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I'm looking for very good quality, balanced, XLR male to female leads approx 3 metres long, to go from the XLR outputs on my mixer.

 

Must be ready made with latching XLR plugs.

 

What brands and sources/supplers would members suggest?

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I'm looking for very good quality, balanced, XLR male to female leads approx 3 metres long, to go from the XLR outputs on my mixer.

 

Must be ready made with latching XLR plugs.

 

What brands and sources/supplers would members suggest?

Talk to Ian Barber on Sunday, he made me some amazing ones!

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1 Metre / 2 Metre / 6 Metre available.

 

If you are near CPS in Bournemouth they have some stock of our leads.

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High quality from an audible sense or from a durability sense?

 

Well, "both" would be nice, however, the priority would be on audible quality - oxygen free copper, or the latest "latest" development etc

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To be honest, the audible difference between 2 cables is negligible. If its going to be plugged in and left like it then get cheap ones, the cable will be fine. If it's going ot be unplugged regularly then spend a bit more purely because the connectors will be nicer to use and more durable.

 

Buying good cable is all about the sheath, it'll be nicer to coil and won't tangle so easily, other than that, the actual copper is a minor point.

 

I buy the cheapy Skytec cables for both long runs of DMX and audio and they hold up fine for festivals and other work and you won't hear the difference between them and a full Neutrik/Van Damme cable.

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when using xlr to feed powered cabs do you lose any signal strength or quality by linking more than 1 cable together for extra length?

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http://www.dragonspirit.co.uk/mambo/images/stories//2m-black-white%20xlr-lowres.jpg

 

1 Metre / 2 Metre / 6 Metre available.

 

If you are near CPS in Bournemouth they have some stock of our leads.

 

 

I need two 1m for my Kam 1930 mic as it comes with out leads...cheers Kam

 

I looked up CPS on the web but only got painters and decorators?????

 

More info on shop loocation?? :rolleyes:

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when using xlr to feed powered cabs do you lose any signal strength or quality by linking more than 1 cable together for extra length?

 

There was a recent discussion on another pro audio forum amongst sound company operators about speakon couplers and the effect they have on the audio signal. It was the generally accepted opinion that you should use cables of the correct length to cover the run required rather than use smaller cables connected together. It makes sense that a piece of 2.5mm/4mm cable carries the signal better than running through touch connections and the theory is sound for signal cables as well. It also reduces the number of potential points of failure.

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Industry standard XLR connectors for professionals are made by Neutrik, for cables you cant go far wrong with Van Damme.

 

VDC Trading are a decent supplier. VDC

 

Try to get the correct length as previously posted, its tidier, a cleaner signal path & less likely to disconnect mid-gig.

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Making your own is a doddle if you are competent with a soldering iron - that way you know they are made properly. Or not, as the case may be...

 

I'll echo BK Sound's comments - I use Neutrik connectors and Van Damme cable for all my balanced needs, and a few that aren't. smile icon

 

Let's try to dispel another poplular myth:

All that guff about oxygen free copper and so-on is exactly that - a way to force the unknowing to pay more. At audio frequencies it makes no difference, and if anyone was seriously worried about HF signal transmission, they'd be using Litz wire anyhow, which they aren't. Litz wire consists of multiple strands of wire, each insulated from each other. This construction has been shown to carry RF currents better than a single conductor and is due to the way electrons move through a conductor at RF frequencies.

 

Essentially, balanced line level signals have to be the least demanding of all as regards quality of the wire used to conduct them - don't let the bull interfere with your decision: Just use good quality connectors to ensure a reliable connection, and a cable that isn't going to kink or break easily during use.

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Echo what Andy just said.

 

Oxygen free hype to bamboozle a gullible public.

 

The main difference between cheap cables and expensive cable is . . . the price!

 

 

 

 

 

(OK, so maybe a little poetic licence for a good punchline there smile icon

but seriously, the best by far way to get outstandingly superior cables is to make 'em yourself. Oh, and jointing is a no-no, since its the oxidation of the contacts which is the bugg'ration factor, not the actual cable)

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The only real difference is durability, thickness of the actual entire product which is important for 'on the road' applications.

 

Buy Musiflex, immense cable.

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