Next Tues or Weds I will have the last space in my 8 space rack filled. I've got my connections planned out.
It is time to make custom length XLR cables to reduce the length of the hookups. There will be 5 of these cables, all shorter than 24".
Digging through a couple of boxes of various cable thingies I have laying around, I found about 15-20' of Mogami W2549 twisted pair cable.
First cable at the top of the page - http://www.mogamicable.com/category/bulk/microphone/quality_balanced/
Surfing the edges of the rabbit holes I find that Mogami considers this cable to be effective at reducing EMI.
I find that many say the difference between a $20 mic cable and a $200 one is $180. Others say that the Mogami W2549 sounded "less lively" "less defined" etc. and that other cables they used had a brighter clearer tone - which reminds me of the guy that had a widget for improving the "clarity" of home hi-fi systems - it added a bit of high frequency noise to the output, which generates harmonics in conjunction with the original signal and creates a brighter sound. Maybe their preferred cables introduce a bit of noise that brightens things up? I dunno, just speculation since I could not find any posts on that specific possibility.
I owned a 10' Zaolla pure silver mic cable many years ago, got a deal on it. I could not hear any difference between it and any of my other cables. It was thick, stiff and unweildy.
I sold it for more than I paid for it and do not miss it.
I am very aware that simply shortening every possible audio cable in my system will should provide some degree of noise reduction. I am familiar with running AC as far away from audio cables as possible. Shortening the AC cables can only help too, if nothing else it will make a less cluttered box. I want to be able to snap on the lids and move the system if needed. There are some great sounding rooms available for recording off yonder a bit.
I do intend to make custom AC cables too, will be hitting the hardware store for some plugs. I've got a Furman P-8 Pro C in my rack and all 7 of the plugs in back are in use. Standard AC cables are MUCH longer than needed. I want to route the AC to one side of the box and audio to the other side. If it makes things easier, I may drill a few holes in the shell of the rack and use tie-wraps to route cabling, especially AC power lines.
So, mic cables? Experiences, anecdotal evidence, skepticism? Bring it, I am now curious about this topic and maybe others are too. Cheers, Kuru