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Re: Best XLR cables recommendations?
« Reply #30 on: June 22, 2013, 11:20:13 PM »
The best way to go is tgakidis here in TS. He makes 'em custom. For stock cables, Mogami gold is hard to beat.

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Re: Best XLR cables recommendations?
« Reply #31 on: July 27, 2013, 06:42:15 PM »
The best cables are made by ted gak.  He is fairly priced and extremely well made.  As well as a nice guy.
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Re: Best XLR cables recommendations?
« Reply #32 on: August 12, 2013, 07:40:55 PM »
Where do the monster brand cables fall as far as quality and reliability? It doesn't sound like any of you guys use them. I have used their instrument cables for years without issue. How do they work for live recording gear?
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Re: Best XLR cables recommendations?
« Reply #33 on: August 12, 2013, 09:07:04 PM »
Where do the monster brand cables fall as far as quality and reliability? It doesn't sound like any of you guys use them. I have used their instrument cables for years without issue. How do they work for live recording gear?

the cables are quite good quality, but i find them to be very expensive and i think there is better value such as cables make by ted. but i think some of us if not a lot like to support inside the community and buy stuff from other tapers like ted, and darktrain, ect. but i don't have anything against them, other than the price. but of course, only MY opinion
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Re: Best XLR cables recommendations?
« Reply #34 on: August 12, 2013, 10:44:52 PM »
Shady company, who makes sub-par goods. They also threaten legal action at the drop of the hat, going after monster.com, Monster energy drink, and Blue Jeans Cable. Blue Jeans uses high quality Belden cables, Neutrik and Canare connectors, and has a few of their own lines. Check out this email exchange.

 http://www.bluejeanscable.com/legal/mcp/
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Re: Best XLR cables recommendations?
« Reply #35 on: August 12, 2013, 11:18:37 PM »
Where do the monster brand cables fall as far as quality and reliability? It doesn't sound like any of you guys use them. I have used their instrument cables for years without issue. How do they work for live recording gear?

Overpriced and nothing special, despite their marketing.  The cables made by Ted and Darktrain, among others, are far superior and fairly priced.
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Re: Best XLR cables recommendations?
« Reply #36 on: August 12, 2013, 11:21:57 PM »
That is pretty shady.

I am more concerned with quality. Don't get me wrong, that kind of business is a turn off to the point that I probably would not buy another monster cable, but considering the lifetime warranty and the fact that I already own two long instrument cable made by monster, and I have bought two 15' xlr cables to start with my recording rig with that are made by monster, I will continue to use them unless there is an affordable cable out there that is hands down better as far as quality is concerned. I really like being able to walk into a store with a broken cable( only had to do it once) and leave with a brand new cable for free.
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Re: Best XLR cables recommendations?
« Reply #37 on: August 13, 2013, 09:23:24 AM »
Then buy anything other than Monster from your local store

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Re: Best XLR cables recommendations?
« Reply #38 on: August 13, 2013, 05:34:57 PM »
 Ted & Robb ( darktrain) make excellent products with fast delivery. I like that they can make custom ends i.e right angles and offsets to custom fit
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Re: Best XLR cables recommendations?
« Reply #39 on: November 12, 2013, 03:02:50 AM »
Anyone happen to have a link to that hilarious Amazon comment section about cables improving sound?
I know I'm grave-digging here, but I think you're referring to:

A caution to people buying these: if you do not follow the "directional markings" on the cables, your music will play backwards. Please check that before mentioning it in your reviews.

I was disappointed. I consider myself an audiophile - I regularly spend over $1000 on cables to get the ultimate sound. I keep my music-listening room in a Faraday cage to prevent any interference that could alter my music-listening experience. Sending any signal down ordinary copper can degrade the signal considerably. While ordinary listeners might not notice, to somebody with even a rudimentary knowledge of sound, the artifacts are glaring. Denon should have used silver wiring (hermetically sealed inside the rubber sheath to prevent any tarnishing, of course), which has a significantly higher conductivity than copper. Furthermore, Denon needs to treat the wires they use in the cable with a polarity inductor to ensure minimal phase variance.

Needless to say, I returned the cable and wrote an angry letter to the so-called engineers at Denon.


Or the whole page here: http://www.amazon.com/Denon-AKDL1-Dedicated-Cable-Version/dp/B000I1X6PM/

Or this one: http://www.amazon.com/AudioQuest-K2-Terminated-Speaker-Cable/dp/B000J36XR2/

Pretty hilarious stuff. Thanks for reminding me. Cracked up the first time I read that shiz.
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