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Cables & 1/4 in. Stereo Jacks

Discussion in 'Accessories & Connections' started by dabmeister music, Feb 11, 2004.

  1. dabmeister music

    dabmeister music Active Member

    Jan 11, 2003
    Woodbridge, Va
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    How many folks solder their own cables? I do some soldering at work which gives me a little advantage and plan to reconstruct my studios' entire wiring. I'd like to get some insight from a few "Pros" because I'm new to using a patchbay. Actually, I think I need a couple of patchbays for that matter. First, I know quality counts basically on everything and using low-grade wiring will result in static, hum, & other unwanted artifacts. Where can one find superior wiring for such a task? And second, would'nt it be better to use "stereo" (ring, tip, sleeve) jacks as opposed to using standard jacks (tip & sleeve)?
  2. AudioGaff

    AudioGaff Distinguished Member

    Feb 23, 2001
    Silicon Valley
    If you have mostly balanced I/O then a balanced patchbay makes sense. You might even need or want both a bal patch bay and unbal patch bay. TRS/bal connections give you the potential of less noise and interference. But you can still get good performace with unabal cables and patchbay. And unless everything is TRS and bal, you don't gain as much and are prone to having to deal with wiring/connector type problems. Which is yet another reason to only deal with high quality gear.

    Bulk cable can be bought at most places that sell good quality cable such as that which is made by Canare and Mogami as two great quality and popular examples.
  3. Doublehelix

    Doublehelix Distinguished Member

    Oct 7, 2001
    AG's got it right, and for good quality cable at great prices, I go to Redco at:


    Personally, I always use Mogami cable and Neutrik ends.

    Good luck!
  4. bap

    bap Guest

    I have gotten good deals at Markertek.

    I bought Mogami with Neutric XLR connectors. For TRS all they had were Canare.

    They're a pretty big shop.
  5. bap

    bap Guest

    Just looked at Redko and their prices are quite a bit better - I should have gone there!

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