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      #1046208 - 02/05/13 12:43 AM
Hi guys,

I've never used XLR cables for carrying anything other than mic level signals. However I am now in need of going from my Lavry DA10 to my PMC DS-001 Speaker amps; both requiring a XLR connection.

Now as I went to simply use my shorter XLR cables to patch between the two of them, I notice there is something written on them like 'OFC Balanced Microphone Cable' which made me think... Is there something about the construction of mic XLR cables which might make them more appropriate to being used with mic level signals compared to the line level in the output of the DA10?

If so, please could somebody point it out to me and explain how and why?

Oh, and also a good place to source some line level XLR cables from (I'm NOT a wealthy HiFi lover so please no silver interconnects or similar bullshit please).

Or am I being stupid and really I should just pickup the nearest TRS cable, cut off the ends and solder on some new Neutrik XLR ends?

Thanks, Dave

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Re: XLR new [Re: Jonesd90]
      #1046211 - 02/05/13 02:47 AM
I think any mic cable would do.

Depending on the grade of TRS cable, the shield may be rather thin and fragile-they would likely not be braided. It just depends on the quality of the cable.

If you don't plan on moving the cables much you could get a foil shielded cable, but I would just try whatever mic cables you happen to have.

You could use quad as well, especially since they're likely to be near power cables and such-but again, why not just try standard mic cables?

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Re: XLR new [Re: Jonesd90]
      #1046219 - 02/05/13 07:37 AM
The OFC refers to 'oxygen free copper' and is intended to imply that the copper used in the core wires and screen is very pure...

Any conventional mic cable will do absolutely fine. Or any 'digital' cable intended for AES3 applications. Personally, I'd avoid starquad cables for this application as a general rule.

If you need to buy new, then if possible buy something with Neutrik or Switchcraft connectors and cable from one of the better known names like VDC, Klotz, Mogami, etc.

The SOS shop sells appropriate HOSA cables at good prices for subscribers.


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Re: XLR new [Re: Jonesd90]
      #1046239 - 02/05/13 10:17 AM
Every so often I nip down to PMT in Salford, pick up 30m or so of their lovely Klotz mic cable, hunt down some used Neutrik XLRs off eBay (never been disappointed yet) put the radio and the Weller on. Cheapest way to get good leads I'd you don't mind the smell of cooking fingers.

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