Eric,Brand name would be helpfull if you recall.JD
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Well the obvious answer to this question is...
Your cables were designed to sound a certain way with the connections that were provided.
Adding another piece of metal to the end would alter the manufactures design.
That being said, for certain applications couplers, right angles, adapters are ok. Such as home theater applications.
But, if you are really serious about your music (and I think you are because you asked the question), and you want the purist of sound , no adapter should be used.
To be sure this is correct theoretically and probably in actuality too.
What I'm trying to discover is whether -- in practice -- people have been able to discern a meaningful difference in sound quality when using these adapters. My options are to use them, or to go to considerable trouble and expense to switch interconnects.
If people generally report that they haven't really been able to hear a difference when using them, that would be useful to know. Similarly, if people have found that they are problemmatic sound-wise, that too would be useful to know.
Eric, thanks for the dealer name.
Ozzy has a good point about the metalurgy discontinuities. I previously used Audioquest adapters in another system, I never heard any degradation in sound. I am presently using Cardas XLR/RCA adapters in some locations in my present rig, hear no degradation. In the case of the Cardas adapters I'm using those with Cardas cables, thus, no metalurgy issues. I guess you'll just have to try for yourself, I would try to get an exact metalurgy match, adapters made by the same manufacturer as your cables would be even better. Call your cable manufacturer and see if he can make some up for you.