Always believe in your sou-houl....etc Anyways, my question is this. After a lot of soulsearching on this board and some great advise, I have updated my preamp stages with the TMP8 and a Millennia STT-1. During the interminable shipping wait (3-5 days, so vague) I have been perusing the manuals. The STT-1 has only one mic in, a gold-plated socket at the back. Millennia recommends that 'cable used with the STT-1 employ identical plating'. It got me thinking and I am gonna rewire my XLR sends from the room (or at least the first 8 of them) with better cable. No Mogami or Canare yet, basically cause it seems to be hard to get in the UK quickly and I am gonna have to do this in one day and be back up and running.....I am getting more braided sheath 2-core from Studiospares in a 100m drum for the TMPs, and running one line of Klotz to the Millennia. I had intended to just replace 8 which is easy for me as they are bundled in 8s, but will probably replace 9 lines. So I thought, well if I am meant to use a gold-plated connector to the STT-1, surely the other end should be gold too. i.e. a gold-plated chassis socket. And then I thought well logically if it makes a difference, then you should run a gold-gold cable to the mic as well!?! Does anybody know why they would make this request? And yes, I will ask Millennia. And how far the gold thing should go? Is it because using a silver connector to a gold socket is worse connection than gold to gold? Or is it nothing more than hype?