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I bought to try out in audiophile home theater mid-fi setup, and they were bested by mogami gold. I ran 3' lengths of cable matters xlr from Anthem D2 preamp to bryston 4bst amps, sound through paradigm studio reference 80 v1 (speaker cable 16g magnet wire). I normally run audioquest rca's (can't remember the model, but the $180 set that come with the little battery to run a negative charge to cancel out interference). I had a pair of the Audioquest for right and left and the center channel. The Cable Matters xlr's replaced the right and left channel interconnects for testing and they sounded pretty decent, probably better than many interconnects had sounded that were worth less than $60 when new. There was decent imaging and bass, but they lacked the top end sparkle of the audioquest rca's. I then tested out the Cable Matters on the center channel, going from the D2 to a bryston 5bst to a paradigm 590 v4. The performance was similar to what I'd seen with the stereo mains, but the dialog was clean and clear (just a bit dull). I tested a Mogami gold on the center channel and was quite angry that the performance was identical to the audioquest RCA ($35 mogami xlr equal to $165 audioquest rca). I know that I can hear the difference between a receiver and a quality stand alone amplifier in my system, and even between bryston, haffler, and adcom amps at normal volumes. I can tell the small differences that different speaker wires can make. I'm not sure any additional burn in with the cable matters would've helped their top end, i think that burn is more related to tube amps warming up and speaker woofers stretching out to full extension. so for $11 bucks a pair for these cable matter xlr's I rate these just as good as many of the rca's that i tested in the past worth less than $60-$75. so a great value if you can use them in your system. they are not as good as Mogami Golds, which are an exceptional value and are staying in my system. I think for sound reinforcement pro audio that these appear to have solid construction and very good sound, and are a heck of a good bargain. but if you want 100% peace of mind that you will get the best sound, want a product with a long history of reliability and durability, go with Mogami.
I used a bunch of these to connect my pre-amp to my 9 power amps. Two of the cables were picking up interference and sending it to the amp which they were attached to, which is odd for XLR cables and their ground wire. This was evident by the amps signal meters bouncing, even though the pre-amp was off. I swapped out the two cables feeding that amp, and everything was fine. Otherwise, no issues.
If you're an audiophile, these interconnects are not for you. You're much better off with something like Gotham interconnects. But if you're like 99% of the people looking for XLR cables, these are decent. The gauge is a bit larger than most of the other XLR cables offered on Amazon. The cable and XLR connectors are well made.
After you plug in cable the usable distance between components isn’t 3 feet and I needed at least 35 inches. You will need to subtract the length of each connector to get usable length. Cable construction seemed good and value is good.