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AKG Active Cables
« on: June 22, 2018, 03:04:07 AM »
Ok, not sure if this should be in "cables" or "microphones and setup", but anyway - I have some AKG's with Naiant active cables (also have the full body 480's) and I love them so far. Only thing... the Naiant active cables are really quite stiff and I find that I really have to be pretty careful about how I position the mics and then tape down the cables pretty well, otherwise the tension/force in the cable can easily push the mic out of alignment.

Getting to the point: is there an alternative active cable for the AKG that isn't so stiff? I'd love to have a cable as supple as what's on the DPA 4022's. Especially if I ever want to use these in a  >:D sort of way... The current cables I have are just so rigid that it would just about make  >:D an impossibility...

By the way, these cables are "tech flexed" so that might be contributing to the stiffness factor.

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Re: AKG Active Cables
« Reply #1 on: June 22, 2018, 03:41:28 AM »
Maybe you should try Nicks Nbob cables? I love them. My cable has a 6-pin connector but I'm pretty sure he can also make these cables with two XLR's. Here's a picture:

« Last Edit: June 22, 2018, 03:45:53 AM by TheMetalist »
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Re: AKG Active Cables
« Reply #2 on: June 22, 2018, 04:47:43 AM »
Yes, it’s the techflex.  The section after the splt can be removed.  Hit me up if you would like me to mod them.
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Mics: Telefunken RFT AR-51 / Telefunken ELA M 260 (tk60,tk61,tk62) / Telefunken M60 / AKG c426b / AKG c414 xls / AKG c414 B-XLS / AKG c460b (ck61,ck62,ck63,ck69,a60,ck1,ck22,ck3,ck8,Blue B6) / nBob AKG Actives>PFA/ nBob AKG Actives>nBox Platinum / Naiant AKG Actives>PFA / AT853 w/ 4.7k Mod (Card,Omni,Sub)
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Re: AKG Active Cables
« Reply #3 on: June 22, 2018, 09:10:53 AM »
Yes, it’s the techflex.  The section after the splt can be removed.  Hit me up if you would like me to mod them.
yes, 100% mine are not techflexed and very "soft"
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Re: AKG Active Cables
« Reply #4 on: June 22, 2018, 11:18:32 AM »
Yes, it’s the techflex.  The section after the splt can be removed.  Hit me up if you would like me to mod them.

Ted does excellent work and is a great communicator.  You can trust him with your valuable gear, and he typically has great turnaround time.
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Re: AKG Active Cables
« Reply #5 on: June 27, 2018, 04:09:18 AM »
Yes, it’s the techflex.  The section after the splt can be removed.  Hit me up if you would like me to mod them.

PM Sent.

PS, do you build active cables? (Thinking of a second pair anyway....)
Mics: CA-14(cards & omnis) and CA-11(cards & omnis) ; AT853's(cards, hypers, mini shotguns); Busman BSC-1 (cards, hypers, omnis)
Nakamichi CM300's (CP-1,2,3,4) Nakamichi CM700's (cards, omnis)
Tascam PE-120's (cards, omnis) Peluso CEMC-6 (cards and subcards)
DPA 4061's DPA 4022's; AKG 480 ck61 and ck63; Naiant AKG Active Cables
Preamps: CA-9100; Naiant Tinybox (12v/48v + PIP 8V); Naiant Littlebox;
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Re: AKG Active Cables
« Reply #6 on: June 27, 2018, 01:33:49 PM »
Yes, it’s the techflex.  The section after the splt can be removed.  Hit me up if you would like me to mod them.

PM Sent.

PS, do you build active cables? (Thinking of a second pair anyway....)

These can be ordered directly from Naiant

https://naiant.com/studio-electronics-products/inline-devices/pfa-phantom-power-adaptor/
For the "Input" Option, choose "4pin Binder for Naiant Coupling for AKG"
Barrel Type = Standard Mono.
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Mics: Telefunken RFT AR-51 / Telefunken ELA M 260 (tk60,tk61,tk62) / Telefunken M60 / AKG c426b / AKG c414 xls / AKG c414 B-XLS / AKG c460b (ck61,ck62,ck63,ck69,a60,ck1,ck22,ck3,ck8,Blue B6) / nBob AKG Actives>PFA/ nBob AKG Actives>nBox Platinum / Naiant AKG Actives>PFA / AT853 w/ 4.7k Mod (Card,Omni,Sub)
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Re: AKG Active Cables
« Reply #7 on: June 27, 2018, 05:03:24 PM »
Can Jon still make the couplers? I may have misunderstood the last time i asked him. I tried to order another pair last month and he said something along the lines of he can make the cables but not the couplers anymore.
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Re: AKG Active Cables
« Reply #8 on: June 27, 2018, 05:10:46 PM »
Can Jon still make the couplers? I may have misunderstood the last time i asked him. I tried to order another pair last month and he said something along the lines of he can make the cables but not the couplers anymore.

