Transsexual, Androgynous and Hybrid interconnects

Is it a better idea to have a custom interconnect cable terminated with a male XLR on one end and male RCA on the other? I'd rather not use an adapter if I didn't have to.

My amp only has XLR connections and the crossover that came with my newly purchased speakers only has RCA's. Is the custom cable I am proposing a good idea or is an adapter the best way to go?

Any advantages of one idea over the other?

An adapter will allow you to change cabling easier and more cheaply. Is this for a subwoofer connection? If so, it would seem a custom cable is overkill, IMO.

Also, poor re-sale value on RCA/XLR cables due to lack of demand.

I'd recommend going with an adapter.
I think Grant (Tvad) makes a great point.

However, as an AtmaSphere owner (and, it is a small club, which I why I agree with Grant), having a cable like you mentioned is VERY attractive to me. The Atmas are simply quieter when you run into their balanced input. Yet, as I have always went into them from a single ended component, be it preamp, CDP, or tuner, I have run this kind of cable successfully.

There are probably other people out there with a similar situation to me, but again, I think Grant's opinion is most wise.
This is not for a subwoofer. I purchased a set of Infinity IRS Beta speakers and they come with a servo control/crossover that has all RCA connections and my amps only have XLR connections.

I understand about the re-sale value problem....I'll deal with that later. But from an audible standpoint, would a custom cable be better than using an adapter?
But from an audible standpoint, would a custom cable be better than using an adapter?
Mitch4t  (System | Threads | Answers)

Honestly, this is something you have to hear for yourself. I did it both ways, and heard no degradation in sound using Neutrik adapters purchased from Audioparts, Inc versus custom XLR/RCA cables.

Whatever you decide, be certain to specify your PASS Labs amplifier's XLR pin configuration to the cable fabricator, otherwise you will hear hum and/or other problems. I learned the hard way that XLR pin configurations are not universal.
Any time you reduce the number of connection points, the better off you are. [I work in telecom and it always amazed me how many splices exist between the telephone and the CO/end point. Yes, it works, to ~3kHz or so.]

That said, the Betas ARE an end point, at least for awhile, and if/when you choose to sell, perhaps you could bundle the cables as part of the deal, provided the buyer had a similar setup. I always rail against RCAs, and wish they could and would go away. At least the technology is not stale thanks to the likes of WBT and Eichmann, among others.

There's a recent thread about this topic, and one chap found little difference from the Cardas and the generic ones he found from Markertek. No idea what was in his rig, your results may vary.
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....thanks to all of you for your responses.
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Given that the crossover accepts RCA only, your best choice is XLR-to-RCA cable. This is the purist approach, which does not add any "processing" to the audio signal, be it an active converter or a passive transformer.
Be sure to terminate the unused phase of the XLR in the recommended impedance and not in a short, like most adapters do!