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Discussion in 'Live Sound [BG]' started by 1dreday, Nov 2, 2013.
looking for a really good cable prob 20ft.
No cable lasts forever. Paying for super-premium cables is a waste of money.
Music stores usually have their own brand of cable with a lifetime warranty. I get these. When they fail I just walk into the store with the dead cable and walk out with a new one.
Cables don't affect your tone except maybe if you have an all-passive bass, then a long cable might lose a little bit of treble for you.
Opinions vary but I'm right.
Rockin Mike is pretty much right. Just don't buy a piece of crap $9 cable and you'll be fine.
That said, all my cables are Mogami Gold and I've never had one fail.
Planet Waves is a very good one, and Mogami is a higher cost option.
This has been discussed at great length. The answer is that there are lots of good cables, and paying silly money doesn't get you a better one.
This is actually a very personal decision - to rephrase, what is the best cable for you? Veteran's day is upcoming, and based on the past, Lava cable, (www.lavacable.com) will probably have some type of sale...where you really can't go wrong. They don't sell junk.
Honestly? My best cables are the cables I've made myself.
It takes about ten minutes. You can buy Neutrik connectors and as much length of cable as you need and choose what kind of cable you want.
Whenever I buy a cable (as opposed to making it) I always make sure that it hasn't got moulded connectors, just so I can get in there with my soldering iron and fix it. Other than that, there's very little difference between cables - just get one with good connectors.
I have a bunch of Planet Wave cables and also have a very nice Fulltone cable that I bought once on sale. In an A/B comparison, I can hear a difference. The Fulltone has a bit brighter tone and a bit more clarity, which probably means there is less loss of highs then in the Planet Waves cable of the same length. Both are 15 footers. My Planet Waves cables are good for the lifetime warranty and I have replaced a few over the years by simply bringing them back to the store and being handed a new one. That kind of warranty is pretty hard to resist!
I do find the Planet Waves 1/4" jacks a bit tight sometimes though as they seem a little fatter then most other cables I have. They can be really tight to plug into either a bass or an amp jack. They get better with use though.
I use Live Wire cables from GC. They are pretty inexpensive, use quality Neutrik ends and good cable. Whats not to like.
Best cable I've ever had.
Planet Waves Custom Series Instrument Cable, Right Angle, 20 feet by Planet Waves http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0002H02IQ/ref=cm_sw_r_udp_awd_2cADsb0BP8TGJ
the best cable is not rusted.
I use George L cables, most reliable I have ever used.
Make your own. The BEST quality that way. better than $100 cables for $20
What's on sale?
I used to labor over this, and usually ended up just buying whatever 20 footer was on sale other than the cheapest the store had ...
... now all those cables that have gone bad are 5-8 footers, and used for rehearsal .. or 12-14"ers for the wireless ...
I make my own out of Mogami cable and Neutrik plugs.
EWI cables from AudioPile.net with Neutrik connectors. Excellent quality and pleasantly surprising price.
I like anything made from ProCo 120SX.
I have a monster bass cable. I bought it because of the lifetime warranty, which I've already had to use once to replace it because of a careless error. (not the cable's fault)
when GC put their Monsters on sale a couple of weeks ago, I bought another one, as I'm very pleased with the first one. That does raise the question, how many lifetime warranty cables does one person need? apparently the answer is "two"
This, and GC will replace it free if it's defective.