Audio Cable Buying Guide

Audio Cable Buying Guide

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How to choose the right audio equipment connectors, adapters, and cables to match your gear and budget

While cables may not be the sexiest part of your setup, understanding how they work and what to look for when shopping will eliminate hassles and ensure you get the best possible sound. This guide will get you up to speed on all the in and outs of audio cabling to help you choose the correct cables for your purpose.

Table of Contents

Unbalanced vs. Balanced Cables
Four Common Audio Cable Types
Analog Connectors
Digital Audio Connectors
Optical Cables and Connectors
Judging Cable Quality
Shielding
Other Cable-Related Gear
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Audio cables can seem like a simple thing in concept, until you set out to buy one and realize you didn’t know how much you didn’t know. Although they may be the least exciting components in your stage rig or studio setup, they are some of the most important.

So here is what you need to know, in plain English, to make sure you’re getting the best cable for your gear and your purpose.

Unbalanced vs. Balanced Cables

Unbalanced Cables

Unbalanced cables have two conductor wires: a hot wire that carries the signal, and a common ground wire that is connected to an insulated wrap. The shielded ground wire helps isolate the hot lead from interference that causes hum and other noise. Instrument cables are typically unbalanced, as are many patch cables. Because long unbalanced cables are more prone to noise problems, the length should ideally be kept under 25 feet.

Balanced Cables

To reduce noise, balanced cables add a second signal conductor, referred to as the cold or negative conductor. Both conductors transmit identical signals that are 180-degrees out of phase with each other. As the signal voltage in the hot wire increases, the cold wire’s signal voltage decreases, precisely mirroring the hot signal in reverse. Any noise that is common to both lines will be out of phase with itself, and through a process called common mode rejection, is eliminated. Balanced cables often have XLR or TRS connectors as we discuss below.

While in a few cases balanced and unbalanced cables are interchangeable, the devices you’re connecting will often determine which type is needed. Microphones for example usually require balanced cables as do D.I. (direct injection) boxes that allow direct connection of an instrument or other line-level device to a mixing board or recorder. When you need longer cable runs, balanced cables help ensure a noise-free signal.

Balanced vs. Unbalanced

In balanced cables, a second conductor wired out of phase with the first cancels out noise.

Four Common Audio Cable Types

The basic purpose of a cable is to move an electrical signal from one component to another without significantly degrading the signal or introducing noise. The varieties are seemingly endless, and the specs and features can be confusing.

Ultimately, you want cables that are flexible, durable, and that have quality hardware and well-soldered connections. You want to buy cables that are sufficient in length, but not excessively long, as the longer a cable is, the more susceptible it is to noise and signal degradation.

In terms of functions, there are four main types of cables:

  • Instrument Cables
  • Patch Cables
  • Microphone Cables
  • Speaker Cables

Instrument Cables

An instrument cable connects a guitar, bass, keyboard, or other electronic instrument to an amplifier or preamp that’s intended for direct connection of an instrument. Instrument cables are designed to carry low-voltage instrument signals, and most often have 1/4" phone plug connectors. Depending on the location of the output jack on your instrument, you may want a male jack with a straight or right-angle connector. In deciding how long a cable to buy, keep in mind that longer cable runs are more prone to picking up interference.

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This Livewire Advantage Series instrument cable has straight 1/4" phone connectors, quality soldering for low noise, and comes with a lifetime guarantee.

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Patch Cables

The term “patch cable” generically describes any cable that links various components together. They often are quite short in length and may be used in a PA or recording setups to interconnect gear, or to link effects pedals to each other in a signal chain. They may have balanced or unbalanced conductors (discussed above) depending on their purpose, and can have various kinds of connectors including XLR, 1/4" phone, TRS, or RCA.

Six-inch Livewire patch cables

The right-angle 1/4" connectors on these Six-inch Livewire patch cables makes them perfect for connecting effects pedals in a signal chain.

