Be interesting to see if CAT will modify the pre for XLR I/Os
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I use RCA out from my Audio Research PH7 Phono (RCA)to ARC LS26 line stage XLR inputs w/Cardas adaptors with great results. Sound opened up, much better, more transparent a great improvment, then used LS26 XLR out (also w/Cardas adaptors) to the ARC amps.
The only unit I have that has XLR in & out is the LS26, I don`t know a great deal about "electronics" but I think what happened is that the XLR "path" within the LS26 reveals more detail and is quieter. "a no going back" upgrade.
Like many others, I'm also using the cardas adapters between amp and pre-amp. In my case, it's modwright swl9.0 se pre --> cardas adapters --> acoustic zen matrix ii interconnects --> nuforce ref 9 v2 se amps.
The cardas product is very good in my setup. I retained the big soundstage I was used to hearing, and didn't have to re-terminate the interconnects (which provides downstream flexibility).