MONSTER CABLE STANDARD 100 SPEAKER CABLE 6 FEET
If you are a person who is serious about the sound of your musical equipment, and about preserving the integrity of your equipment, it is essential that you use the proper electrical connections in order to achieve these goals. There are very few companies that make musical equipment accessories, such as speaker cables or wires, that have as good a reputation for quality and durability as Monster Cable. Today I am going to be reviewing the Monster Cable Standard 100 Speaker Cable, 6 Feet. Read on and see if this speaker cable sounds like something that you should consider purchasing for yourself the next time you are visiting your local musical instrument store or better electronics dealer.
When I was much younger and first starting out in the music business as a young musician I assumed that if a guitar or bass extension cabinet accepted quarter inch plugs, then it was perfectly acceptable to use a simple standard guitar cable or other musical instrument cable to connect the output of a guitar or bass amp to the input of a speaker cabinet. It was not until I began my apprenticeship in a recording studio that I learned that I was making a serious, but all too common error when I was attempting to hook up a musical instrument speaker cabinet to a musical instrument amplifier.
Regardless of their external similarities in appearance, there are very major differences between musical instrument cables and speaker cables. There are differences in shielding, wire core size, wire design, and impedance handling capacity to just name a few. To keep it simple, a musical instrument cable is designed to handle low power and high impedance, and a speaker cable is meant to do just the opposite. Remember the electronic signal from your guitar, bass, or similar electronic musical instrument is a weak signal that is meant to be amplified or boosted by the amplifier that you plug it into. On the other hand the electronic signal coming from a musical instrument amplifier is a strong current and higher voltage. Thus the design of a speaker cable is by necessity different than that of a musical instrument cable.
The Monster Cable Standard S-100 ¼ Inch to ¼ Inch Speaker Cable is specifically designed to carry the powerful signal from your musical instrument amplifier to your speaker cabinet. The cable is made with 16 gauge wire and a special Magnetic Flux Tube to insure that the signal reaching your speaker cabinet is relatively free from distortion and electromagnetic interference, and which also produces a clear sound, which is designed to reproduce the high and low frequencies with punch and clarity.
In discussing the Monster Cable Standard S-100 it is important to keep in mind that although this cable is priced rather high at $14.95 for a six foot cable, it is considered to be an entry level speaker cable. A Monster Cable Studio Pro 1000 Speaker Cable would set you back about 3 times this amount. However, for most live situations, I personally do not think that the average musician requires a studio quality speaker cable, but then if you can afford it, you just might want to go for it. Personally, I am content with the Monster Cable Standard S-100 for live gigs. One of the best features of a Monster Cable product such as the Monster Cable Standard S-100 speaker cable is that they come with a lifetime guarantee. That can be very important to a gigging musician, especially when one considers that not everyone is as respectful and careful as they should be regarding how they treat speaker cables. It is a good feeling to know that if your Monster Cable Standard S-100 Speaker Cable is starting to fail, that you can replace it for free and get a new one.
To summarize, it is very important to use a cable that is designed to be used as a speaker cable to connect your musical instrument amp to your musical instrument speaker cabinet. If one uses a standard musical instrument cable for this purpose, there is the chance that some of the power from the amp will be converted into heat and never reach the speakers. This is even more likely to occur the more powerful your amplifier is, and the likelihood of a distorted signal is greatly increased, which will not only result in a loss of clarity in your sound, but which will also result in your speaker cabinet sounding less loud than it is capable of. There is even the potential danger of damage occurring to your musical instrument cable and even to your amplifier if you use a cheap musical instrument cable instead of a good speaker cable to carry the signal from your amplifier to your speaker cabinet, as the speaker cable could potentially heat up and cause either or both to fail. Simply put, use a musical instrument cable to connect your musical instruments to your amp, and only use a speaker cable to connect your amplifier to your speaker cabinet. I have used different speaker cables over the years, and the Monster Cable Standard S-100 ¼ Inch to ¼ Inch Speaker Cable is certainly one that I personally trust and use in most circumstances.
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.
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