March 06, 2018
Cables are the lifeblood of any rig. Quarter inch cables connect your instrument to your amp, and link all your effects pedals together. XLR cables get your vocals heard, and speaker cables connect your amps to speakers. Without cables, your rig will still be great to look at, but it just won’t make any sound! However, many musicians spend thousands of dollars assembling their dream rig or buying the perfect microphone, only to skimp on the cables. In this piece, we will talk about why it’s important to spend a little extra for quality cables.
Just like in any other industry, musicians need to devote the proper time and attention to making sure that their tools of the trade are working correctly, so that performances and rehearsals go off without a hitch. For musicians, there’s a lot to keep track of, from strings to instrument setup, intonation, taking care of your voice, and so on. Buying quality cables is worth it in that it gives you one less thing to worry about, and added peace of mind during performances.
Here are some useful features on high-end cables that may seem trivial at first, but make all the difference:
While it may be true that cables serve the same purpose and offer a negligible difference in sound quality to most ears, the better design and durability of higher end cables, more so than any perceived or expected difference in sound quality, is always worth the extra coin. You wouldn’t want your amp to fail at an important label showcase right? The same goes for cables.
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