Originally Posted by Blackdevil77
So basically, what XLR cable would you guys recommend using for the powered cats? Is the mono price stuff good?
Yes the Monoprice XLR cables are both excellent and also extremely great value.
But you need to understand that XLR interconnect cables are mandatory in the sound biz for these reasons: 1) extreme long cable runs of over 100+ feet (so XLR runs with higher voltage) and 2) durable connectors that can be reliably pushed in/out many many times without problems/failing and 3) durable wires that can be run over repeatedly by heavy equipment being moved about on wheels and 4) great shielding.
In my own experience there is zero sound quality merit for home use of XLR interconnects.
FWIW I've used the Monoprice XLR interconnects (and also another slightly higher priced brand with no detected difference between the two) and think the Monoprice are within an eyelash of being as good as others; so if you're gonna buy into the whole XLR interconnect thing then start with Monoprice XLR cables as you'll blow away the least money.
Of course the problem is that you need to make a short handed decision (with little to no actual 1st hand experience) and put them into the walls of the room/house that you're building?
Talk about tough decisions.
FWIW *all* of my XLR cables now sit in a storage box unused.
I use these Coaxial Digital Audio Cable (Belden 1694A) for all of my analog RCA cable needs, as well as my coax digital cable needs: http://www.bluejeancable.com/store/d...udio/index.htm
Friendly low price. Easy to think that they can't be that great. But in fact they are great. Anything better will likely cost a small fortune with at best extreme minor sound quality improvement. Without question the Canare RCAP RCA connectors (none better and with few peers) are great, great shielding, and the Belden 1694A coax is rated for in-wall installation.
Call up bluejeancable on any question; their 800 number support people are very competent in my experience with talking with them on 3 or 4 occasions.
Other than the question of which cable has better sound quality.