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In Reply to: RE: Abbatron XLR Connectors posted by Duster on January 22, 2017 at 21:54:16
I find VH Audio's V-Twist Cu24 bulk interconnect cable when terminated with gold Abbatron XLR connectors for a DIY AES/EBU cable project sounds very coherent and dynamic from a front row perspective, without sounding too forward if presence from a midrange POV is desirable. There is a level of warmth, but there is also a sense of speed involved in the presentation that offers good PRAT. I might go as far to opine that the gold Abbatron XLR connector is the best lower-cost level XLR connector option for use with the VH Audio V-Twist Cu24 bulk interconnect cable. A substantial step-up from the lackluster presentation of bronze base metal Neutrik and ViaBlue XLR connectors, IME, YMMV. Additionally, there is a silver plated version of the Abbatron XLR connector worthy of exploration that's next on the list. The only other XLR connector on the main wish-list is a rhodium XLR connector made by Furutech as a higher-performance option vs. the impressive-sounding EIZZ XLR connector terminated AES/EBU digital cables within my collection.
Edits: 01/26/17Follow Ups:
what would you use for the third conductor?
VH Audio recommends the use of an external counter-spiraled ground wire connected to the XLR ground contacts at both ends of the V-Twist when implemented as a balanced cable if a ground wire is wanted/needed. That said, I completely ignore the ground contact since it is unnecessary for a home audio application, in my opinion. The ground contact is also in the return signal path along with the negative contact of the twisted pair, so it's unnecessary and simply gets in the way of the optimized balanced twisted pair geometry, and does nothing good for the performance, in my opinion. The same issue applies to a shielded twisted pair, in that a DIY XLR cable builder should first try connecting the shield to the ground contact at the source end of the cable only, and leave it unconnected at the load end, then connect the shield at the load end as well in order to hear which method sounds best to their ear. YMMV
where can these be purchased?
Allied Electronics carries the Abbatron XLR connectors under the associated G&H Industries brand:
G&H Industries Gold XLR Female: Mfr. Part#: XLR3FBG06:
G&H Industries Gold XLR Male: Mfr. Part#: XLR3MBG06:
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