Currently Being ModeratedApr 4, 2012 7:38 AM (in response to dylantan)Re: Is there a better Tyler Variax VDI Cable?
The one you link to is the correct VDI cable; there's only one model/style and it works with all VDI-equipped devices.
The JTV guitars do not come with a VDI cable; they come with a similar cable designed for the Workbench hardware interface which also comes with the JTV guitar. It does look exactly like an regular RJ45 on one end; the other end (connected to the JTV) is shielded/protected like a VDI cable.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 4, 2012 7:57 AM (in response to sdunmire)Re: Is there a better Tyler Variax VDI Cable?
I would be cautious about using the cable that comes with the JTV to connect it to a Pod device. One end of the cable does not have the protective housing. Over time this may damage the VDI jack in either the JTV or the Pod HD.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 4, 2012 8:03 AM (in response to silverhead)Re: Is there a better Tyler Variax VDI Cable?
Sorry, I may not have been clear. I was talking about the one he provided a l link to. I have never even unwrapped the one that was in the box. That's really for people that don't have an HD500 and just want to transfer sounds and do software updates. Definitely don't use that for anything live other than in an extreme emergency, I suppose.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 4, 2012 9:49 AM (in response to dylantan)Re: Is there a better Tyler Variax VDI Cable?
You can build your own with any length of pre-assembled CAT5 network cable with RJ45 ends and these: http://www.neutrik.com/en/data/ethercon/ethercon-cable-connector-carrier/ne8mc to protect the ends.
The one that Line6 makes is of good quality, though, and is black and more plyable.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 4, 2012 12:02 PM (in response to jdolby)Re: Is there a better Tyler Variax VDI Cable?
Whirlwind makes a pro quality Ethercon cable - in many different lengths
One example here 12 ft length
Currently Being ModeratedApr 4, 2012 12:48 PM (in response to stevekc)Re: Is there a better Tyler Variax VDI Cable?
I wasn't impressed with the Variax VDI cable that came with my Tyler Variax, it seems that the Variax cable they give you with the Tyler Variax is actually the cable that comes with the Workbench USB Interface, meaning that while it's simply a regular Cat-5 cable that has an XLR connector on "only" one end - it's definitely NOT the best cable it could be. So I ordered one from Musicians Friend and got it just last week. Very well built, it's actually a "round cable" and not some flat Cat-5 cable. It comes with an XLR connector on both ends and appears very well built. Most online suppliers price them at $39.99 but MusiciansFriend has them for $29.99...http://www.musiciansfriend.com/accessories/line-6-variax-digital-cable
Currently Being ModeratedApr 4, 2012 1:55 PM (in response to dylantan)Re: Is there a better Tyler Variax VDI Cable?
Yes, as some others have noted, Musician's Friend has the right cable. I ordered mine directly from Line 6 and it is very heavy duty. Had been using the cable supplied with the Variax, but only at home. Now I can use my HD500 and JTV59 live!
Currently Being ModeratedMay 24, 2012 11:01 AM (in response to dylantan)Re: Is there a better Tyler Variax VDI Cable?
I've done a little research, figuring I'd build a custom cable. I've had a lot of success building 1/4" mono cables for guitar and pedal board, and have saved a bit of money while assuring a quality cable using neutrik plugs and the like. www.redco.com is an excellent source for all cable parts and they are great, except that their shipping charges are high on small orders ($11 or so.)
I've come to the conclusion that the $30 cable with free shipping from places like Music 123 and Musicians Friend is a very good price. The 25' cable consists of about $20 in parts:
Pair of NE8MC is about $5
Rj45's are about 50c
Duracat cat5e cable is about 50c per foot - this might be a higher quality cable than the Line6 cable - or it may be the very stuff they use.
I was gonna cover it with some techflex at 17c per foot.
With the shipping I was always right around $30 per cable.
Other manufacturers (Whirlwind) are extremely expensive by comparison.
Kudos to Line6 for creating an quality affordable product.