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Jay Menon

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Daisy Chaining Cables
      #937121 - 28/08/11 10:17 AM
Assuming all other parameters are constant and the total length remains the same:

Three x 3-foot long unbalanced jack to jack cables daisy-chained together (9 feet)


One 9-foot long unbalanced jack to jack cable.

Will there be a significant (audible) difference? (i.e. do the connections detract significantly from the signal / add noise etc)?

I could of course try it and see (and I will) - but sometimes I just like to go with the advice of more experienced folk...


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Re: Daisy Chaining Cables new [Re: Jay Menon]
      #937127 - 28/08/11 11:22 AM
So long as the connectors are clean a mate properly there will be no audible (or measurable IMHO!) degradation for any number of connectors.
Note however that the 1/4" jack line socket is just about THE most unreliable connector on the planet excepting the Neutrik locking jobby! (were I "back in the game" ALL my audio cables would be XLR and I would adapt to jack at the source and/or sink!)

For unbalanced lines the total LENGTH is somewhat important. Past about 10-15mtrs it get more difficult to keep hum out but much depends upon the source impedance of the gear (passive guitar being probably worse case) and the quality of the cable shielding.

For balanced lines you should not expect any trouble up to 100mtrs and for gear with exceptionally good balanced I/O a good deal further than that.


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Jay Menon

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Re: Daisy Chaining Cables new [Re: Jay Menon]
      #937128 - 28/08/11 11:39 AM
Thanks Dave...that was very useful.

I have a 6-unit pedal board and wish to use the first three pedals in front of the amp and pedals 4, 5 & 6 in the effects loop.

So I need two cables exiting and entering the pedal board between pedals 3 & 4 - and am thinking of inserting jack-to-female jack cables, so as to make life easier...

Alternatively if you please look at this image:

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Would you please tell me if I can get / make a small patchbay like in the upper left corner or the upper right corner of the pedal board. That would make life really easy...


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