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Speaker Cable Coupler

Discussion in 'Amps [BG]' started by MostlyBass, Nov 29, 2012.


  1. MostlyBass

    MostlyBass Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2002
    Oak Park, IL
  2. jnewmark

    jnewmark Supporting Member

    Aug 31, 2006
    Stax 1966
    Disclosures:
    Play guitar.
    I don't think it's meant for speaker connections; more of a guitar cable extender.
     
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  4. MostlyBass

    MostlyBass Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2002
    Oak Park, IL
    It is. I'm just wondering if there would be an issue using it for speaker purposes. :)
     
  5. Primakurtz

    Primakurtz Registered Nihilist Supporting Member

    Nov 23, 2011
    Denver, Colorado
    The electrons won't mind. I would advise using a little tape to make sure it doesn't come uncoupled.
     
  6. MostlyBass

    MostlyBass Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2002
    Oak Park, IL
    Cool. The cables and adapter make a very tight fit so I don't think that will be a problem.
     
  7. dincz

    dincz

    Sep 25, 2010
    Czech Republic
    It would probably work but it's inviting a potential failure. Speaker cables have to carry a lot of current and these adapters were not designed for that - and neither were 1/4" jacks in general.
     
  8. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    Groom Lake, NV
    Disclosures:
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    I think it'll be fine. The internal connection is probably solid metal rather than wire, so there shouldn't be a problem. However, it'd be better to use a cable with Speakon connectors. If you need an extension, you could use one of these.

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  9. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    Groom Lake, NV
    Disclosures:
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    Hmmm ... most people have been using quarter-inch plugs and jacks for speaker connections for at least 50 years. Speakons are better, but quarter-inch works just fine.
     
  10. derrico1

    derrico1 Supporting Member

    Apr 12, 2005
    Charlottesville, VA
    I'm guessing his point is 1/4" was one thing in the days when a "big" bass amp was 100 watts; but it's not the best format for a 1000+ watt rig.
     
  11. john m

    john m Supporting Member

    Jan 15, 2006
    Older stuff tended to be lower wattage.

    If you're using more than 200watt, best to go with the speakon to speakon coupler in the middle (more metal, less internal resistance) or just make yourself a longer cord.
     
  12. MostlyBass

    MostlyBass Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2002
    Oak Park, IL
  13. MostlyBass

    MostlyBass Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2002
    Oak Park, IL
    I'm connecting the speaker of my MarkBass Jeff Berlin to my Carvin BX500.

    Thanks everyone!
     
  14. Chef

    Chef Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Disclosures:
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    Yeah. It'd work.....................
    It'd be much better to just buy one the right length.

    You ---really---don't want that coming apart in the middle of your gig, for any reason.

    That'll be $10 or better to your door.
    A good speaker cable isn't *that much more*
     
  15. ThisBass

    ThisBass

    Aug 29, 2012
    Germany
    I can't see problems in combination with amp power not greater 300 Watt but,
    why not use a single cable that fits to your desired length?

    BTW current at 300 Watt amp power at 4 Ohm load is not greater then 5 Ampere RMS at full amp power (at the edge of clipping)
     
  16. MostlyBass

    MostlyBass Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2002
    Oak Park, IL
    Since the speaker is part of the combo I can't plug directly with one cable. There's a 1/4 male from the speaker to the MarkBass head but I want to plug it into my Carvin. But cable is only a few inches so I need to extend it a little bit.

    I love these TalkBass discussions that expound in little things! That's why I posted :)
     
  17. Chef

    Chef Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Disclosures:
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    Ah, well, as the Car Talk guys would say, you did a fine job of obfuscating that one by not including that info in your original post: well done!
     
  18. MostlyBass

    MostlyBass Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2002
    Oak Park, IL
    Fair enough... :)

    and now for the third half of my post....
     
  19. MostlyBass

    MostlyBass Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2002
    Oak Park, IL
    two degrees in classical music does not equal cable knowledge.... of course it didn't teach how to size kids for concert uniforms or running the school's soundboard either :)
     
  20. Chef

    Chef Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Disclosures:
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    Ha! Exactly :)

    yeah, that adapter is just what you need!

     
  21. dincz

    dincz

    Sep 25, 2010
    Czech Republic
    And lead-based paint, cars without seat belts and house wiring with no ground were all time-honored traditions too.:meh:
     



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