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Re: Mic Cable recommendations

Postby Arpangel » Tue Oct 01, 2019 10:35 am

Hugh Robjohns wrote:Out-of-band interference can very easily cause in-band side-effects!

H

I agree, don't want to go too far off topic, but this has caused arguments for me in the past.
Especially about high end audio gear of various types having a frequency response that extend well into the supersonic, and the possible modulations and effects those frequencies have on audible signals.
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Re: Mic Cable recommendations

Postby Hugh Robjohns » Tue Oct 01, 2019 11:13 am

Well, there are benefits to having a wide bandwidth within the electronics... but the inputs and outputs really do need some level of filtering to stop nasties -- and there's an awful lot of RF flying around these days -- getting in (or out).
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Re: Mic Cable recommendations

Postby Exalted Wombat » Tue Oct 01, 2019 1:03 pm

Hugh Robjohns wrote:... especially in an unbalanced interconnect.

'Interconnect' is a perfectly good word with a perfectly good meaning. But it's been so hi-jacked by the audiophool community that it makes me flinch whenever I hear it!
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Re: Mic Cable recommendations

Postby Hugh Robjohns » Tue Oct 01, 2019 1:52 pm

:D
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Re: Mic Cable recommendations

Postby Arpangel » Tue Oct 01, 2019 2:22 pm

Exalted Wombat wrote:
Hugh Robjohns wrote:... especially in an unbalanced interconnect.

'Interconnect' is a perfectly good word with a perfectly good meaning. But it's been so hi-jacked by the audiophool community that it makes me flinch whenever I hear it!

Which flings (brings?) me neatly to my belief that black Klotz sounds better than green.....

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Re: Mic Cable recommendations

Postby Wonks » Tue Oct 01, 2019 3:24 pm

Arpangel wrote:
Exalted Wombat wrote:
Hugh Robjohns wrote:... especially in an unbalanced interconnect.

'Interconnect' is a perfectly good word with a perfectly good meaning. But it's been so hi-jacked by the audiophool community that it makes me flinch whenever I hear it!

Which flings (brings?) me neatly to my belief that black Klotz sounds better than green.....

:D

The pigments used in the outer sheath can have a significant effect on the overall cable capacitance. Maybe not noticeable for short lengths of balanced cables, but the effect can be noticeable for guitar leads, especially for longer ones.
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Re: Mic Cable recommendations

Postby innerchord » Tue Oct 01, 2019 10:37 pm

Wonks wrote:
Arpangel wrote:
Exalted Wombat wrote:
Hugh Robjohns wrote:... especially in an unbalanced interconnect.

'Interconnect' is a perfectly good word with a perfectly good meaning. But it's been so hi-jacked by the audiophool community that it makes me flinch whenever I hear it!

Which flings (brings?) me neatly to my belief that black Klotz sounds better than green.....

:D

The pigments used in the outer sheath can have a significant effect on the overall cable capacitance. Maybe not noticeable for short lengths of balanced cables, but the effect can be noticeable for guitar leads, especially for longer ones.

One of my favourite cables is bright green. I have to paint it black to be able to use it on stage without it causing lighting problems!
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Re: Mic Cable recommendations

Postby Sam Spoons » Tue Oct 01, 2019 10:48 pm

I have a number of brightly coloured mic cables, very useful for identification but somebody once suggested that maybe they don't look as professional as plain black. :headbang:
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Re: Mic Cable recommendations

Postby ConcertinaChap » Tue Oct 01, 2019 10:56 pm

Blow 'em, say I. Coloured not only makes it lot easier to remember what's connected to what it looks pretty too!

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Re: Mic Cable recommendations

Postby Hugh Robjohns » Tue Oct 01, 2019 11:04 pm

Split the difference! :-)

All my longer mic cables are black, but the XLRs have coloured collars or cable grips to aid Identification!
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Re: Mic Cable recommendations

Postby Dan LB » Tue Oct 01, 2019 11:24 pm

Hugh Robjohns wrote:Split the difference! :-)

All my longer mic cables are black, but the XLRs have coloured collars or cable grips to aid Identification!

+1

And you can go a step further and use black female XLRs which makes things a little less visually obtrusive for film / TV work.
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Re: Mic Cable recommendations

Postby drashkum » Wed Oct 02, 2019 8:01 am

On neutrik connectors?
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Re: Mic Cable recommendations

Postby Wonks » Wed Oct 02, 2019 8:11 am

Neutriks are certainly very good and most of my cables (mic and guitar) have neutrik connectors.
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Re: Mic Cable recommendations

Postby Aural Reject » Wed Oct 02, 2019 8:15 am

Dan LB wrote:
Hugh Robjohns wrote:Split the difference! :-)

All my longer mic cables are black, but the XLRs have coloured collars or cable grips to aid Identification!

+1

And you can go a step further and use black female XLRs which makes things a little less visually obtrusive for film / TV work.

Yep....along with all sorts of various things like modular systems for, for example, stereo and 4 mic arrays that minimise visual cable runs...all wondrous things to fund from the money pit :bouncy:
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Re: Mic Cable recommendations

Postby shufflebeat » Sat Oct 05, 2019 12:25 am

Hugh Robjohns wrote: Out-of-band interference can very easily cause in-band side-effects!

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Sounds like the drummer's been up to his old tricks again.
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