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In Reply to: RE: Xangsane SP-9003Ag (balanced configuration) posted by Fluter on January 20, 2024 at 16:31:34
Maybe you should use the Sp-9001Ag instead. Would be much less complicated.
Presumably you meant to solder the twisted wires to the -ground- pin (as Mike B suggests), but that is largely the configuration I was thinking of. Provided the 9003Ag was the cable I settled on. But admittedly I am tilting toward that 9001Ag option you've offered up simply because of the "single flat wire" layout for each signal path. I'd still have the sterling silver over copper in play for primary conduction and a more straightforward termination process to deal with overall with the 9001Ag.
As I am looking at an eventual 20+ foot cable run, the slightly less expensive 9001Ag has another "plus" going for it in that respect.
Thanks for the suggestion!
Yeah, with the SP-9001AG you could twist the shield and add it to the ground at the source end.
Not sure of the level of your DIY, but terminating a xlr connector is not quite as easy as a RCA, so terminating the 9003 will be more challenging.
Not just the source end, BOTH ENDS need to be connected ! Because it's acting as a main ground wire, since there is no separate ground wire supplied.
The 9001 has three internal conductors, two solid silver and a stranded.
So the stranded is already available for ground, so the shield doesn't need to be connected at both ends.
But the title refers to the 9003 which I refer to, and we have been asked about.
I think at this point, rather than going for the extended length right off the bat, I'm settling on a more iterative approach. That is by opting for shorter bulk lengths of both types (9001 & 9003) and self-terminating them with some of the XLR's I have on hand.
I am admittedly a bit taken by the single continuous (flat/rectangular) leads of the 9001 variety, and presently look at the 9003 as "over-engineered" for the somewhat atypical WiFi free domestic environment I have. But that's obviously just an opinion, not backed up by any real tests. The 9003 is constructed in such a way, that perhaps when extended over 20' may become a positive attribute, but could be overkill at a shorter length when balanced. Though I do admit the 9003 has smitten several of you so I am certainly not discounting that fact.
Once my funding source resets in another day or two... I'll toss in my order for a 3m (1.5m x 2) sample of both types and warm up the soldering iron.
IMHO. They need three weeks continuous for burn in otherwise you will get days where your system will sound lifeless and just plane dull, also use good xlr connectors as they demand so. Enjoy your journey.
I know, but the OP seems more interested in the 9001 now.
I grant you that... would still retain the supposed "sterling" plating aspect of the +/- (solid) conductors, though seems a tad more susceptible to externally induced noise, which a partial star-quad would help to negate anyway - in addition to the usual positive attributes of a balanced configuration. Hmmm.
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