Microphone Cables

Mic cables are shielded and balanced and typically have an XLR male connector on one end and an XLR female connector on the other. Some microphone cables have a TRS, mini plug ,or USB connector on the delivery end for plugging directly into a computer sound card, DAW, or digital recording device. In addition to connecting a microphone to a sound system, mic cables are often used as longer, balanced patch cables—for example connecting a mixing board to powered speakers. They can also be used for D.I. connections between an instrument and a mixing console as well as for lighting effects with DMX control capabilities.

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Speaker Cables

A speaker cable is an unbalanced cable, and usually has a much heavier gauge conductor than a patch, instrument, or mic cable. Speaker cables need bigger wires because they carry much higher voltage signals. They can have 1/4" phone, banana clip (also called MDP connectors), binding post (as commonly found on consumer stereo amplifiers), or Speakon connectors.

Live Wire Elite 12-Gauge Speaker Cable

This Livewire Elite 12-Gauge Speaker Cable has a 1/4" phone connector on one end and a Speakon connector at the other, for securely connecting a head amp to a speaker cabinet.

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Daisy Chain Cables

Guitarists and bassists who use several effects stomp boxes as part of their signal chain are the main audience for these cables. Designed to easily connect and power multiple guitar effects in a chain, you’ll find a wide assortment of configurations that will help keep your pedalboard tidy and all your effects working optimally.

Godlyke Power-All 11/R Daisy Chain Cable

The Godlyke Power-All 11/R Daisy Chain Cable allows you to tidily connect and power up to 11 stompboxes.

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Analog Connectors

Here is a quick look at the six most common kinds of connectors you will find at the ends of all of these cables: TS, RCA, banana plugs, and Speakon for unbalanced connections, and TRS and XLR for balanced connections. We’ve also included a couple of less-common connectors that you might run into.

TS

TS stands for “Tip, Sleeve” connectors. Available in ¼” and ⅛” configurations they have two conductors for unbalanced operation and are used with patch, instrument, and speaker cables. There is one insulator ring between the tip, where the hot wire connects, and the sleeve, where the ground (usually the shielding) connects. TS connectors are often referred to as “quarter-inch connectors” (referring to the diameter of the sleeve) or “phone jacks” (because they were originally developed for telephone switchboards). TS cables may also be referred to as “guitar cables” or “line-level instrument cables.”

Musician's Gear Braided Instrument Cables

The TS connectors on Musician's Gear Braided Instrument Cables makes them a versatile, entry-level option for groups who need a few extra cables on hand.

TRS

A “Tip, Ring, Sleeve” connector looks like a standard TS connector, but has an additional segment on the shaft called the “ring.” This design allows the connection of two wires, plus a ground (again, usually a shield). These are used for balanced cables, stereo, and as a single connector that handles incoming and outgoing signals. TRS connectors are often found on Y cables used as mixer insert jacks that handle incoming signals with one conductor and outgoing signals with the other.

Live Wire TRS - XLR(M) Patch Cable

Available in various lengths, the super-affordable and versatile Livewire TRS Balanced Patch Cable gets top reviews from our customers.

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RCA

RCA connectors are most commonly used on stereo equipment. In PA systems they’re often used to connect a stereo CD player or other consumer electronics devices to the mixing board. They usually consist of a pair of wires molded together with separate ends color coded for left and right channel in stereo devices. They’re also used with the aux and tape inputs and outputs. Some mixers also have RCA outputs for connecting to a recording device. RCA cables may also be used on S/PIDF devices (discussed below under digital connector types).

“RCA” is derived from the Radio Corporation of America, the company that introduced the design in the 1940s. RCA connectors are also sometimes referred to as “phono connectors” since they’re used to connect turntables.

Hosa Stereo Y-Cables

These Hosa Stereo Y-Cables have two RCA male connectors on one end, and a mini TS connector on the other.

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Banana Plugs

Banana plugs are two-pronged connectors used to securely connect audio wires to amps, speakers, and other audio gear. Wires that terminate in banana connectors are held in place by locking screws instead of being soldered, which allows simple, fast repairs when needed.

