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Old 01-22-2008   #1
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Default Mixing interconnects

Is is ok to mix interconnects? i.e. Cardas xlr's, audioquest xlr's and etc? I'm in the process of building up m HT system and was wondering if it was ok to do so. Should I stick with one brand?
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It OK to do if you need to but when you see programs from the likes of Transparent where they will let you trade in your old stuff to get a complete Transparent system - it starts to make sense to use all one brand.

To me - all cables have a "sound" to them thus your system gets better when you can match that sound in your audio chain.

For example: you might plug in your HD DVD player's 5.1 input with Cardas but use Kimber for the amp to preamp and speaker connections. I see nothing wrong with that.

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For example: you might plug in your HD DVD player's 5.1 input with Cardas but use Kimber for the amp to preamp and speaker connections. I see nothing wrong with that.

that was my next question. thank you for answering it. I'm off to order my cc-690 and some speaker cables for my cousins new Studio 20's that I got him for xmas.
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I don't think most people have every interconnect and speaker cable the same brand.
Usually because most of us have been collecting over years, adding a little at time.
Unless you get involved in an upgrade program like Jerry said, you will most likely end up having multiple brands in your system.

I have lots of transparent, some AQ, and few others.

Back when I decided to bi-amp, Cardas was the only one making decent balanced Y cables, so I am still using them with my transparent interconnects.
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Should I get active shielding or nonactive shielding? is active shielding BS?
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