. (Volumes were level matched). Is something like that possible, technically speaking?

4. If I ran an optical cable from Xbox One X console to an external DAC & AMP to my headphones, should I expect to notice a improvement vs using XB1X controller to 3.5mm AUX to amp & headphones?

May 2020 update: home is sold, 9.1.4 HT is in storage! Surviving lockdown with Sennheiser HD 58X & Sony WH1000-XM3 & JDS Labs Atom headphones/amp
HT gear: Denon X4400H; Klipsch RP; SVS PC-4000; Buttkicker Advance.
Future upgrades: dual subs; room treatments; Monolith 7x amp; DIY BOSS riser; MiniDSP; speaker upgrades (SVS?)

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