Saturday, 21 November 2009
Leads and Connections
You should not skimp with leads, Buy the best quality that you can possibly afford.
The Different Types Of Connectors
Stereo 1/4" Jack (Balanced/Unbalanced)
Mono 1/4" Jack (Balanced/Unbalanced)
2.5mm Mini Jack (Stereo/Mono)
3.5mm Mini Jack (Stereo/Mono)
The Different Types Of Cable
Oxygen Free Cable - Expensive cable, but the higher cost is due to the superior quality that this type of cable incorporates. It is excellent for speaker cable. Sonic superiority.
Braided Screened Cable - Expensive cable, due to the copper content and more complex manufacturing techniques. Excellent for microphone cable as it features very high rejection of RF interference. Great for PA's.
Foil Screened Cable - Low cost cable, with good screening and can be prepared very quick and easy, it also has a small diameter.
Conductive Plastic Cable - Great cable that can go around bends with ease, also very quick and easy to prepare. The biggest flaw of this type of cable is that the screening capabilities are very poor compared to other types of cable. But great for short run microphone cables.
Lapped Screened Cable - Expensive cable, due to the copper content. Easily flexed and is very strong, an excellent all round cable if you got the cash to buy it. Great for PA's.
Single Core (Unbalanced) - Usually low cost and quite common, especially in everyday applications and use. Best used for short cables. One core carries the Hot signal, and the Shield which is the Earth.
Double Core (Balanced) - Usually expensive, double core, one core carries the Hot signal (Positive +), one core carries Cold signal (Negative -), and the shield which is Earth. This cable is excellent for short and long length cables, as it is highly unlikely to suffer from RF interference and noise.
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