VTG MDPK Black Banana Plugs

VTG MDPK Black Banana Plugs are ideal for making your own cables.

Speakon Connectors

Speakon connectors are used to connect speakers, amps, and monitors to PA systems. They are gaining popularity over TS and banana plug connectors, because they lock into place, and therefore cannot be accidentally disconnected.

“Speakon” is a registered trademark of Neutrik, but other companies make compatible products, often described as “twist connectors.”

Live Wire Elite Speakon Cable

The Livewire Elite Speakon Cable offers a secure connection, twist- and tangle-resistant design, and high-quality conductors that keep your signal noise-free.

XLR

XLR connectors have three pins for the positive, negative, and ground. They are most commonly used on microphone cables, but you will also see them used on balanced patch cables and with DMX-enabled lighting equipment.

Monster Cable S-100 XLR Microphone Cable

The Monster Cable Studio Pro 2000 XLR Microphone cable uses Time Correct technology for the ultimate in detail and soundstage imaging.

1/8" Mini Jack

These jacks can be either TS or TRS. They are used frequently on digital recording gear and sound cards where a small jack is required. They are also used on lightweight headphones, instrument cables that plug into bodypack transmitters of wireless systems, and many consumer electronic devices.

D-Subminiature

Often referred to as “D-Sub”, an abbreviation for D-Subminiature, these are multi-pin connectors commonly used in analog and digital pro audio equipment. D-Sub connectors come in 9-, 15-, 25-, 37-, and 50-pin configurations. The DB25 size D-Sub is commonly used by some audio brands (Tascam and others) for analog/digital I/O. Mackie mixers use the DB25 standard for connecting to a FireWire interface. DB25 connectors are also used in some audio snakes for analog connections, particularly those using the Tascam standard.

Livewire 8-Channel DSUB-XLRF Snake

The Livewire 8-Channel DSUB-XLR (F) Snake helps keep your stage or studio cable configuration tidy.

Digital Audio Connectors

Below are some of the most common digital audio cables and connectors required for linking digital mixers, recorders, preamps, and DAWs (digital audio workstations).

A word of caution: In many cases, digital gear uses cables that resemble their analog XLR or RCA counterparts. While these connectors may look the same, the cables are often designed for different resistances, and are not interchangeable with their analog look-alikes.

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MIDI

Musical Instrument Digital Interface cables allow electronic instruments to communicate with peripheral devices. They don’t transmit actual audio, but by signaling every aspect of a musical performance—the note, how long it is held, the velocity of the attack, etc.—MIDI technology defines the sound in the receiving module.

MIDI cables can also communicate control functions to software and synthesizers, so you can control sound and tones with a remote control surface.

 

 

USB

USB (Universal Serial Bus) cables have become standard for connecting everything from printers to digital audio gear. USB cables have Type A, Type B, Mini-A, Micro-A, Mini-B, Micro-B, or Type C connectors at one end, and a device-specific connector at the other. USB cables can also be used as a power source for some devices. The latest version, USB 3.0, is significantly faster than USB 2.0 and can make a difference in minimizing lag during performances and studio playback of complex material.

Oyaide Neo d+ Series Class B USB Cable

For critical audio applications such as recording and DJ work, a premium-quality connector like the Oyaide Neo d+ Series Class B USB Cable ensures stable performance.

FireWire

There are three types of FireWire connectors: 4-pin, 6-pin and 9-pin. The 4-pin connector, or FW400, transfers data at 400 Mbps (megabytes per second). The slightly larger 6-pin connector has the same transfer rate, but also supplies DC power. The 9-pin connector, or FW800, transfers data twice as fast and also supplies power.

METRIC HALO Firewire Cable

The METRIC HALO Firewire Cable has a standard 6-pin connector on each end, so it can transfer data and also supply power.

Thunderbolt

Originally codenamed Light Peak, Thunderbolt is a hardware interface that allows connecting various peripherals including some pro audio equipment to computers using a Mini DisplayPort (MDP) connector. Although the interface was originally limited to Apple Products such as the MacBook Pro, it can be implemented with other audio standards such as PCIe graphics cards using HDMI adapters.

