Cables (Mogami, Neutrik, Hosa)

Discussion in 'Accessories / Connections' started by Death addeR, Dec 31, 2003.

  1. Death addeR

    Death addeR Guest

    Hello everyone,

    Quick question... after reading some post I decided to order some cable (Mogami 2549) and connectors (Neutrik NP3C) to build my own... so, I did and when I tried one out by inserting a RNC into a RNP... it didn't sound very good... sounded lofi and a *tiny* bit crackly...

    I cut the shield on one side to see if that was the problem, and yeah, that wasn't a good idea at all! ...

    so I thought it might be my equipment, and I tried a cheap Hosa patch cable in place of the Mogami/Neutrik and... it sounded fine... clear and everything...

    Now, a hosa cable should not be able to outperform these according to what I've read in other posts... do you know what's wrong? ... I'll try to re-solder tonight and see if that's the problem (I tinned the wire and tried not to make it too gobby)... Thanks in advance for any and all help!
  2. AudioGaff

    AudioGaff Well-Known Member

    Feb 23, 2001
    Silicon Valley
    I'd call FMR Audio and ask Mark about it. He is a friendly guy and exactly the correct person who knows what's going on with both those units. Isn't both of those unbalanced I/O along with the insert? Could be a pin-1 issue? Crackly to me smells of distortion. Check to see that you cable is wired the same as the Hosa.
  3. Death addeR

    Death addeR Guest

    Thanks, I respect your advice and will keep that in mind, probably calling if resoldering doesn't help... however, it is a bit suspect that one cable worked fine while the other didn't in the same exact usage...

    the inserts are snd/rcv on the Tip and Ring (snd is on the tip of one unit, and ring of the other... I forget which is which), with a shield on the Sleeve.. I checked the continuity of both cables (Hosa and homemade)with a meter, and they seemed to beep similarly...

    as far as crackly, that could very well be it... I was testing with a synth, so I'll lower it next time to see if that helps... perhaps the homemade cables put more signal through than the Hosa, which made this a problem?

    at any rate, thanks! :)
  4. Doublehelix

    Doublehelix Well-Known Member

    Oct 7, 2001
    Sounds like a dodgy solder job to me. (no offense intended)
  5. Death addeR

    Death addeR Guest

    I think both of you were right... somehow I missed how badly of a job I did on one of the connections... I also was in a hurry when checking the first time, so I failed to notice that my levels were set pretty badly.. so I fixed that, resoldered, and yeah... the mogami cables are noticeabley crisper and fuller than the hosa's, which sound subtle and blended and a bit "washy" in noise (just a tiny bit)... thanks for the replies!
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