I've had more expensive cables than this from apparently better makers, which will remain unnamed, all of which have deteriorated much faster than this bad boy.
I tend to leave my equipment plugged in (synths, guitars, monitors etc...) it may be unhealthy but what can i say i'm a lazy producer. Leaving it all plugged in means at least once or twice a day i'm rolling over these cables with my chair, stepping on them and even laying equipment over them. This cable has not yet had a scratch where others have seamlessly stopped working or become unreliable.
Pros: - Cheap - Well built - Takes damage like a boss
Cons: - Aesthetics could use some work - The fact that it's ends are made of plastic tends to scare me.
For several years I had been using cheap patch cables in my home studio. I was never completely happy with them as they were noisy, unstable and wore out easily.
So it was time for me to buy new cables of a better quality. Of course I did not want to spend a fortune on them, especially since I always need quite a lot of cables.
After comparing different products and prices I decided to give these cables with gold-plated and hand-soldered Rean connectors a try ...
I have been using this 3 m cable as well as a bunch of shorter cables of the same type in my studio for several months now and they have not disappointed me. They are very stable and sturdy and my recordings sound better now.
I use the cables in various combinations and for different purposes, as connections between electric guitars, amps, effect boards and pedals, synthesizers, interfaces and so on. Works fine.
What I realized though is a disturbing noise in my vocal recordings that I only get when I leave the cable in my interface while recording over the XLR input. Actually I don't know if it happens because the cable is asymmetrical or too poorly shielded or because of the phantom power. Since I never record anything simultaneously when doing the vocals I just pull it before vocal recordings and the problem is solved.
Good decision, no regrets!
I will probably need more 3 meter patch cables in the nearer future and buy these again.
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