The Lightning computer bus/power connector standard was introduced by Apple in 2012 to replace the 30-pin connectors previously used on Apple mobile devices. With the increasing role of iOS and Android apps in various phases of audio production and DJ performances, Apple and other manufacturers offer a variety of adapters allowing integration of Lightning-equipped mobile devices. These include USB, HDMI, VGA, and SC cards.

Tera Grand Apple MFi Certified Lightning to USB Cable

The Tera Grand Apple MFi Certified Lightning to USB Cable allows easy charging plus syncing of your computer's DAW libraries with your iOS devices.

HDMI

HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) has become the standard for connecting consumer electronics such as DVD and Blu-Ray players to televisions. Its ability to transfer uncompressed video and audio signals has led to its adoption in pro audio gear. There are five connector types (Type A through Type E) each with unique pin configurations. Refer to your manufacturer’s specs to determine which type is correct for your gear.

Optical Cables and Connectors

Optical cables transmit digital audio as pulses of light, which make them almost completely immune to interference. They are surround-sound capable, but can’t handle higher-resolution formats such as those on Blu-Ray discs.

ADAT (Alesis Digital Audio Tape) Optical Interface, more commonly known as ADAT Lightpipe, is the widely accepted standard for digital audio transfer on optical cables. It transfers eight channels of digital audio on a special cable with an Alesis-specific ADAT connector.

Livewire Elite Optical Data Cable

Livewire Elite Optical Data Cable feature premium, heavy-duty fiber-optic cable with Toslink connectors for ADAT "light pipe" optical connections, audio interfaces and recording equipment.

S/PDIF

The Sony/Philips Digital Interface Format (S/PDIF) outputs audio over shorter distances. These connectors use either optical or coaxial cables. Coaxial cables are similar in quality to optical cables, but less common. They use RCA connectors, but these cables are not interchangeable with analog RCA cables.

AES/EBU

Officially AES3, these three-conductor cables transfer two channels through several types of single connectors—usually XLR connectors, and usually from CD and DVD players to amplifiers and TVs. Developed by the Audio Engineering Society (AES) and the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) in the early 1980s, and later revised in 1995 and 2003, it is the transfer protocol on which the more consumer-friendly S/PDIF was based. Because of differences in resistance, an XLR microphone cable, although it has the same connectors, will not work as an AES/EBU cable.

BNC Connectors

Bayonet Neill-Concelman connectors were originally designed for military use, but are now commonly used on video and audio testing equipment. The bayonet-style connector is used with miniature and subminiature coaxial cables in radio-frequency equipment and video gear.

Hosa RG 59 BNC Cable

This Hosa RG 59 Cable has a male BNC connector on each end for video or Ethernet connections.

TDIF

The Tascam Digital Interconnect Format is an unbalanced proprietary format connector that sends and/or receives up to eight channels of digital audio. The bidirectional connection means that only one cable is required to connect the eight ins and outs of one compatible device to another.

Judging Cable Quality

The basic purpose of a cable is to move an electrical signal from one component to another without degrading the signal significantly or introducing noise. There are expensive, audiophile-quality cables that are designed to keep the signal pristine and noise-free. Most musicians do not need quite this level of cable performance for their stage gear, but still, you want cables of high quality. Quality cables will deliver better sound, and if you sound better, you’ll play better.

Where cables for your studio setup are concerned, audiophile-level quality is more important. Noise-free transmission of signals is essential to high-quality recording, mixing, and mastering work.

Other “quality” features, such as gold-plated connectors and oxygen-free copper wire, are not necessarily important. Gold-plating may lessen resistance, but is more subject to wear than nickel-plating, so it may be a liability on connectors that are plugged and unplugged a lot. Oxygen-free wire may offer slightly less resistance, but larger-gauge conductors help more.

Mainly you want cables that are flexible, durable, and that have quality hardware and well-soldered connections.

