good speaker cable? cords?

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  1. chal7ds

    chal7ds Guest

    Hey All,

    I just bought me some nice studio monitors and an ART amp. Now I need some quality speaker cable and 2 1/4" cords to hook the amp up to my digi002 rack...but, I'm not a pro when it comes to knowing the best brand or kind.

    Anybody got any good links to some online stores that would have the BEST quality cables and cords for my type of situation? If you have specific links to the products, that would even be cooler!

  2. twenty5south

    twenty5south Guest

    I get all my cables from Hotwired Cables, they use Mogami cable and Nuetrik connectors. They'll make them in any length and any combination of connectors you can think up (or that is possible anyways). Very reasonabily priced and fast turn around time.

  3. What's the budget? If you have a good amount of money to spend, I'd go with Monster, Canare, or Mogami. I personally think Monster is overpriced. In my opinion, out of those three, Mogami is the best. You can get Mogami or Canare at Redco Audio. Monster Cable is available at pretty much any discount warehouse like Guitar Center, American Musical Supply, zZounds, Sam Ash, Musician's Friend, etc. If tight on funds and needing $250 - $1000 worth of cable or other stuff, American Musical Supply offers a 3 payment plan with no credit check.
  4. I can attest both to Hotwired and to American Musical Supply.

    AMS has saved my bacon in terms of getting come much needed equipment while stull blunting the blow of spending that much money by dividing the cost into payments. As was mentioned, they don't perform a credit check, but that's not a problem for me. For me, the big pro there is the lack of any interest despite using a payment plan. For certain things, go with AMS. I love 'em.

    However, I've also used Hotwired. While you can't split the price into payments like AMS, if you save up and pay all at once at Hotwired, you can get free shipping, and a percentage off (depending on how much you spend, of course).

    The quality of the snakes and cables there are amazing. The signal path is pristine (or as pristine as it gets on *my* equipment, anyway! :) ), the service is courteous and helpful, the stuff's uber-sturdy, and it's all custom made, just for you. Be aware that, as with most custom made things, it takes a little longer to get your stuff than if you use a catalog.

    My advice: talk to Hotwired. Use AMS for other things. And Monster Cables are indeed overpriced. We use them for our guitar leads. They sound great, plus we've had one or two konk out and then replaced for free under their warranty (which I really appreciate and respect), but's a bit much, in my opinion, for Monster...

    Hope this helps!

    PS Is "konk" spelled correctly?
  5. Reggie

    Reggie Well-Known Member

    Dec 20, 2004
    If you can't build your own, Hotwired is the next best thing.
  6. Hm. Good point.

    I need to learn to make my own. Any pointers as to how to begin to learn how to do that...??

    Until then, Make Mine Hotwired. :D
  7. Reggie

    Reggie Well-Known Member

    Dec 20, 2004
    Buy some Mogami 2549 from Redco or wherever and some Neutrik XLR plugs. A soldering iron too (25-40 watts). Put the cable through the back half of the Neutrik plug (unscrew a pre-built cable and check out how it goes together if you are unsure). Pull the copper shield wire together and solder it to pin 1 on the XLR. Strip the light and dark wires, solder the light one to pin 2 and the dark one to pin 3. Screw the pieces together and you are done. Not too hard, but I am having a little harder time with TRS plugs. Everything is right on top of eachother.
  8. iznogood

    iznogood Member

    Feb 9, 2004
    you have to borrow some differnt cables and listen to them....

    there is no other way!!!

    while people here can recommend all they like it depends on speakers/amps/acoustics/ etc.

  9. Kev

    Kev Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2001
    for all but my largest speakers
    I use 7.5 amp and 10 amp power cable
    ... many strands, lots of quality copper, flexible and
    terminates well into XL's and Speakon connectors
    rolls up well

    I even have some 4 core power flex for the MID/HI caboinates in the PA system ... I also you use this for the dual feed SUBs

    simple, effective and reliable

    don't make this harder than it needs to be
  10. Reggie

    Reggie Well-Known Member

    Dec 20, 2004
    Oh shoot! We're talking speaker cables here; what am I thinking :shock:
    Please ignore my previous post.
  11. Kev

    Kev Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2001
    unless ... of course we are on self-powered monitors


    then we do want balance line xl to xl ....
    Mogami and Canare, lots of choices

    See Rane tech notes for various connection and wiring senerios
  12. iznogood

    iznogood Member

    Feb 9, 2004
    how do your cables sound???.... compared to others??
  13. Kev

    Kev Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2001
    when the cable meets the required spec

    ... they sound as they should
  14. iznogood

    iznogood Member

    Feb 9, 2004
    ok kev.... just checking... :)

    i strongly disagree.... but that's ok :cool:
  15. Kev

    Kev Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2001
    if you here a problem then your cable probably doesn't meet the required spec

    many times I have been to a personal studio and found the problem cable or connection point
    then demonstrated a cable problem
    with some simple simple tests

    Mega dollars on some of these esoteric cables is just stupid and when put to some serious comparison tests against some quality cables the difference in money is not justified

    Having said that,
    an overly large high copper content multi stranded speaker cable is of course going to work very well on a 100 Watt, 8 ohm system
    no surprises there
    and quality shielded single ended cable of correct impedance and frequency spec is going to work fine for Hi Fi line level stuff over relatively short distances.

    One very disappointing result for a client was their very expensive Hi Fi cables had deteriorated of a relatively short period of time

    (why the cable should have deteriorated at all is unknown to me ... I guess the dialectric was changing or falling apart ... cable corrosion that wasn't evident on the ends is also possible ... I guess)

    and so I replaced with some cable removed from service from here at work (TV station)
    He said things sounded fine again ....
    the cable was around 15 years old
    it was scrap cable
  16. Reggie

    Reggie Well-Known Member

    Dec 20, 2004
    I've found the best sounding cable (at least for drums and male vox) is the solid copper kind. None of that stranded crap. Most of my rack is wired with solid wire now days. Kind of hard to use for mic cables, but worth it.


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