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Anyone use this to test their cables
« on: August 02, 2013, 07:29:23 AM »
I was browsing home depots audio cables for the hell of it and found this tester.

http://www.homedepot.com/p/Pyle-8-Plug-Pro-Audio-Cable-Tester-PCT10/203346747#.UfuXdo03s7o

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Re: Anyone use this to test their cables
« Reply #1 on: August 02, 2013, 07:42:27 AM »
I use a similar model made by Behringer http://www.behringer.com/EN/Products/CT100.aspx
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Re: Anyone use this to test their cables
« Reply #2 on: August 07, 2013, 03:52:33 PM »
I was browsing home depots audio cables for the hell of it and found this tester.

http://www.homedepot.com/p/Pyle-8-Plug-Pro-Audio-Cable-Tester-PCT10/203346747#.UfuXdo03s7o

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Couldn't help but chuckle at one of the reviewers comments about how they wish it came with instructions when the basic instructions are plastered all over the outside of the unit.  In their defense, the outside instructions did forget to include that important first step...plug cable in.   ;D

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Re: Anyone use this to test their cables
« Reply #3 on: August 07, 2013, 03:55:22 PM »
I use a similar model made by Behringer http://www.behringer.com/EN/Products/CT100.aspx
For the money this is the best product for testing cables it does everything and provides a 1k test tone for checking inputs. Its a great unit that everyone should own.
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Re: Anyone use this to test their cables
« Reply #4 on: August 07, 2013, 04:26:07 PM »
I use a similar model made by Behringer http://www.behringer.com/EN/Products/CT100.aspx
For the money this is the best product for testing cables it does everything and provides a 1k test tone for checking inputs. Its a great unit that everyone should own.

Totally agree. It's the #1 thing they makes for taper use. I don't keep one in my recording bag, but I keep one with my recording stuff at home and throw it in the car to bring along to fests. It is a invaluable stress reliever for very quickly chasing intermittant cable faults or simply confirming that your cables are in good shape.  Plug 'em in, confirm good wiring on all lights, push the intermitant test button, wiggle them around and see if any light pops back on to find even a very quick intermittant fault.  15 seconds, done, total peace of mind.

I bought one years ago as a cheap test tone generator to match levels and calibrate meters.  It is switchable between 1k and something lower, 440k or 700ish maybe, can't recall.  Works great for that, but it is the easy cable testing that totally rocks.
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Re: Anyone use this to test their cables
« Reply #5 on: August 07, 2013, 04:38:01 PM »
I've used this one.

http://www.nady.com/ct6.html

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Re: Anyone use this to test their cables
« Reply #6 on: June 05, 2018, 03:44:30 PM »
Sorry to resurrect an old thread, but does the Behringer CT100 work with cables that have different connectors (for example, XLR to RCA)?  I couldn't find a definitive answer in the Behringer documentation or reviews I found online.
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Re: Anyone use this to test their cables
« Reply #7 on: June 05, 2018, 04:04:47 PM »
Sorry to resurrect an old thread, but does the Behringer CT100 work with cables that have different connectors (for example, XLR to RCA)?  I couldn't find a definitive answer in the Behringer documentation or reviews I found online.


Yes, you can use any combination of connectors plugged into any in and out. (well, I've never used the midi ports, so I'm don't know about that...)
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Re: Anyone use this to test their cables
« Reply #8 on: June 05, 2018, 04:32:42 PM »
And in addition to fault/intermittency detection, you can use the indicator lights to help determine how the cable is wired- in your example of balanced XLR to unbalanced RCA (3 conductors > 2 conductors) you can determine if pin 3 is open or bridged to ground (pin 1).

Like d3, I've never tried the midi ports.
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Re: Anyone use this to test their cables
« Reply #9 on: June 06, 2018, 12:33:55 AM »
While you're bumping a stale one, I'll throw in notes for the Swizz tester by EbTech. I think the Pyle and Behringer might be copies of this Made In USA box.
http://www.ebtechaudio.com/swizzdes.html




And the Whirlwind Q-Box, now on version 3, the mini plug headphone version.
http://whirlwindusa.com/catalog/black-boxes-effects-and-dis/testers/qbox
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The Qbox is the all-in-one audio line tester ideal for applications such as live sound, maintenance, installation work - anywhere audio runs down a cable. The Qbox includes a microphone, a speaker, a test tone generator, outputs for standard headphones, a 1/4" jack for line-in or a 2k Ohm (telephone) earpiece out. A handy clip attaches the Qbox to your belt or equipment rack.

Simply generate into or listen to audio at any point in your system from the mics to the power amps to quickly confirm which sections are working and which ones aren't. The Qbox can quick-check dynamic mics and cables without firing up the entire system. Use the built in mic or tone generator at three different levels for activating a signal path or identifying a specific cable in a pile of cable ends. Powered by a single standard 9V alkaline battery and housed in rugged ABS, the Qbox is light yet able to withstand the wear and tear of fieldwork.

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Re: Anyone use this to test their cables
« Reply #10 on: June 06, 2018, 08:42:11 AM »
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