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Mark Campbell

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Reasons not to buy crappy XLR cable pack from PSSL
« on: August 14, 2016, 08:22:11 am »

Any opinions on this from PSSL:

http://www.pssl.com/25ft-XLR-to-XLR-Microphone-Cable-8-Pack

I realize maybe not the best quality but eight 25' XLR cables for $50 is hard to say no to and for use by less than Lounge level guy.
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Re: XLR cable pack from PSSL
« Reply #1 on: August 14, 2016, 10:06:27 am »

Any opinions on this from PSSL:

http://www.pssl.com/25ft-XLR-to-XLR-Microphone-Cable-8-Pack

I realize maybe not the best quality but eight 25' XLR cables for $50 is hard to say no to and for use by less than Lounge level guy.

You have to figure it can't to have them as backup cables at worst.  I might just grab a pack.
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Re: XLR cable pack from PSSL
« Reply #2 on: August 14, 2016, 10:34:16 am »

For me I have always tried to match my cables and buy the best quality I could afford. For that price it seems like a good deal. I can build my 25' XLR cables for $9.50 with Neutrik connectors and decent wire. Really depends on how much you work them and how you treat them. Again for me I go bit more quality for other reasons beyond failure and one of those is wrap a cheaper cable and then wrap a quality cable. It may not be a big deal to most but at 2am I am not interested in fighting with cables. The most important information is missing what gauge copper is it unless I missed seeing I am on my iPhone viewing this. What is the grip in the connector?  All depends what the intended use is? 
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Re: XLR cable pack from PSSL
« Reply #3 on: August 14, 2016, 12:26:47 pm »


I bought a similar group of cheap cables once and within months they ALL had failed (every single one) and I learned my lesson from that. For not a bunch more money I now have reliable cables that I don't have to replace. Merely the time saved in troubleshooting why something wasn't working was worth the cost. The choice is yours: what kind of impression do you make on other people when you have the cheapest, LEAST reliable gear?
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Re: XLR cable pack from PSSL
« Reply #4 on: August 14, 2016, 01:01:45 pm »

On the DJ forums some people are always crowing about the amazingly cheap deals they get on cables with no-name components. I notice recently a rash of people complaining about having to ship speakers or amp modules back to the manufacturer for service because they can't remove jammed xlr connectors. Coincidence?
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Re: XLR cable pack from PSSL
« Reply #5 on: August 14, 2016, 01:33:07 pm »

Buy Once, Cry Once.

Stick with reputable brands like ProCo, Canare, RapcoHorizon, Whirlwind, Mogami, etc. for cable and either Neutrik or Switchcraft connectors. If you're handy with the soldering, it's cheaper to DIY. Cheap crap will fail because of skimping on copper strands and worthless connectors that will bend easily.
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Re: XLR cable pack from PSSL
« Reply #6 on: August 14, 2016, 03:46:12 pm »

I made the mistake of buying cheap cables ONCE.  Never ever again.

When it comes to a cable, I want to know that when I plug it in that it's going to work.  The cheap stuff always had me questioning.  Connectors fail, the cables hum, they coil for crap. Yeah, even at less than lounge level it's not worth it.

Buy good cables and they will last you the rest of your life.
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Re: XLR cable pack from PSSL
« Reply #7 on: August 15, 2016, 12:57:39 am »

I buy mine at Audiopile.net and they are pretty inexpensive and with a bit of care, last well. They sell them with optional Neutrik connectors but I have used their own.
I must have a hundred of them and in 10 years no failures. Of course, I coil them carefully and transport them in road cases.

Taking care of cables is good economy. You have a lot of money in cables. I have 2 50' xlr cables I made in the late 1960s with Switchcraft connectors that still work today.

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Re: XLR cable pack from PSSL
« Reply #8 on: August 15, 2016, 01:21:01 pm »

After having some cheapo cables go bad, including having to disassemble a snake head to remove a cable, we bought a roll of Canare quad wire and a pile of Neutric ends.  The actual cost of parts and assembly was less than buying mid quality cables at the local music store.  The xlr cable is now NOT the first thing I look at when trouble shooting.  Oh, and they're blue, so they don't accidently walk off stage. 
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Re: XLR cable pack from PSSL
« Reply #9 on: August 15, 2016, 02:58:34 pm »

I wouldn't touch those with a 10 foot pole.  I have seen too much trouble and time wasted with cheap Asian XLR copies.  The deal you mentioned comes to about 13.80 each.  You can get made in USA Rapco 25' with Neutrik connectors for $15.82.  Is it worth it to you to buy disposable cables to save $2.00 each? 

http://www.northernsoundandlight.com/Brands/Rapco-Horizon/Audio_Cables/_NM11.html
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