As long as you're not mixing XLR and RCA, there should be no problem.
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Normally you would want to match cables. If you are concerned about them being the same lenght why wouldn't you be concerned about them being the same cable? It maybe slight but each type of cable has it's own sonic signature by mixing you maybe affecting sound, dynamics, range etc. The bottom line IMHO is if it sounds good don't worry about it.
Only one caution I would add to the previous excellent remarks. IMHO, I would start out with two pair of alike and neutral sounding cables (like Isreal Blume's CST IC's) so that I could discern the sound of the amp/speaker biamp combo before I started playing with attenuating frequency and time/space stuff with different cables. Create one problem for yourself at a time, sort it out and move on to the next. If you don't it could be very confusing in your evaluation. LOL!
Grisslehamn, I do not make or sell these wires, I only us them in my system at home because they sound good to my ear, are very neutral, and because they happen to be much cheaper than wires I have found to not sound as good (ie. 299.00USD for the first meter with your choice of termination). Also I own the Coincident Total Eclipse speakers that are wired internally with the same so it might stand to reason that consistency would work well. (Can't wait for the audiophile fall out on that remark, sorry.) Check out these websites for another opinion on CST. By the way I use the term "attenuate" to explain what most of the wire game seems to be about and that is IMHO, fixing what doesn't sound right about ones choice of components combined by wiring that modifys the sound. Cheers!
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I think the questions about matching were answered.
In terms of grounding, either direction is fine, I would just make sure I mounted the i/c's the same direction (if they are matched). Most i/c's are grounded on the "to" side if I am not mistaken (and if I am, I'm sure I will be jumped on)--I would just want to make sure that my pre to amp interconnect shielding was grounded on the same side (amplifier) to prevent any small residual currents (ground loops, hums, etc.). If you hear no problems, then they are probably not present--don't sweat the small stuff.