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Best Answer silverhead , 05 May 2013 - 06:31 PM

I noticed when I searched for those type of cables some claim to be digital and the cheaper ones do not.  Do I need the Digital ones or are the cheaper analog ones ok they look the same to me but who knows.

You will get more reliable performance with the digital AES/EBU cable. Standard analog XLR cables have been known to work OK, but some have reported problems. Line 6 recommends the AES/EBU.

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#1 katiekerry

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Posted 05 May 2013 - 07:35 AM

About 6 months ago I ordered the dream rig system through Sweetwater.  I didn't care at all for the DT25 amp so I returned it and the Line 6 link cable.  But Now I wanna order the L2M monitor and connect with the Short Line 6 Link cable but I cannot order it only can find the 20 foot long ones.  Does anyone know of a 6 foot alternative to that cable I can order.

Thanks for any help.  Also is anyone here running the L2m system and how do they like it..


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Posted 05 May 2013 - 07:47 AM

here's a 5' cable... i ordered the 10' myself...

they might have other options... but the brand and cable type work great:

http://www.amazon.co...8656c7064757-20


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Posted 05 May 2013 - 07:48 AM

The L6 Link cable is simply an AES/EBU cable. So you should be able to find those in different lengths. Here's a 6' one (but it's pretty expensive).

 

http://www.sweetwate...re/detail/AESS6


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Posted 05 May 2013 - 07:52 AM

This looks like it would fit the bill: http://www.amazon.co...icrophone Cable

 

By the way. I am very surprised that you didn't like the DT25, as I absolutely love mine. Perhaps it is due to the style of music that you play?


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Posted 05 May 2013 - 10:29 AM

Hey thanks for the answers,  And wow the alternatives are allot less expensive.  They wanted like 80 bucks for the 20 foot Line 6 link cable at sweetwater.  But as for the DT25 goes I just don't think you can mix digital with (tube or analog all that well).  I have had best luck with all tube amps (ala 5150), or FRFR with modeling technology..  Not mixing them together, Also I didn't feel you were able to use the full capabilities of the dream rig system without going FRFR (for acoustics).  So I felt it was pointless having to change my presets for FRFR and using the DT25..  Some people love it, its just a matter of preference I guess...  I think I just want it to be easier to deal with.  Kinda like old LP's sound better to my ears but MP3s are just easier to deal with..


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Posted 05 May 2013 - 10:36 AM

I noticed when I searched for those type of cables some claim to be digital and the cheaper ones do not.  Do I need the Digital ones or are the cheaper analog ones ok they look the same to me but who knows.


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Posted 05 May 2013 - 11:16 AM

I purchased a Mogami 3080-based cable over eBay from Rainwater Sound. It was 20' for about $25, and I'm pretty sure they had shorter length ones as well (I just checked; they have a 6' for $15.75). Works great for L6 Link on my DT25.


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Posted 05 May 2013 - 06:31 PM   Best Answer

I noticed when I searched for those type of cables some claim to be digital and the cheaper ones do not.  Do I need the Digital ones or are the cheaper analog ones ok they look the same to me but who knows.

You will get more reliable performance with the digital AES/EBU cable. Standard analog XLR cables have been known to work OK, but some have reported problems. Line 6 recommends the AES/EBU.


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Posted 06 May 2013 - 05:34 AM

I noticed when I searched for those type of cables some claim to be digital and the cheaper ones do not.  Do I need the Digital ones or are the cheaper analog ones ok they look the same to me but who knows.

 

+1 to what Silverhead said above. There's not really such a thing as a digital or analog cable. What's digital or analog is the information that gets passed over the cable. The difference between the three cable types that use XLR connectors (lo-z mix cables, DMX, & AES/EBU) is the construction and shielding of the cable itself. All three cables are using copper conductors, but each is a different impedance. Mic cable is rated at 80 ohms. DMX is 110 ohms. AES/EBU is 120 ohms. So I would have to think that because the difference between the impedance of AES/EBU and DMX is relatively small there would be less risk chance of having problems with it than with regular mic cable.


