I was looking at XLR to RCA adapters on Music Direct and it seems like they were very careful to point out that a particular adapter was for "output" and another for "input." Does it matter which way the signal is going through an adapter? How about interconnects? Should the signal always go from male side to female? Does it matter if you are using XLR versus RCA?
Forgive me if the answer is obvious, but I am a total newbie.
Rickschell - it's easy to remember if you know the reason. XLR input sides (of component or cable) are always female to prevent touching input (recessed contact). In addition XLR connectors are locking. It was intended for studio/concert environment but I also enjoy safety of my XLR ICs.