Are Jack cables Shielded?

Discussion in 'Accessories / Connections' started by Terabyte, Dec 15, 2005.

  1. Terabyte

    Terabyte Guest

    Ok.. I know XLR cables are shielded..

    I always thought Jack cables wern't....
    My guitarist told me the other day that the jack cable he was using ... was... shielded... and wouldn't pick up noise.

    Neither of us are pro's...

    Was that possible?
  2. Kev

    Kev Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2001
    a jack cable is, more often than not ... shielded

    and shielding for a guitar cable is a must.

    The single ended signals like mono jack and RCA and BNC are all likely to be an outer braid and a single inner core conductor.
    A TRS 1/4 inch jack can be the full balanced with two inner cores

    Speaker leads on the other hand may be a Fig8 two core lead and not shielded.

    It is possible to send a balanced line level down a twisted pair without a shield ... like Cat5 cable or standard telephone cable.

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