Balanaced connections are preferable for long runs. At one meter save some money and go with RCA.
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If you decide to go with balanced cables, and want to do it for a moderate price, then try Bryston's own XLR cables. They are very good, and at $125 for a pair, they are also a good value. It's unlikely that you will be able to tell the difference, however, between RCA's and XLR's with such a short length of cable.
I was also using AQ Quartz RCA interconnects between my Threshold amp and preamp for many years. Last year I decided to try balanced XLR cables and ordered the Signal Cable Silver Resolution cables. What a difference from the RCA AQ Quartz. The sound was much smoother with less grain and had more trransparency with better detail. After doing comparisons I found the AQ Quartz to sound grainy and gritty compared to the balanced Silver Resolution interconnect. The Signal Cable products are a real bargain and can hold their own with many cables costing much, much more. Hope this helps.
Just a follow-up. Bought two pairs of VH Audio "Pulsars" w/ the stock connectors and I am extremely pleased w/these IC's. (One set from pre/power and the other from CDP to pre.) After much thought, I decided that silver or silver-coated wire was not right for my tastes and system. I decided a copper IC was the way to go for me. These IC's are just superb. Balanced from top to bottom. Musical. An all-around great IC. Money extremely well spent. Chris was a pleasure to do business with and the service provided was first-rate. The cables were promptly shipped and well-packed. 30-day money-back guaranty. I can't image anyone returning these cables! But just in case...there's the trial period. I highly recommend these cables. (Before buying these I was able to audition a set of silver IC's which were 3X the cost. I decided to give the "Pulsars" a try and these were the ones I kept!) Give these affordable IC's a listen. Bill