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Jordan Wolf

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Re: cable tester
« Reply #10 on: June 24, 2011, 03:24:48 pm »

Arnold,

I'd rather have a dedicated 8P8C tester/tracer/ticker...with all the digital audio stuff using Cat5e/Cat6, etc. nowadays, it's just another good reason to carry one.

I very much like the Ebtech one for testing of "normal" audio cables (TT is normal for live sound?) but wish it tested NL4 and NL8 connectors.

I think it best to have a tester for each cable type ("normal" patch cables such as XLR and 1/4"; Ethernet; Speakon) - more pricey up front, but a better value in the long run methinks since one would be able to fully evaluate each type for faults.
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Arnold B. Krueger

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Re: cable tester
« Reply #11 on: June 24, 2011, 11:10:07 pm »

Arnold,

I'd rather have a dedicated 8P8C tester/tracer/ticker...with all the digital audio stuff using Cat5e/Cat6, etc. nowadays, it's just another good reason to carry one.

I agree. I have  a combination tester that requires access to both ends of the network line and tests using a manual switch, which can be the best tool, and also a specialized network cable tester that has two parts and can be used with network cabling that is already in place.

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I very much like the Ebtech one for testing of "normal" audio cables (TT is normal for live sound?) but wish it tested NL4 and NL8 connectors.

The combination cable tester I have does XLR, TRS, TS, NL4, NL8, CAT5, and others.

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I think it best to have a tester for each cable type ("normal" patch cables such as XLR and 1/4"; Ethernet; Speakon) - more pricey up front, but a better value in the long run methinks since one would be able to fully evaluate each type for faults.

I think that having a separate tester for each kind of cable is going a bit overboard. Too costly and too many different things to carry.
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Tim Padrick

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Re: cable tester
« Reply #12 on: July 08, 2011, 10:35:02 pm »

The Behringer's intermittent indicator has seemingly been very handy.  The EWI has a very comprehensive I/O set.  http://audiopile.net/products/Electronics/Bug_Catcher/Bugcatcher_cutsheet.shtml
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Re: cable tester
« Reply #13 on: July 08, 2011, 10:58:24 pm »

I have owned EWI tester mentioned by Mr. Padrick for about five years, and it has worked very well:

http://audiopile.net/products/Electronics/Bug_Catcher/Bugcatcher_cutsheet.shtml
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Re: cable tester
« Reply #14 on: July 09, 2011, 08:36:27 am »

I picked up the NADY CT3 (?) from Musician's Friend for $25 or $30 several years ago, far cheaper than even the behringer. It works fine and even tests NL4s.

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Re: cable tester
« Reply #15 on: July 15, 2011, 05:42:12 am »

can anyone recommend a decent cable tester mostly need to test xlr mic cables and guitar/instrument cables.

I favor the MI TEE cable tester. You can do a google search for it, I use mine all the time and it supports XLR, MIDI, 1/4, USB, Cat5, SPEAK ON, etc...
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