Other desirable features include epoxy potted or hot glue connectors (filled with one substance or the other to prevent the wire ends from moving). Heat-shrunk plastic sleeves around wires and terminals help prevent wires from moving.

These features are especially valuable on instrument cables that get pulled, stepped on, and plugged and unplugged frequently. No instrument cable will last forever, but good ones last longer. You also want to buy cables that are sufficient in length, but not excessively long (the longer a cable is, the more susceptible it is to noise).

Shielding

All audio cables with the exception of speaker wires and optical cables are shielded to protect the signal from interference that causes noise. The shielding is most often a wire braid that surrounds the insulator for the center conductor(s). The purpose of shielding is to protect the signal from sources of noise, such as radio transmissions, AC power cords, fluorescent lighting, rheostat dimmers, and some appliances. When you hear radio chatter through your amp, it usually means that the shielding around your amp’s gain components is inadequate, but your instrument cable’s shielding can also be the problem. Good shielding blocks interference and also may serve as a ground.

There are several types of shielding. These are types you’ll find most often:

Braided Shield

The most common is the braided shield. Small wire strands are braided to form a sheath around the insulation of the signal-conducting wire. This type of shielding is flexible and durable. Onstage mic and instrument cables are constantly being bent, pulled, and stepped on, and braided shielding holds up best under these conditions.

Serve or Spiral-Wrapped Shield

Another type of shielding is the spiral-wrapped or serve shield. This sheath is formed by wrapping a flat strip of wire strands around the center wires in a spiral. The serve shield, while it lacks the tensile strength of a braided shield, is more flexible than a braided shield because it stretches when the cable is bent. It is less resistant to radio frequency (RF) interference, because it is actually a coil and has inductance. It is also easier to manufacture so cables using serve shielding are usually less expensive.

Foil Shield

The foil shield is a Mylar-backed aluminum tube that terminates at a copper drain wire. It provides 100% coverage, but since aluminum is a poor conductor of electricity, it also interferes with signal transfer. Foil shielding is inexpensive and easy to make, but it is also fragile and breaks down easily with repeated flexing. It is best used in small patch cables and stereo cables that don’t move much once they are connected.

Other Cable-Related Gear

If you are setting up a sound system for live performances or a studio setting, there are a few more pieces you may want to consider or at least be aware of. Below is a quick look at adapters, testers, and snakes.

Cable Adapters

As technology changes, and you add pieces to your stage gear or studio setup, you will eventually need to connect equipment with incompatible jacks and cables. There is an adapter out there for just about every situation. If in doubt, call a Musician’s Friend Gear Head at 877-880-5907 for a recommendation on the proper adapter.

Cable Testers

Even the best cable will eventually fail, and the more you use your sound equipment, the faster you will go through them - especially if you’re taking it on the road. A cable tester is a simple tool that verifies intended signals are working, and no unintended signals are being carried. If you have a problem with your system, a cable tester can quickly help you determine what and where the problem is.

Galaxy Audio Cable Tester

The Galaxy Audio Cable Tester quickly and easily tests XLR, 1/4", 1/8", Speakon, stereo RCA, and DIN (MIDI) cables, making it an essential tool for musicians and sound engineers.

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Cable Snakes

Snakes are essentially bundled sets of cables. Stage snakes may contain microphone, patch, or speaker cables and are used for two-way connection between the stage and mixers and other PA equipment. They have a fan of connectors on one end, and a box on the stage end that houses a panel of connectors. In shopping for a snake, the length and the type of connections are the main considerations. There are also audio snakes for studios that bundle various cables needed for connecting studio components.

Pro Co StageMASTER 12-Channel Snake

Very ruggedly built with Neutrik D connectors and serious strain relief on all cables, the Pro Co StageMASTER 12-Channel Snake has 12 sends and 4 returns.

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We’re here to help

The Musician’s Friend Cable Finder page makes it easy to hone in on what you’re looking for.

After reading this guide, if you’re not sure which cables or connectors are right for your situation, call an expert Musician’s Friend Gear Head at 877-880-5907. We’ll help you make all the right connections!

