Cable brand that someone might recommend?

Discussion in 'Accessories / Connections' started by spgiebler, Sep 24, 2007.

  1. spgiebler

    spgiebler Active Member

    Jan 6, 2007
    I have a studio in my home as I'm sure many of you do. I don't have a problem with any cable noise, so I'm not sure why I'm asking.

    But here it goes. I use HOSA cables in my "home studio". Is there a better cable that someone might recommend?

    I have heard so many things: Monster, Planet Waves, Mogami, etc...

    Any advice would be appreciated.



    P.S. Keep in mind my studio is mainly for "voice over" work. But I riff it up now and again!!! So I would like a recommendation for a "cable" that works best for what I do. Don't know if that makes a difference.

    Thanks again,,,,,
  2. HansAm

    HansAm Active Member

    Jun 4, 2005
    I swear to Klotz and Neutrik. That combination has never faild me.

    But i do have some proel-cable aswell. Have'nt had problems with the cables yet. dont like the connectors thow.
  3. AudioGaff

    AudioGaff Well-Known Member

    Feb 23, 2001
    Silicon Valley
    While not high end by any means, Hosa cable may be just fine for what you are doing. Hosa cable is better than the connectors they use. Cable like all other things in the audio chain needs to be measured by the weakest link. If you are using a cheap or crap mic & mic preamp ect.. in your chain, then any cable better than Hosa isn't going to make such a big difference. Mic, preamp, compressor and room treatment may be need to be higher priority and is much more likely to make a bigger difference.
  4. spgiebler

    spgiebler Active Member

    Jan 6, 2007
    I use a Neumann M 147 and a Langevin Dual Mono Mic Preamp With EQ for a preamp. A hand full of other things as well, etc... I want that extra added difference. Thanks for your help...

  5. bwmac

    bwmac Active Member

    Mar 15, 2007
    Hmmm the 25' cable (Hosa HPE325) at sweet water is $7.89 + FREE Shipping

    The planet wave 25' Custom Ser. XLR Male to XLR Fem. Mic Cbl

    A 30' Merlin High-quality Mic Cable
    Pro Co Merlin30
    $51.97 + FREE Shipping

    Monster Cable SP1000M20
    20' Mic Cable with Gold Contacts
    $129.95 + FREE Shipping

    A cable like a hosa might be one that I loan some one on stage so that they don't sound better then me, but personally
    Planet wave Is my choice

    basicly an oygen free copper cable is what you want
  6. Kent L T

    Kent L T Active Member

    Oct 28, 2003
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    I generally like something with a braided shield.
  7. zemlin

    zemlin Well-Known Member

    Sep 4, 2004
    Indianapolis, IN
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    Most of my cables are Canare Star Quad L4E6S. I've had no reason to change.
  8. BobRogers

    BobRogers Well-Known Member

    Apr 4, 2006
    Blacksburg, VA
    The two worst things that I know of that cables can do are:
    1. break
    2. leak noise

    Hosa cables with have a greater tendency to break than better cables. (By the definition of "better.") But if yours aren't broken yet..... (of course they will only break in an absolutely crucial situation.)

    Noise leakage is only an issue if you have a signal chain with a high enough S/N ratio to hear it (as AudioGaff indicated). Might be worth buying a better cable to see if you can hear the difference in your system. If you are ever in a situation where you need longer cable runs it could probably make a difference.

    I've always bought cables in the medium to low/medium price range just on the basis of durability. I've never been able to tell the difference in the sound of 25ft cables with a dynamic mic into a PA. Never bothered to do careful tests on my recording equipment. I probably should since I occasionally do 50' runs.
  9. spgiebler

    spgiebler Active Member

    Jan 6, 2007

    Thanks for all of your good advice everyone!!

  10. dementedchord

    dementedchord Well-Known Member

    May 11, 2006
    check out the custom make them for you ... roll your own... pick a cable/connector/length and you're good to go... stay away from the extremes on both ends... hosa is crap... but the point of deminishing returns is reached pretty quickly after $30-40/cable...
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