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Microphone XLR cables

Discussion in 'AV Receivers' started by DanFP, Mar 13, 2003.

  1. DanFP

    DanFP Auditioning

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    I am looking into the possibility of using low-cost Microphone XLR cables as balanced interconnects from AVM-20 to Amplifier.

    Like the low-cost Microphone XLR cables (LZ-3, 3ft Black Cable XLR-F to XLR-M, $8.00) at this web-site:
    http://www.midwestcommunications.com/pa400.html


    Can anyone tell me if Microphone XLR cables can be used as balanced interconnects between an Anthem AVM-20 and Amplifier?
    Dan
     
  2. Albert Damico

    Albert Damico Stunt Coordinator

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    Yes. As a musician, I buy my mic (XLR) cables from Muscian's Friend. I picked up 8-3' cables for around $30 shipped. Less than half of the cost of one cable from a well known cable company. Specs are the same or better, and quality is outstanding.
     
  3. Chu Gai

    Chu Gai Lead Actor

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    knock yourself out. and if you don't want to go online to musician's friend, then there's probably a Guitar Center near you. why you can even get a premium mic cable made with something like Mogami wire.
    FWIW, the following is a nice little spiel on interconnects.
    http://www.rane.com/note110.html
     
  4. DanFP

    DanFP Auditioning

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    Thanks (Albert & Chu) for your replies. I find myself 100% in agreement with you about using low-cost Microphone XLR cables as balanced interconnects.

    btw> I had also sent an email to Tech Support at Anthem. See quote below for their reply.

    So no high-priced interconnects for me. Hello cheap Microphone XLR cables.
    Thanks again
    Dan
     
  5. DanFP

    DanFP Auditioning

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    I ended up getting 7 x 3ft Whirlwind MK403's($11.95ea) from Big Time Audio. They are described as a Pro quality mic cable(XLR-M to XLR-F) with 22ga conductors and a high quality braided shield and Neutrik "X" series connectors. Free shipping when purchasing all 7.

    I chose these because they use 22ga conductors instead of 24ga conductors. Oh, whirlwindusa.com has a great writeup about the difference between balanced and unbalanced cables:
    http://www.whirlwindusa.com/tech01.html
     
  6. Brett DiMichele

    Brett DiMichele Producer

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    Dan,

    Thanks for the info! Those Whirlwind Cables look very nice
    and I will need a pair of good M to F XLR's when I get my
    new PreAmp so I can wire my Pre to my Behringer in a true
    ballanced fashion and these cables look a notch better than
    the lower priced pro cables that Musicians Friend carries.

    [​IMG]
     
  7. Chu Gai

    Chu Gai Lead Actor

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    nice find! now toss in some electron mumbo jumbo and charge 10x.
     
  8. Brett DiMichele

    Brett DiMichele Producer

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    Chu,

    Okay...

    These whirlwind cables feature a true positive integrated
    Quasi Shield technology that blocks all RFI. In addition
    the cables are pseudo cryogenically treated (Stored in a non
    heated warehouse) the pure crystalline structure copper is
    treated in such a way as to prevent delamination of the strands
    (housed in a jacket). All terminations are made with the best
    connectors available in the market today.
     
  9. Sri

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    Dan,
    Does Big Time Audio have a website? I would like to get 7 of MC403 as well based on your description. Thanks
     
  10. DanFP

    DanFP Auditioning

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    Yes, there is a website. Though, it seems related only to music and not hardware products:
    http://www.bigtimefans.com/

    I found the cables listed on Ebay by this Brian guy. He has very good Ebay feedback reviews:
    [email protected]
     
  11. Sri

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    Dan,
    Thanks!
     

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