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# Pawan Sawlani 2017-01-16 02:57
I want to buy snake cable of very good quality
please let me know his mb. no.
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# Kevin Vernon 2016-10-30 05:47
I've acquired a pair of Entec lf-20 powered subwoofers. They have 4 pin xlr plugs. Unfortunately, my Sony amp only has rca audio outs. Is it possible to adapt to the rca connections? If not, point me in the right direction as to the proper amp, that will accept the 4 pin xlrs. Thx.
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# mduduzi Makhathini 2016-08-08 03:54
Got a smart phone looking for cable from earphones to house amplifier the plug in socket must be divided into 4 like of earphones cause the one divided in 3 is a mono sound does it avalabl
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# Manoj 2016-07-25 08:34
I need your help... A have a usb mic but the mic cable is like printer cable one side charger cable and one side pprinter cable... I don't get the cable in Dehradun market.. I need the one side cable is printer cable type Anand the other side mic jack xlr cable in male... So plzzz help meh...
We jst unless without that cable....
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# Steven 2016-07-03 04:03
Is there a stereo sound cable like a headphone type (small like to plug into iPhone) that has two male ends?
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# Steven 2016-07-03 03:59
Hey there I was just just curious (think I know the answer) is there a stereo sound cable like a headphone type (small like to plug into iPhone) that has two male ends? Eg. Can have say an iPhone plug into a headphone style input jack.
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# Steven 2016-07-03 03:58
Hey there I was just just curious (think I know the answer) is there a stereo sound cable like a headphone type (small like to plug into iPhone) that has two male ends? Eg. Can have say an iPhone plug into a headphone style input jack. I have a Makita radio that has the ability to have an input like this.
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# Vinesh Kanjee 2016-04-27 07:53
Hi There, Can one use a 'balanced' mic xlr-to-xlr cable to connect a dj mixer to a high power amplifier?
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# CW3 Colburn, Steve 2016-03-30 13:32
Sir or Ma'am,
Good afternoon from Italy. I'm a Soldier serving overseas in Italy. I've recently taken over as the Audio/Visual guy at our Church (small church). Typically, we are setup to play music (ITunes) from a computer through the snake and out speakers up front. We have mics plugged into the snake via xlr's. Our church is hosting a Spring Conference at our church and will have at a minimum of 200 people in attendance over 4 days of live music. So, with that being said, I'm setup for all instruments except for the Yamaha keyboard. I'd like to know what's the best way to get the audio sound of the keyboard out to either the speakers (direct) or through the snake. The yamaha keyboard has the red/white (rca?) outputs, and it also has and in & out midi plugins. I apologize for my ignorance in this area, but I someone had to step up and take over the audio/visual or we'd have no one to do it. I watched many videos on how to setup a sound board and MAN, it changed everything for the better (quality) of the music. Thanks for your help in this matter
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# Jeff Taylor 2016-03-22 06:30
Trying to keep my cable connections in phase, or at least close, by judging the color at the connections. Is red considered hot or ground, and is white or black considered hot or ground? I'm using 1/4, RCA, and 3.5 mini plug adapters, and cable.
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# Marcel 2016-03-11 06:26
I'm running 8 separate channels to 8 Mackie HR824 powered speakers for a sound installation set-up. The distance between audio-interface and speakers might vary between 25' and 150' depending on the location, and sound quality is very important to me. Any advise/suggestions on what type/brand of cable to use? It would seem to me that using quality balanced cables (not unbalanced as suggested above) would be give me the best sound quality, especially in low volume passages, even if it is a lot more expensive... Am I wrong?
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# Ozzy 2016-03-03 08:36
I need a cable for metal vocals
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# Mykhailo 2015-12-19 17:11
I have tested many audio cables and some of them sound very different. The better audio gear one has the more difference will be revealed. It isn`t difficult to prove, just go to a specialised Hi-Fi shop with a listening room, take audio interconnects in a different price point and on A DECENT AUDIO SYSTEM you will know for yourself. I currently have several pares of Malbru SILVER cables and to me it`s real gem and that is for a good reason, you can find them on Amazon, highly recommended to anyone from mid to high-end systems. Some small brads produce truly wonderful products no doubt about it. Keep your options open and DO audition on your system or at your local Hi-Fi dealer for your right decision.
