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Directionality

I think a lot of the nonsense about directionality comes from cables (Monster comes to mind) with direction arrows on them. It has nothing to do with signal flow, but everything to do with good shielding practice. There's a rule that says signal current should never flow in shields. The usual practice is to use 2-conductor shielded cable, and only connect the shield at one end. The usual end to connect the shield is at the driven end because that's usually the quieter ground. Thus, they put an arrow on the cable that points to where the load should be connected. You can plug them in either way and they'll sound exactly the same, though possibly noise will be a tad higher or lower one way or the other.

FWIW, I can't hear the difference between interconnects. Did a test some weeks ago on the matter here-


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