Defeat the purpose of what ?? If you are talking about preamp gain, no it does not.
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I think you are referring to the possibility of using adapters at both ends of your RCA cable. That would definitely not be "doing it right," for several different reasons.
I would emphasize, though, that the tradeoff between RCA and XLR interconnections will often be more significantly influenced by the internal design of the components that are involved than by the cable itself. So it might be helpful to first try a pair of inexpensive but well made balanced cables, such as Mogami Gold Studio or Blue Jeans, before deciding on whether or not to invest in more expensive cables.
Thanks for everyone's responses. I don't know if theses facts make any difference but let me put them out there. My preamp is the Jaton RC 2000P Operetta . Amp is Audio-GD SA-300 SE. Speakers are Monitor audio silver RS 6
I was able to speak to both King Wa of Audio GD and George of Jaton.
George says of the RC 2000P that from their test the XLR measures a 6db lower noise floor. When I asked King Wa he just said I could expect a 15% improvement in sound. Lower noise floor here as well? He did not elaborate. It is with these things in mind that Make me want to try the XLR connection. Having said that it would seem that the only way to see any Apple to apple comparison is to get a the GA-0 in XLR As currently I halve the RCA version.
Make a cable consisting of ONLY dozens of RCA/XLR adapters stuck together...may sound like crap, but it's interesting and allows all options...custom instantly adjustable length, satisfies your Leggo compulsions, helps train you in child anti choking first aid skills, and just shows you care. Also...this thread reminded me of a horrible Mogami Gold XLR cable experience...I can't talk about it...it was horrible *shudders*. I now use AQ Diamondback XLRs.
Wolf, I recall your mention of that negative experience with the Mogami's in the past. In fairness, it should be said that many others have reported very positive experiences with that cable. I certainly don't doubt the accuracy of what you perceived, and I have no idea what the explanation might have been, but it should be said that your experience was atypical of most or all others that have been reported here.
Mechans, yeah, he's definitely ok :-) As you appear to realize, and as he has frequently done in the past, he just brings some much needed levity to these parts. :-)
HEY...I was being serious...and yes, Mogamis usually are fine as I've used their mic cables for years. My turntable cable is weird reddish Japanese neglex and seems fine. It was odd...the Mogamis could have been made on a Wednesday, or infected with some strange Guitar Center karma, or dare I say (and who the hell says "dare I say?") COUNTERFEIT MOGAMI...made in a dimly lit sweatshop by nefarious cable fakers.