Experiences With Costly Balanced XLR Interconnects Above $3,000

I’ve had great success going with quality (and costly) mains power cables in the main system. In my experience power cords bring the most significant difference in comparison to interconnects and speaker cables. However, I have not really tried the best interconnects out there.

I currently have the Wireworld Silver Eclipse 8 XLR and an Acrolink 8N-A2080III Evo XLR in the system. Both sound excellent although different in their presentation. I’m wondering if the top-of-the-line WW Platinum Eclipse 8 XLR or Acrolink Mexcel DA6300IV XLR will bring a noticeable or worthwhile improvement to the sound.

Any experiences would be appreciated.



You may want to try Inakustik NF-2404 Pure Silver XLR 1m for $3700. Its price is not outrageous like Transparent Opus or Nordost Odin. The Inakustik is better than a lot of higher price cables. My system uses Inakustik, made in Germany.

Thanks for the recommendation @cfa88. I will look into it later. I am aware about the advantages of some of these pure silver or monocrystal silver interconnects from the likes of Siltech or other brands which have been recommended on the forums before and have no doubt they are excellent. It’s only the high price that is preventing me from trying them.

I think the monocrystal silver cables from some manufacturers are costlier than pure silver.

Test out The Cable Company's lending library and try a few different cables. Let us know what you tried and what worked. 


The answer your question is easy.  Yes, having the second “Hot” wire cancels noise, but quality of the conductors and the plugs still make a difference as well.

All the best.

I have only one set of XLRs that go from my Horizon DAC/preamp to my Gryphon EVO amp so its been less costly to go up the product lines. I have been running a Shunyata Sigma V2 Interconnect and have on loan from my dealer an Audioquest Dragon. These are both great cables but there are clear differences between the cables. I find when cable shopping there are clearly diminishing returns, BUT once I hear them in my system it's impossible for me to un-hear that 2% difference. I think it's risky logic to have one of us say one high end cable is better than another as it's system(including your room) dependant. I vote yes, thry the upgrade. If you are buying retail and your dealer won't let you try the cable before you buy it, find another dealer. I think buying used and selling if its not a fit is great as well. Good luck!