Bored out of my skull, my system is keeping me sane.
However, my Bryston headphone amp has both XLR and RCA input and
is selectable with the flick of a switch. Using Audeze LCD-3. Using LFD
cables, RCA is silver XLR is copper.
I played Best of Supertramp CD. First thru RCA, it sounded anemic, thin
and not very engaging at all. Then thru the XLR, night and day, slam, balls
and foot tapping. Yes, XLR is louder but I tried increasing the volume when
using the RCA. Still falls behind.
But when I play a close mic Hifi-ish female vocal recording CD. The RCA wins
with detail and air and just singer in my face experience. I much prefer the RCA
for this compare to the XLR.
Why? is it silver vs copper thing. Or XLR vs RCA circuitry. Or do we need different
type of metal cables for different genre of music. Just throwing this out.