XLR to RCA interconnect. Does mixed connectors provide less noise compared RCA to RCA?

I am currently using Signal Audio Cable which is XLR to RCA. between the pre-outs of Rogue integrated amp and a Balanced Audio Technology VK-200 amp which has both XLR  and RCA connectors.  I

 was holding out to replace the Rogue with either a BAT pre-amp with both XLR and RCA or another brand of pre-amp which is equal to the BAT.   However, I got a great deal on a Conrad Johnson PV-14L SE ( with the upgraded caps) which has all RCA's. 

My questions is it worth getting the same XLR to RCA to connect an Ayre CX7e mp CD player which has  XLR outputs to the CJ preamp's CD inputs, or just stay with the Harmonic Technology "Truth Link" RCA to RCA  IC  ( previous model but highly rated) I currently use. 

Is there one brand of XLR to RCA interconnects that is better sounding than others. I almost bought  a Mogami XLR to RCA, but it was too long and more money.    Thank you

Hi Jim,

I’d suggest asking Ayre, as I suspect the most significant factor that would be involved is how the balanced and unbalanced output circuits of the CDP are implemented. But FWIW my guess is that changing to an XLR-to-RCA cable is unlikely to provide any benefit.

If you do go with an XLR-to-RCA cable, however, MAKE SURE that it does not ground either of the two signals in the balanced signal pair. My impression is that most such cables, and also most XLR-to-RCA adapters, connect pin 3 (which carries a signal) to pin 1 (ground). That would be appropriate when adapting an RCA output to an XLR input, but can cause problems or conceivably even damage in many cases when adapting an XLR output to an RCA input. This thread, which also involved a solid state CDP, being an example.

Good luck with the new preamp! Regards,
-- Al
Well done, Jim. You finally found a good preamp.

Good advice by Al to call Ayre. Most adapters do tie ground pin 1 to pin 3 as l have found, and Al has commented on other threads.
A follow-up to my previous post: I took a look at the manual for the CDP. It states:
It is not normally recommended to use both sets of analog outputs simultaneously.
Also, Stereophile’s measurements of an earlier version of the player show output amplitudes and impedances that are exactly twice as much for the balanced outputs as for the unbalanced outputs.

The relevance of all of this is that it suggests that the signal provided to the RCA connector for each channel is not independently buffered relative to the signals provided to the XLR connector, and that the RCA connector is wired directly to XLR pin 2. Meaning that both XLR pin 2 and the RCA connector are being driven with the same signal from the same output circuit. Which would seem to confirm that changing to an XLR-to-RCA cable is unlikely to be helpful.

Best regards,
-- Al