I can't believe with that what you say meaby time to invest in hi end speakers??? RCA connectors have any player even the cheapest but XLR only the more expensive ones from the top shelf is a reason for that\n\n\nYou really have sucked up a lot of cod's wallop. XLR connections are for very long runs, mainly for issues about noise. For short runs, like in domestic equipment XLR has zero to offer over unbalanced RCA. None.\n\nBoth optical and RCA digital are good connections for most purposes, except for certain applications like ARC.\n\nYour best connection to a receiver from a CD player or any peripheral for that matter, is a digital one. If you use analog you will end up with double conversions.\n\nIt is clear to me that you have been on a zillion sites full of wrong and harmful information.\n\nOn this site you will get the unvarnished truth, and the best advice you can get pretty much anywhere. There are many friend here who work hard to keep it that way.\n\nIf you don't like truth, then go the the 'fairytale' sites.