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Recommend good XLR cables

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Morning,

 

I've just gone through my second XLR cable since using Helix for about a year I think. 

Symptoms are clipping, loss of brightness and occasional crackles.

They were cheap cables; the first, an unknown thing I had lying around when I got the Helix and the second, a Visiosound brand so I'm not surprised they've failed, they're used a lot as well.

I want to get some more reliable ones now, I don't want to be paranoid about cables. But it's a minefield! There's so many to choose from. 

 

What brand do you guys recommend? 

 

Cheers, Kev

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Sommer Cable (Spirit/XXL) for live and rehearsal.
Vovox for studio + recording.

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If you’re in Canada, Yorkville makes good cables.

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I use the Beeline cables from Neat Microphones. The company was founded by the people behind Blue, and was a division of Gibson that got caught up in Gibson's issues. The owners acquired the inventory, so the cables are available for around $40, which is lower than the original pricing. The only disadvantage I've found is that they're not particularly supple because the construction is pretty heavy-duty and the cables are thick. Some people don't like the look with the yellow stripes, but others like it because of the visibility - you're not as likely to trip over them 

 

Although I worked with the company while at Gibson, I'm not affiliated with Neat. I just like their products. FWIW, the online user reviews are extremely favorable.

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On 7/1/2019 at 10:05 AM, Halloumikev said:

 

What brand do you guys recommend? 

 

Cheers, Kev

 

Hi Kev,

 

As used by the BBC and Abbey Road studios.

 

These are my choice and available in a range of colours, making it easier to spot which is which in a multi cable situation.

 

Search for:

Van Damme Cable -  Neutrik XLR XLR Cables - Balanced Microphone/Patch Lead

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Thanks for the replies. After some digging, there's a guy makes cables using Neutrik and Van Damme as suggested, "designacable". Has good reviews and good price so I'll give those a go.

 

Cheers!

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Also consider SouthCreekAudio.com's cables. I have been using their Patch, Adapter, Mic, Guitar Cables for several years. All have been outstanding w/o a flaw in any one of them and that across a couple of dozen I bought for my own use and as gifts. Very clean, flexible, exceptionally well constructed, inexpensive, and include a velcro strap. 

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Have used designacable for the past few years for multiple cables for the band. All good quality and quick turnaround.

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21 hours ago, Halloumikev said:

Thanks for the replies. After some digging, there's a guy makes cables using Neutrik and Van Damme as suggested, "designacable". Has good reviews and good price so I'll give those a go.

 

Cheers!

 

Yes, that's the place I was thinking of!

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