Help with XLR ICs.

Ok gang. So here’s my situation. I’m looking to upgrade my XLR ICs. I’ve been using Straightwire Crescendo XLR ICs for many years now. I originally bought them for my first system I put together about 10 years ago. Since then I have totally upgraded my whole system including PCs which are 4 Audioquest Dragons (2) HC and (2) source. I really did want to go with Audioquest Dragons for my XLR ICs. But the prices for them brand new is to high for me. 2 m xlr are 18k and 1 m are 12k. I was looking for used for a few months now but never ever seen any that were ever for sale used. I also am using Straightwire Crescendo speaker cables which are quad wired. That’s 2 pairs for ea speaker going into ea mono amp. So u can imagine what the AQ Dragon quad wired speaker cables would cost.100k ++ That being said I will be keeping for now my Straightwire Crescendo speaker cables. So back to my original question post. What high end XLR ics would be a lot better than my Straightwire Crescendo XLRs. Budget is about 4k a pair. And will need 2 pairs. 2 m and 1 m. . I really did like the Straightwire Crescendos ICs and speaker cables for their powerful bass as they are also known for. So that being said I would like high end ICs that are known also for extremely good bass. My system consists of ARC Ref 750s mono blocks. ARC Ref 6Se pre. ARC ref 9 CDP. And a McIntosh MQ 112 EQ.  

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This is a serious question, not intended as a flame: can someone please explain to me, given the topology and function of balanced circuits, how any particular XLR cable composition can make a significant difference in sound, since whatever influence is cancelled back out by the recombination of the signals at the receiver end?

@jji666 The issue is that there’s a balance line standard (AES48) which most high end home audio equipment does not support. The result is that the shield of the cable is used for audio signal return much like it is with single-ended cables. So the construction of the cables, along with the capacitance resulting, makes a difference. Part of this has to do with the fact that the source impedances are higher than studio equipment as well as the input impedances of the equipment being driven.

There are high end home audio preamps that support AES48 and can drive impedances typically found where balanced lines are used in professional (broadcast, recording and so on) applications. If these preamps are used then most of the conversation of this thread is moot because the cables no longer make a difference (which is a large portion of the intention of balanced lines in the first place)!

Thanks. So does that translate to: if the equipment is truly balanced, then the XLR interconnects do not make a difference, but if the equipment isn't balanced but instead just has XLR but is really single-ended, then the XLR cables matter similarly to single-ended cables?