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Best Commercial Mic Cable

Discussion in 'Accessories / Connections' started by robchittum, Aug 19, 2003.

  1. robchittum

    robchittum Guest

    Hey guys,
    I'm looking for some 30 foot mic cables with good quality connectors. I want the best for the least $. I am not a believer in the $200 3" thick "gold guilded" cables. What brands or models can you recommend, in the 30-40 buck range? And in general what do you guys look for in a good cable. I usually go for the neutrik connectors, and 20-22 gauge. Also, where have you found good prices on them? I would make my own if I thought it was easy enough, but for just a couple of them, I don't think it's worth my time or expense.

    Thanks,

    Rob

    [ August 19, 2003, 01:36 PM: Message edited by: Rob Chittum ]
     
  2. bgavin

    bgavin Guest

    I'm not finding a lot either.

    Everybody seems to be selling 24 gauge wire, but with spiral shielding. Yes, spiral is more flexible, but also more prone to noise. It is also much easier to construct your own. Less digging than with the full braid type.

    http:// sells both spiral and full braid cable. I buy it by the roll, but find little savings from doing my own work. The benefit is building cables to the exact length I require.

    Balanced XLR connections use differential signaling which is highly noise resistant. I suspect the spiral cables are entirely adequate in all but the most noisy of environments.
     
  3. Randyman...

    Randyman... Well-Known Member

    The Parts Experss "Dayton Pro" balanced wire is pretty darn good, and I believe it is 22 ga AWG with a braided sheild.

    The Carare stuff is also very good. MARKERTEK makes pre-fabbed cables with Canare cable and Neutrik connectors. Check em' out. They do large scale broadcast and production stuff, but cater to the project guys like us as well...

    Later :cool:
     
  4. Doublehelix

    Doublehelix Well-Known Member

    I've been using Mogami cable + Neutrik ends, although Cannare is great also. Check out Redco, great prices, great service:

    http://www.redco.com./
     
  5. bgavin

    bgavin Guest

    eBay Dutch Sale for 25' cables

    FWIW, these are $5.99 each at Dutch auction on eBay right now. Speaker Repair in LA has 500 of these for sale. I figure they will be just fine for utility/stage cables. The price is far below building them myself.
     
  6. robchittum

    robchittum Guest

    Randyman,
    I think that Markertek may be the way to go. I called them and they priced 30 foot cables made with canare cable and neutrik plugs for $33 in any colors that I want. The fact that they can custom make the lengths you need is a plus. This price seems pretty decent compared to some other stuff I have seen, and I know that canare cable is good. The e-bay cables look o.k. but I don't know anything about the construction, whether they're braided or what... Anyway, thanks for all of the suggestions.

    Rob
     
  7. XHipHop

    XHipHop Guest

    I LOVE the Blue (yes, the microphone brand) Kiwi cables. They are like $35 at 8thstreet.com but $50 at guitar center. Great cables.
     
  8. Randyman...

    Randyman... Well-Known Member

    Markertek will take good care of you. I got 150 feet of the Canare 22ga cable and made quite a few misc. cords I needed with appropriate XLR and TRS connections. I really didn't save much, but I had some extra connectors, so I went ahead and used them.

    Braided cable is nice n' quiet, but god I hate un-braiding it! :cool:

    [ August 20, 2003, 09:26 PM: Message edited by: Randyman... ]
     
  9. kierankelly

    kierankelly Guest

    I agree with Xhop the blue " kewi " cables are great in that price range
     
  10. sheet

    sheet Well-Known Member

    Oh common guys. I like that cable that comes with the $9 recording mic from Radio Shack. It only has two conductors, bu you can make an 1/8" to 1/4" to XLR adapter, and then wrap the thing in foil, and there you have a free cable...NOT! I AM JOKING. I got that tip from recordingwebsitedotcom.
     
  11. bgavin

    bgavin Guest

    I bought 16 of the eBay crap cables. All copper, 98% braid, 22 gauge signal wire. The connectors are not Neutrik, but appear to be a quality copy of an NC3MX type.

    For $5.99 each, 25' they will fill a need for performance cables. I cannot build them for this price, and certainly not if considering soldering (and braid-exposing) 32 connectors.
     

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