RCA and Balanced XLR

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  1. Vince Chan

    Vince Chan Stunt Coordinator

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    What should be the maximum length of a run of interconnect terminted by RCA before I should step up to XLR termination?

    I have a pair of Active 40 speakers and my interconnect runs about 8 feet. Would there be an real difference between RCA and XLR at this length?

    Thx

    -Vince
     
  2. Phil A

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    I prefer to use balanced connections wherever possible. Of course a quality RCA vs. a mediocre balanced may well be better. I run balanced on the front 3 channels from my preamp to amp and found a difference with good quality cables of only 30 inches. The XLR connector locks nicely into place.
     
  3. Wayne A. Pflughaupt

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    Vince,

    If you already have equipment with balanced connections, by all means use them. If not, it is not worth the expense of conversion for the sake of an 8-ft. cable run.

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    Wayne A. Pflughaupt
     

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