No, just the the cables.
GAKables: Custom XLR, Digi & Batt Cables http://taperssection.com/index.php?topic=133186.0

Mics: Telefunken RFT AR-51 / Telefunken ELA M 260 (tk60,tk61,tk62) / Telefunken M60 / AKG c426b / AKG c414 xls / AKG c414 B-XLS / AKG c460b (ck61,ck62,ck63,ck69,a60,ck1,ck22,ck3,ck8,Blue B6) / nBob AKG Actives>PFA/ nBob AKG Actives>nBox Platinum / Naiant AKG Actives>PFA / AT853 w/ 4.7k Mod (Card,Omni,Sub)
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Re: AKG Active Cables
« Reply #9 on: June 27, 2018, 05:55:19 PM »
Any leads on just the couplers? Shoepsnbox?
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Re: AKG Active Cables
« Reply #10 on: June 27, 2018, 08:10:59 PM »
Any leads on just the couplers? Shoepsnbox?

Nick’s are designed with hard wired cables vs 4pin binder naiant actives.  The build quality quality is much higher then the naiant couplers.  Nick’s actives can run off an nBox or Pfa with phantom power.
GAKables: Custom XLR, Digi & Batt Cables http://taperssection.com/index.php?topic=133186.0

Mics: Telefunken RFT AR-51 / Telefunken ELA M 260 (tk60,tk61,tk62) / Telefunken M60 / AKG c426b / AKG c414 xls / AKG c414 B-XLS / AKG c460b (ck61,ck62,ck63,ck69,a60,ck1,ck22,ck3,ck8,Blue B6) / nBob AKG Actives>PFA/ nBob AKG Actives>nBox Platinum / Naiant AKG Actives>PFA / AT853 w/ 4.7k Mod (Card,Omni,Sub)
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Re: AKG Active Cables
« Reply #11 on: March 28, 2019, 11:59:24 AM »
Reviving a dead thread...

I'm going to order some AKG nbobs. What's the ideal connection for PFAs?

I'm hoping to run something like this: CK61 > nbob (~15 feet, singular output TA6F?) > PFA x2 > MP6
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Re: AKG Active Cables
« Reply #12 on: March 28, 2019, 03:18:48 PM »
Reviving a dead thread...

I'm going to order some AKG nbobs. What's the ideal connection for PFAs?

I'm hoping to run something like this: CK61 > nbob (~15 feet, singular output TA6F?) > PFA x2 > MP6

I just ordered some nbobs for my new gefell setup and here's what I ended up doing....

gefell active 2 feet to ta6.

12 foot single belden 1804a ta6 extension cable w/ techflex

6 inch pfa with ta6

The reason I did a short active and then an extension is because a few venues here in town we have long permanent sets of xlr's in the ceiling.  if I just had the long nbob I would have to coil up 12+ feet of cable in the ceiling to connect my pfa's to the xlr's.  this way I have less than 2 feet to deal with in this situation.  I'm not a  >:D guy but if I were a short set is a whole lot easier to deal with as well.  I should be getting them in today and will post pics in the team gefell thread.
Microtech Gefell M20 or M21 > Nbob actives > Naiant PFA > Sound Devices MixPre-6 II

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Re: AKG Active Cables
« Reply #13 on: March 28, 2019, 03:58:25 PM »
Thanks Gordon. I'm assuming that the "standard stereo" barrel option will just be two normal XLR outputs from the singular PFA. Can you confirm?
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Re: AKG Active Cables
« Reply #14 on: March 28, 2019, 04:33:11 PM »
Thanks Gordon. I'm assuming that the "standard stereo" barrel option will just be two normal XLR outputs from the singular PFA. Can you confirm?

Best to discuss with Jon and Nick.  Nick had "nbox" style pfa's on hand which is single ta6 connection on the pfa.  he had me order unterminated pfa nbox style to replace the ones he used for mine.  no need for an nbox just gives you options.  so my extension cable is a single cable with ta6 on both ends.

pics here...


https://taperssection.com/index.php?topic=144869.msg2295494#msg2295494

Microtech Gefell M20 or M21 > Nbob actives > Naiant PFA > Sound Devices MixPre-6 II

https://archive.org/details/fav-gordonlw

 

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