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# Justin 2015-11-16 16:49
Unbalanced cables are not supposed to be long (greater than __ feet...yet it is that cable that is used as speaker cables. In my experience, the cab[blocked]s can sometimes be far from their amplifiers... yet the cable used is unbalanced? How is this right? Or is my assumption that amplifiers are often distant from cab[blocked]s(especially church setups) wrong?
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# Paul 2015-11-27 02:56
Justin - You're correct that amplifiers and speaker cab[blocked]s are often far apart, and that speaker cable is unbalanced. This is okay, though, because the speaker-level signal that these cables carry is much higher voltage. That means the interference that they pick up is so small by comparison to have any noticable effect. Using long cable unbalanced cable is only problematic for weaker signals (line-, instrument-, mic-level), where the interference can be at a similar level to the wanted signal.
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# Justin 2015-11-27 03:47
Paul-Makes sense, thank you for the answer.
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# Dmitriy 2015-10-16 02:58
I need interconnecting cable 1/4 inch TRS to 2 banana plugs. If anybody know of model number or model name, please inform me. And it price if available. Thank you!
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# Dmitriy 2015-10-19 03:22
hmp
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# Larry Lee 2015-09-13 22:48
Stereo/Mono/DC plugs&jacks supplier in Taiwan.
Please contact with me if you received this message.
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# Tim 2015-08-31 19:19
I purchased a used 16 channel snake and the 3 xlr returns have been converted to 8 mini jacks. I was wondering why someone would do this and can i change these into 1/4 in. returns with the nine wires.
Thanks any help would be apreciated
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# beau blunts 2015-08-15 19:36
sup whoevas reading this whereva ya are mate, id really love to know what a USB B plug to a XLR Male plug cable be called dumbest sounding question im the riter n rhymer hes the magic maker but im out to learn all I can no doubt.. ya havin a gud time on ya trip dwn here so far?
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# Sodiq 2015-06-30 11:58
I need your help on getting a device cable that has a 4-conductor connector which supports both headphone and mic for my pc. I actually want it for recording on my pc and dats the recommended cable from the manufacturer. Can u shed more light on this? Thanks
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# Raga 2015-04-12 04:00
hi can u help me to choose the write cable to connect fmy avid mbox pro sound card and yamaha hs8
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# Bert 2015-03-28 11:23
Hello i'd like help with a few things:
-best cable for an acoustic guitar to a PA system
-for acoustic guitar to an acoustic amp
-for DI out and line out from acoustic amp to PA system (which is better if any?)
-for mic to an acoustic amp

Due to lack of serious professionals this will be very helpful. Thank you in advance!
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# Vu Cuong 2015-02-27 19:45
I want to choose a cable to connect from xlr port of an audio analyzer to 3.5 headphone jack on smartphone. How to choose the best one?
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# fred beppler 2015-02-21 03:00
hi can you tell me if they make a cable that i can plug into an old vhs player to a compuer to make a cd out of a vhs tape thanks for your help
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# Videri 2015-02-05 23:25
Where do I find a Y-type connector w/2 1/4" male L/R to end in a stereo USB. I'm going from L/R on a Roland piano and need to interface USB to my computer. I need about 15 feet. Help? Does it need to be custom made?
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# Doctor Robert 2014-07-06 16:01
To err is human.....find the human who put that RCA pic together and [blocked]ive them, divinely! #8^)
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# David 2014-07-05 20:57
Your pic under the RCA section is incorrect.
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# John 2015-09-02 19:12
Well, the pictured cable there DOES have RCA plugs at one end. The error isn't so much the picture as the caption. It says there's a "mini TS connector" on the other end when it's actually a mini TRS connector.
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