1. Brand Spotlight: Monster

    Brand Spotlight: Monster
      Back in the early days of amplified music, the instrument cable was seen as little more than a piece of equipment that got the signal from point A to point B. The materials were cheap, the construction was an afterthought and some even heavily degraded tone. In comes Monster Cable Products who completely changed the way we look at cables. Founded in 1979 by Noel Lee, Monster was an early pioneer of high-performance audio cables, understanding that you are only a strong as your weakest link. Over three decades later, they remain one of the most popular and sought-after cable brands around. And with their lifetime warranty, any cable you buy is literally yours for life. With that in mind, we decided to take a look at just a few of our favorite offerings from the brand. Continue reading →
  2. Four Common Audio Cables For Musicians

    Four Common Audio Cables For Musicians
    Cables come in all shapes and sizes, featuring a wide variety of specs meant for specific situations. Luckily, you don't have to memorize every single one of them if you just want to rock. Below are the four most common type of cables musicians will come across along with a few common variations.   Continue reading →
  3. Difference Between Balanced And Unbalanced Signals

    Difference Between Balanced And Unbalanced Signals
    Q: "What's the difference between a balanced and unbalanced signal?"   A: An unbalanced signal is one that is traveling through an audio path (such as a cable) that contains two conductors; a hot wire to transfer the actual signal and a shield to act as a ground. Instrument cables fall into this category which is why they are often referred to as unbalanced cables or TS (Tip, Sleeve) cables. An unbalanced signal is a perfectly serviceable method of connecting your guitar and amp, but you do have the possibility of running into noise or hum issues if you happen to be using a long cable, with the problem getting worse the longer the cable. Continue reading →
  4. Common Pro Audio Cables Explained

    Common Pro Audio Cables Explained
    Common TS (Tip/Sleeve) cable. (HOSA 5ft TS Speaker Cable) In the world of pro audio, there’s a multitude of a specialized gear at our disposal along with plenty of ways to connect them. While it might not be the most exciting topic, knowing what kind of audio cable is right for the job – as well as what they...
  5. Are Guitar and Speaker Cables Interchangeable?

    Are Guitar and Speaker Cables Interchangeable?
    When you hook up your ax to an amp always make sure you're using a guitar cable! (Fender 10" Instrument Cable) There’s a good reason why manufacturers make both guitar and speaker cables. Although they look pretty much the same and will fit on either instruments or speakers, they are not interchangeable. While most music techs will simply tell you not to...

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