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Connection question OPPO 95 with ANTHEM AVM30 via RCA/XLR

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#1 of 4 OFFLINE   etuoce007



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Posted January 25 2012 - 04:46 AM

I need help with advise on cables. I just picked up a used ANTHEM AVM30 and connected to my OPPO95. I am using a classe 300 for the two front channels and stereo ( I still really enjoy good quality stereo) and a classe ca75 six channel for center (2 bridged channels) and surrounds in a 5.1 set up. The HDMI goes directly from the OPPO to the TV (AVM30 does not have HDMI) and for now I am using coax for the connection AVM30 to the OPPO but I want to set it up for 2 channel with the 2 XLR out to the ANTHEM (direct mode) and with 6 RCA's analog out for movies using the DAC of the OPPO which I think will be better then the ANTHEM's. I have 3 sets of 2 older cables of the same length with RCA connectors, a Berkendorf & dresen 0.9L/3.0 50ohm set , a TARA labs prism set and monster cable m950I set. These are dating back to the stone age ( read stereo days) and certainly the first 2 sets were pricey. Can I use these 3 sets as RCA connectors for 6 channels analog from the OPPO to the ANTHEM or should they all be the same/upgraded? If a change is the way to go what do you recommend? Also, what XLR connect cables would you recommend for listening to direct stereo? Last but not least, the music from my NAS is currently streamed wirelessly via my AT&T/U-verse routers to the OPPO, am I loosing sound quality compared to hardwire cat5, if I were crazy enough to drill a bunch of holes through several walls and 1 floor ? Just curious. Thanks for any suggestions you may have.

#2 of 4 OFFLINE   gene c

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Posted January 25 2012 - 10:50 AM

Sorry to say I don't know much at all about XLR cables or uber-expensive analog inter-connects, but when I had my OPPO 83se hooked up to an H/K 7200 I used two sets of component video cables. They work just as well for audio and are dirt cheap with the advent of hdmi. The two I used were both from Acoustic Research These http://www.accessori...ble-3-Ft/1.html And these http://www.accessori...ble-3-Ft/1.html But I'm sure the mix/match cables you have would also work just fine. If you think one pair has an advantage over the others then use that pair for the fronts.
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#3 of 4 OFFLINE   Phil A

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Posted January 25 2012 - 02:14 PM

You may have differences in the mix and match cables but with multiple channels going it is going to be a hard thing to discern. bluejeanscable.com, diycable.com and empircaldesign.net are 3 (among many) that probably have not outrageously priced cables of decent quality. While I buy some things (since I am a sick audiophile), I make many of my own cables are many products are just silly expensive. When I was more actively buy materials and making cables, I actually had friends sell very expensive cabling after hearing mine. Anything in high end audio has diminishing returns and cables vs. things like room treatments are not likely to give you the biggest bang for the buck.

#4 of 4 OFFLINE   Wayne A. Pflughaupt

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Posted January 26 2012 - 10:06 AM

Also, what XLR connect cables would you recommend for listening to direct stereo?

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