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Riley Casey

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Re: Microphone cable purchase
« Reply #10 on: April 15, 2019, 09:59:12 am »

True enough but when youíre looking down into a road case with fifty assorted mic cables color coding by length isnít a bad thing. 

Say didnít we just do this thread last week?


Meh...I can tell the rough length of a cable just by holding it. 10ft, 25ft, 50ft and 100ft cables all have a very distinct feel and weight. Not hard to tell which are which.

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Re: Microphone cable purchase
« Reply #11 on: April 15, 2019, 11:34:31 am »

And, were you in the UK, the gold standard would be from VDC - Van Damme Tour Grade Classic XKE mic cable with Neutirk XLRs - either make them yourselves, or order pre-made from VDC.  There's really no other sensible choice unless you drop to a myriad budget options.
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Re: Microphone cable purchase
« Reply #12 on: April 15, 2019, 11:56:00 am »

True enough but when youíre looking down into a road case with fifty assorted mic cables color coding by length isnít a bad thing. 

Say didnít we just do this thread last week?

Except I don't want anything but black cables running along the floor. This isn't a backstage networking patch panel, it's mic cables that are visible.
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Re: Microphone cable purchase
« Reply #13 on: April 15, 2019, 12:57:39 pm »

We bought a 600' roll of Canare starquad and a pile of Neutric ends, I think from Markertek.
The cables we ended up with, including labor, cost about the same as mid-range music store cables.
We used blue cable to keep them from walking away.
No one has ever complained about the color.
The lengths are labeled on one end.
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Re: Microphone cable purchase
« Reply #14 on: April 15, 2019, 01:16:35 pm »

If you get any type of a professional discount with any national equipment retailer, you can get Rapco/Horizon Road Hog cables with black Neutrik connectors for less than $1/foot.

I enjoy building my own cables as much as the next guy, and do it when necessary, but... when I can get an assembled, ready-to-rock cable with a warranty for under $1/foot, I'll take that deal all day long.

For reference, my cost on a 25-foot RoadHog XLR-XLR cable is around $18 out the door. All I had to do was ask if they had some wiggle room on pricing, and that was it. We had 150+ RoadHog cables; none ever had any issues nor gave us any problems.

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Re: Microphone cable purchase
« Reply #15 on: April 15, 2019, 02:01:29 pm »

For cheap & easy these work fine as others have noted. I had only 2 go bad this past year, one I fixed easily.

https://www.audiopile.net/starline-microphone-cables
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Re: Microphone cable purchase
« Reply #16 on: April 15, 2019, 03:53:40 pm »

All things considered, including quality/price/durability/handling/etc., it's really hard to beat Pro-Quad cables from Audiopile. 

You can get them with Neutrik connectors or a lesser priced but still good quality option.  Lots of lengths to choose from, blue or black casing, and as always top-notch service when dealing with Mark and Liz.  You simply can't go wrong with these.

I also like the SlimLine cables for those few occasions I need really long cables but want to keep down on bulk.x

Pro_Quad cables from Audiopile are nice.  I've been using them for years and have had no problems with any of them.  I get them with Neutrik connectors.

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Re: Microphone cable purchase
« Reply #17 on: April 15, 2019, 04:23:04 pm »

If you get any type of a professional discount with any national equipment retailer, you can get Rapco/Horizon Road Hog cables with black Neutrik connectors for less than $1/foot.


Dang, those are some pretty expensive cables. I just bought a 656 foot spool of Canare L4E6S and built a bunch of cables. I spent less than half of that for the cable and Neutrick connectors.
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Re: Microphone cable purchase
« Reply #18 on: April 15, 2019, 05:55:56 pm »


Dang, those are some pretty expensive cables. I just bought a 656 foot spool of Canare L4E6S and built a bunch of cables. I spent less than half of that for the cable and Neutrick connectors.

... yeah, but whats your time worth?  I can't justify the time to make plain XLR cables anymore.  I'll build custom adaptor thingies, but I buy Rapco NM1 from Mr. Pyle here when I need standard XLR cables. 
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Re: Microphone cable purchase
« Reply #19 on: April 16, 2019, 01:46:33 pm »

... yeah, but whats your time worth?  I can't justify the time to make plain XLR cables anymore.  I'll build custom adaptor thingies, but I buy Rapco NM1 from Mr. Pyle here when I need standard XLR cables.

Yep, that was my point. I love to solder and build/fix things, but when it comes to cables, no thanks. The Rapcos use NC3MXX connectors and are really well-built. For under $20 per 25-foot cable, assembled, I'll happily pay that all day long. Four years of use, 80-shows per year, 150+ cables, zero issues.

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