Mic Cable for the Discerning Consume


Mic Cable

By Anne Ahira

How many times has this happened to you? You visit your local electronics store to pick up something simple, and the salesman chews your ear off about the many benefits of the top of the line product that just happens to be five times more expensive.

All this time, of course, you are smiling or nodding and thinking to yourself, “What’s the difference?” All of these items are essentially the same, right?

Well, not exactly. While it may be true that the salesman is laying it on a bit thick, the fact is that there are differences in even the simplest or most basic electronic devices or accessories. In this article we are going to discuss the mic cable and whether or not it is worth it to purchase a more expensive brand.

As you may know, there are many reasons why products differ in price. Often this has to do with the size of competing companies.

You certainly don’t have to be Adam Smith to know that the larger the company, the more favorable arrangements they can make with suppliers and distributors. And since they buy in bulk, they often receive massive discounts.

But (and this is a big “but”) that does not always mean that the largest companies produce the best products, or even the cheapest one.

When it comes to mic cable, there are a number of factors buyers should consider. First off, it does actually matter which mic cable you choose. That is, of course, if you are serious about recording.

Is there a huge difference, though? As with most simple electronic accessories, there really isn’t much of a difference in how the least expensive and the most expensive mic cable actually works. Just like all ear or headphones pretty much work the same way, a mic cable is no exception.

However, just like the headphones, there can and often are substantial discrepancies in construction and sound quality. With cables, this is mostly about the materials that are used and the quality of the overall product.

First and foremost, it is important to look for quality shielding. While most cables use a foil shield, these materials are known to crack, which will immediately disrupt and affect the performance of the mic cable.

It is also essential that you pay attention to the quality of the metal in the cable. Though this is a difficult assessment to make, since these metals are encased in rubber or plastic, you can always ask the salesman which metals they use and what the differences between them are.

In the end, what a quality cable will allow you to do is to get the most out of an accessory that can and often will wear out quickly. A quality mic cable will almost always last much longer than a cheap one because it is made from sturdier, more expensive material.

They will also provide superior sound quality, on the margin. Of course, even the best mic cable will not make you sound like Elvis Presley or Whitney Houston.

But what they are said to do is to provide a more robust frequency at the extremes, i.e., the highs and the lows. That is why all of the top bands and vocalists rely on the more expensive mic cable over the affordable one.

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