Has anyone ever used CBI cables (http://www.cbicables.com). A friend of mine who works in a music store swears by them and can get me a good deal on some. CBI uses Belden cable and Neutrik connectors. I've heard from people on this forum that Neutrik connectors are the best. What about Belden cable?
All my cables on the road, and in the recording studio ( guitar and all recording gear)is CBI.
They are just great in sound and durability.
I won't lie, I did have TWO ends out of hundreds of cables that needed to be resoldered, but that's not bad. Very happy. Haven't had to buy any cables in 5 years.......SL
Like Hosa, Peavey, Rapco, or any other Pro Co type company, they make good stuff and bad stuff. There are grades of cable. So just saying that they use Beldon doesn't guarantee anything. I was a CBI dealer. Be very picky. If you want a deal on Rapco, call me.
Could you elaborate on "different grades of cable"? Why would some Beldon cable be good and some bad?
The differences are the insulators, conductors materials, the conductivity, the type of stranding, the number of strands in that weave, the shielding, the tinning, etc.
All of this effects the audio quality, RF rejection, and the cable's memory (does it coil easily and lay flat when uncoiled, or does it have permanent bends and kinks in it?). If your cables will be used outdoors, oxidation is an issue.
I understand that. But why would it change from cable to cable if they're all being made by the same company with the same material?
thank you for your help by the way, it's helping me understand stuff much better,
I didn't say that it changes from cable to cable individually. I was speaking of the over-all line, and that they may use a lower-end of Belden wire.