What is the best (durable) microphone cable?
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Okay, if there isn't any durable mic cables, what do you recommend in general?
Buy the cheapest one that comes with good (quality) connectors. I buy UXL mike cable by the roll and use Neutrik connectors but that isn't because they have any special magic mojo they just represent good value for money.
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how long do mic cables last for you guys?
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Originally posted by greasy how long do mic cables last for you guys?
Mine never leave the house so...long time.
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Originally posted by iaresee Mine never leave the house so...long time.
same with mine, and I have REALLY crappy cables. Came with my 30$ mics.
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Do you guys own cable testers, and if so, which kind?
any cable tester with a few options is good. i don't know the brand i have at my work, but it has a LOT of types of jacks, and LEDs for i think up to 5 pins. it's survived a lot, and helps troubleshoot real quick.
just get the one with the amount of options you'll need for the cables you have.
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I currently have and use regularily around forty microphone cables. At any time about one is out for repair/testing. In live sound (and the studio) the moment a cable appears to have failed you label it and then test/fix at the next opportunity. I know for certain that I have been using a few cables continuously for over twenty years without a problem. These cables are not treated especially well!
I use the Behringer cable tester because it was cheap and works fine. In a perfect world it would have binding posts and the facility to test speakons and DIN as well but I'm reasonably sure no such device exists unless you build it yourself.
Originally posted by 3rdDay Do you guys own cable testers, and if so, which kind?
Yes and no. I own a Fluke multimeter that has a continuity/short checking feature. I just use that. You hear the beep, the cable is good.