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Nathan Riddle

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Re: Shielded Cat5e for microphone lines
« Reply #10 on: September 29, 2018, 07:56:36 pm »

Why?

It is much easier to solder stranded without breaking the wires on an xlr jack.

While solid can withstand some twisting it won't wistand a lot.

Stranded is especially important for stage cat5e runs so it doesn't break when coiled and uncoiled regularly.
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Re: Shielded Cat5e for microphone lines
« Reply #11 on: September 30, 2018, 05:42:30 am »

It is much easier to solder stranded without breaking the wires on an xlr jack.

While solid can withstand some twisting it won't wistand a lot.

Stranded is especially important for stage cat5e runs so it doesn't break when coiled and uncoiled regularly.

I can second this. We have solid core CAT for our lighting rigs permanently installed line. Resoldering connectors are a PITA.
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Re: Shielded Cat5e for microphone lines
« Reply #12 on: October 01, 2018, 01:22:28 pm »

I can second this. We have solid core CAT for our lighting rigs permanently installed line. Resoldering connectors are a PITA.
You should punch down to a proper network type jack then use a pigtail made with high quality stranded & flexible to interface with XLR type connectors.
That way you also have the benefit of a proper category network line for any future needs as well as the added bonus of not having to solder ever again up at the ceiling.
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Re: Shielded Cat5e for microphone lines
« Reply #13 on: October 02, 2018, 12:15:00 pm »

We do it all the time.
Un-shielded will not pass phantom, but shielded will.  I have started specifying shielded cat 6e in all installs, it is less expensive than 4 twisted pairs and more versatile.
Only if you have 4 mic lines.
Just use 3 pairs for mics and 1 pair (both wires) for phantom power.  I would rather run phantom power thru 2 wires than the light weight Cat6e shield.
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