08-16-2011 01:27 PM
Odd. I've seen a number of Monster cables, and even have a pair (don't remember how I ended up with them) and they look and work as good as the best. Are you talking about a specific type of connector? I only have experience with their 1/4" and RCA cables. BTW, Monster HDMI cables aren't the best; Belden makes the best and you can find them at bluejeanscables.com. Quality HDMI cables aren't usually necessary, except for long runs or cables buried in a wall that would be hard to replace. Cheapos are fine for 12 feet and under, especially if you're not using "deep color".
the connectors on monster's xlr cables are complete shite, and prone to quick failure. maybe if you only work in your studio and plug everything in once and leave it it's ok, but for touring or if you work in a venue they are to be avoided like the plague...
08-16-2011 01:33 PM
Do you replace them after they fail, or mark them with a date and replace them after a time period elapses? Or do you just replace the whole set every X years? I use a lot of the modular cables where you cut the cable stock and jam the solid brass ends on, screwing in the shield conductor. Those do fail at a higher rate than quality prebuilt cables, but the repair is simple: snip off the end and jam it back in. For live I always run stereo, and if I get one failure I just run that one mono or pull a spare. In the home studio it's only a problem when there are lots of cables on a given path and finding the one bad one can be tiresome. But it doesn't happen often, and I like having cables that are just the right lenght. Biggest problem with these cables is that people think they're cool and they tend to disappear! But I wouldn't recommend them for critical applications, especially complex ones where finding the bad cable takes more than a moment. Beside the point here though, since they're not XLR.
i tend to treat my cables as 'wear items', with replacement cycles based on intented use and expense. using this methodology i tend to end up with the livewire-esque brands, and they almost always last their intended cycle. many static connections do not need their cables replaced, mainly the ones going to the instruments.
08-17-2011 08:43 PM
08-18-2011 05:14 PM
off topic to the XLR question (sorry!) but, i purchase very inexpensive molded - type cables from Markertek for use with my tabletop equipment, keyboards, and rack gear - http://www.markertek.com/Cables/Audio-Cables/1-4in
Do you replace them after they fail, or mark them with a date and replace them after a time period elapses? Or do you just replace the whole set every X years?
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