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Posted 06 May 2013 - 05:38 AM

You will get more reliable performance with the digital AES/EBU cable. Standard analog XLR cables have been known to work OK, but some have reported problems. Line 6 recommends the AES/EBU.

 

Actually Line 6 recommends a standard XLR: http://line6.com/l6l...http://line6.com/l6link/    :)

 

"What kind of cable does L6 LINK use?

L6 LINK works with a standard XLR cable. Because the quality and manufacturing processes of XLR cables vary widely, we can’t guarantee the performance of any particular XLR cable. However, if you are looking for a cable to use with L6 LINK, we recommend the Classic Series Microphone Cable (25 ft.) from Planet Waves, which was among the best we tested."


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Posted 06 May 2013 - 05:46 AM

Actually Line 6 recommends a standard XLR

 

People have gone around and around on this. There's nothing wrong with using a standard mic cable. It's just that the information being sent over the cable is digital, and the Line 6 branded cable is actually an AES/EBU cable.


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Posted 06 May 2013 - 05:56 AM

People have gone around and around on this. There's nothing wrong with using a standard mic cable. It's just that the information being sent over the cable is digital, and the Line 6 branded cable is actually an AES/EBU cable.

 

I am sure people have argued this ad nauseum. However the official Line 6 web page about the Line 6 Link recommends a standard XLR. That was what I was pointing out.


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Posted 06 May 2013 - 06:08 AM

It's designed to work with an XLR cable for ease of access, so that you can pick up a standard mic cable rather than a proprietary cable anywhere at anytime.

I used a regular mic cable with no issues... i went with the DMX cable because i wanted a shorter cable and i wanted to see if there was much of a difference...

really wasnt much in my case.... but that experience can depend alot on the qualities of your original mic cable as phil points out.


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Posted 06 May 2013 - 06:20 AM

It's designed to work with an XLR cable for ease of access, so that you can pick up a standard mic cable rather than a proprietary cable anywhere at anytime.

I used a regular mic cable with no issues... i went with the DMX cable because i wanted a shorter cable and i wanted to see if there was much of a difference...

really wasnt much in my case.... but that experience can depend alot on the qualities of your original mic cable as phil points out.

 

Thanks! I am relatively new, but I have been running my HD500 into a DT25 Combo at fairly high volumes and it sounds great using the Planet Waves standard XLR. So either it works fine for me, or I just don't know what I am missing sound wise (if anything).


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Posted 06 May 2013 - 06:32 AM

If I were to try a AES/EBU cable, what does anyone think about these. They are affordable, but perhaps "you get what you pay for?" Any thoughts?

 

http://www.sweetwate.../detail/EBU025/


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Posted 06 May 2013 - 06:37 AM

I'm sure that would be a fine cable.

 

 

If I were to try a AES/EBU cable, what does anyone think about these. They are affordable, but perhaps "you get what you pay for?" Any thoughts?

 

http://www.sweetwate.../detail/EBU025/

 

I've used some cables that were less than great... tend to get some hum out of them.. a little noise maybe... 

all gets buried at volume.... but the cable is carrying data, so it just works in most cases.


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Posted 06 May 2013 - 06:37 AM

I picked up one of those Hosa cables and haven't had issues with it yet. The termination they use use is the reason it's relatively cheap. It seems they fail much more often than a Neutrik connector. But I got mine mainly for use at home, so it's works OK. If I start gigging out more with the DT-25, I'll probably get a better cable.


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Posted 06 May 2013 - 06:41 AM

I picked up one of those Hosa cables and haven't had issues with it yet. The termination they use use is the reason it's relatively cheap. It seems they fail much more often than a Neutrik connector. But I got mine mainly for use at home, so it's works OK. If I start gigging out more with the DT-25, I'll probably get a better cable.

 

Thanks Phill & Zap. I might give it a try. I can always switch to the XLR I have been using if it were to cheese out on me.


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Posted 06 May 2013 - 01:58 PM

Wow thanks for all the info ( I think I might have opened a can of worms on that)  I have added one of those hosa cables to my wish list.  along with the L2m they have 24 months interest free right now its kinda hard to resist ordering it.  Even though I haven't earned it..


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