So the "cost" of this cable is roughly $125 not taking into account all the volume discounts etc that Sennheiser surely gets. This is where oem's can really piss off customers. I don't think anyone begrudges a 25-50% profit to an oem. But when they start marking up 100%+ just because it has their name on it, people get ticked off. I would be making my own. This is exactly why I refuse to use Honda oil in my motorcycle or Polaris oil in my atv and snowmobile. Oem's think putting their name on something they had made by the lowest bidder entitles them to a stratospheric markup.
But there's still the knowledge that the specs are what the initial product requires. For some, that is worth a premium. I don't want to be the one onsite who is trying to explain to the client why (insert anything here) doesn't work because I was a bit too cheap to get the right spec'd gear. Or even worse, an array that falls because I didn't want to buy the right rigging hardware for the job. May be a bit of an extreme example, but it's on the same token. What the manufacturer has determined will do the job without fail. (Save a total screw up on my end. Haha)-Ray
I agree with that for the big fish swimming in the big pond with big clients. But for the small fish the Lounge caters to, with small, tight-wad clients, that extra expense often can't be justified. A cable like the op is referring to is a prime example.In my case specifically, it's speaker cables. The price for pre-fab cables with speak-ons is ridiculous compared to what I could buy bulk cable and connectors for to make my own.
....Another is the $10,000.00 automatic stripping and cable prep machine that is required to mass produce these things at the required level of precision.
I agree that these things are somewhat overpriced, but did you know that there's much more to building a high-performance RF connector/cable assembly than continuity? You can bet that Sennheiser does, in extreme detail, and that expertise is one of the many things that you're paying for along with the materials. Another is the $10,000.00 automatic stripping and cable prep machine that is required to mass produce these things at the required level of precision. The list goes on.
$10k machine to get the level of precision to terminate a BNC connector on coax cable? You have got to be joking.And yes, I do have the gear to test coax cables properly (VNA/TDR.)
Once you get into heliax and any semi-rigid or rigid coax you are into a different world entirely. These products have the handling characteristics of copper plumbing pipe. Not very practical. But yes, the $300 price would be enough to make a monster like that. :-)BNC connectors to go onto .405" cable like 9913/LMR400/RG213 are more expensive than regular ones. Probably more like $15/end in my locality.The differences between crimp and solder are overrated. Both are adequate. The center pin in a BNC sits in a dielectric sleeve that prevents it being pulled out of the cable.
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