Pros: This is a very good entry level speaker cable.
Cons: The price is a bit high.
MONSTER CABLE STANDARD 100 SPEAKER CABLE 3 FEET
In today's review I am going to be discussing one of the best made entry level speaker cables that one can buy for everyday use. Yes, there are a number of better high end speaker cables, but for everyday use, such as for live gigs, the Monster Cable Standard 100 Cable is more than adequate. Today I shall be reviewing the model that is 3 feet in length. It can readily be found selling at a discount for about $12.95 from most of the national musical instrument chain stores. That may sound like a lot of money for an entry level speaker cable that is only 3 feet long, but remember you get what you pay for. Read on and see if the Monster Cable Standard 100 Speaker Cable 3 Feet Length sounds like a cable you might want to consider the next time you are thinking about replacing or upgrading your musical instrument speaker cables.
Years ago when I first started out in the music business, I did not know that there were fundamental differences between speaker cables and musical instrument cables. I falsely assumed that they were interchangeable, and if a cable had a quarter inch phone plug on both ends, then it could be used to connect a musical instrument to a musical instrument amplifier, and that the very same cable was just fine to use to connect a musical instrument amplifier to a speaker cabinet. When I began working in a professional studio, and worked under several very wise and experienced recording engineers, I soon learned just how seriously wrong and off base my thinking was. But then again, no one is born with this type of knowledge are they.
Musical instrument cables are designed to work best in high impedance situations, such as carrying the high impedance electrical signal from an electric guitar to a device with a high resistance input such as a guitar amp, and the hot wire is typically between 20 to 24 gauge in diameter, which is a relatively thin wire. Remember when it comes to measuring the thickness or diameter of a wire, the higher the number of the gauge, the thinner the wire will be.
Unlike a musical instrument cable, a speaker cable is designed to work best in a low impedance situation, such as carrying the low impedance electrical signal from a musical instrument amplifier head to a low impedance musical instrument speaker cabinet or speaker. The wires in a speaker cable are typically equal in size and are usually 12 to 16 gauge, and as such are considerably thicker wires than would be found in a musical instrument cable, and they are designed to carry a relatively high current and voltage. Thinner wires (high gauge) tend to have higher electrical resistance than a thicker wire (lower gauge) made of the same quality material or substance. The thicker the diameter of the wire, the less will be its electrical resistance. This is important to keep in mind, as the greater the resistance an electrical current encounters as it moves along a signal path, the more heat that can be potentially generated in the wire, and that can lead to a potential host of problems, including not only distortion, overheated cables, and even damage to the amplifier and/or speakers.
The Monster Cable Standard 100 Speaker Cable uses 16 gauge speaker cable, which is quite adequate for most situations. This same grade of Monster Cable Standard 100 Speaker Cable comes in a number of sizes, including 3 feet, 6 feet, 10 feet, 20 feet, and 50 feet lengths. This Monster Cable Standard 100 Speaker Cable 3 Feet Length has a ¼ inch straight phone plug at each end. It has a patented "Magnetic Flux Tube" that reduces the level of signal distortion. This is important, as a very clear and clean sound are always very desirable and clearly preferable. If one wants to add distortion to their sound, they can always do so if they so desire, but no one wants to have their sound colored or tainted by unwanted distortion from their amplifier, which of course can be the result of poor speaker wire or poor amplifier to speaker cabinet connections. The Monster Cable Standard 100 Speaker Cable is designed to deliver a clear and undistorted sound, without sacrificing any of the punch on the low end frequencies, or cutting out any of the high end overtones.
The Monster Cable Standard 100 Speaker Cable also has a heavy duty molded plastic connector at each end of the cable which reinforces the jack, and that reduces the likelihood of damage to the connector, which not only prolongs the life of the cable, but assists in making a tight and solid connection between the speaker cabinet and the musical instrument amplifier. Since I have just referred to the life of the cable, this would be a good place to mention that Monster Cable Speaker Cables have a lifetime warranty, so if your speaker cable ever stops working correctly, you can always trade it in for a new one. That is certainly a very good deal, as it means you will never have to spring for a new cable again. That is a very important feature of this Monster Speaker Cable, as good speaker cables are quite expensive to keep replacing over the years.
I have had a couple of different Monster speaker cables that I have used for a couple of years, and I have not encountered any problems, which of course means that I have not had to replace them, even though doing so would of course be free. Of course it helps to also treat all musical equipment, even speaker cables with respect.
Well, I would like to thank you for taking the time to read my review, but now if you will excuse me, I must get back to my practicing.