MONSTER CABLE PERFORMER 500 SPEAKER CABLE 20 FOOT SPEAKER CABLE (600241)
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If you are in the market for a really good speaker cable for your guitar, bass, keyboard, etc., amp rig, there are plenty of adequate choices in the market place today. However, if you are looking for a really great speaker cable, that is suitable for professional use, such as in a home studio or semi professional to professional setting, there are few choices that would be better than using the Monster P-500 Performer Speaker Cable. Monster makes a number of really great electrical devices besides speaker cables, and I have used a number of their products over the years, and I am very pleased with most of them. Read on and see if you feel that this particular speaker cable might be a suitable choice to meet your specific speaker cable needs.
Since price is always an important consideration when considering any purchase, I feel that this would be a good place to start this review. The Monster Cable Perform 500 Speaker Cable, 20 foot length has a list price of $54.95, and even on sale, it will set you back about $36.95. I don’t know about you, but personally I feel this is quite a lot to pay for a cable that is only 20 feet long. On the other hand, I have always felt that in this world one usually gets what they are willing to pay for. In this case, you are paying a premium price, but you are also getting a truly premium product.
For those of you who may be new to the world of speaker cables, and may be musicians who are just used to purchasing or using musical instrument cables, it is important to recognize that a speaker cable and an instrument cable are very different things. 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, or to be more precise, a speaker cable is meant to handle high power and low impedance. 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 stronger 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 Performer 500 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 14 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. The means a brighter high end, clearer mids, and a full rich bass. The 14 gauge wire is really a nice feature, as it carries the signal from your amp to your speakers with less loss of signal. To those of you who may not be aware, the gauge of a number of lower quality speaker cables is often a higher number than that of the Monster Cable Performer 500. Is that important? You better believe that it is. Simply, put the lower the number of the gauge, the lower the resistance. Many lower quality speaker cables have wire gauges that are 18, 20 to even 22 gauge. The Monster Cable Performer 500 has 14 gauge wire. Typically at 8 Ohms, one could have a speaker wire that was as long as 80 feet before there would be a noticeable degradation in sound when using 14 gauge wire. At 20 feet in length and with a gauge of 14, this speaker cable is more than adequate for most semi professional and professional use. The use of 24K gold platted connectors is icing on the sonic cake.
If you are using inexpensive or lower quality speaker cables, such as 22 gauge wire with standard jacks, and you were to do a side by side comparison using Monster Performer 500 Speaker Cable with 14 gauge wire and 24k gold platted connectors, I can say with a high level of confidence that you will hear the difference. The transmission of power to your speakers from your amp, will be noticeable, and you will be impressed. I will admit it, that I was not a believer that there would be an audible difference. When I was younger and less experienced it was my belief that you would probably only see the difference on some type of audio sensing device, or maybe an oscilloscope, and that your ears would probably not register a difference. I was wrong. You really can hear the difference. You owe it to yourself to go to a good musical instrument store and ask to be permitted to do a side by side comparison between a standard inexpensive speaker cable and the higher quality Monster Performer 500 speaker cable. With an inexpensive, lower quality speaker cable, 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. I think that you will hear the difference. The sound will be clearer, punchier, louder, and more precise with the Monster Performer 500 Speaker Cable.
Another desirable feature is that the Monster Performer 500 Speaker Cable also offers some protection from EMI/RFI noise and interference. To those of you who may be new to the world of electronics, RFI stands for Radio Frequency Interference and EMI stands for Electromagnetic Interference. Electrical current can be contaminated by difference sources of noise such as from AC power lines, electric motors such as fans, or air conditioning units and the like. The longer a speaker cable is, the more likely it is to pick up unwanted electronic artifacts. I very well remember routinely hearing faint radio broadcast coming from one of my old guitar amps on a number of occasions when I lived in an apartment years ago in a large city. The manufacturing process of the Monster Performer 500 Speaker Cable takes into consideration the potential detrimental effects of EMI/RFI noise and interference and offers some filtering or shielding against EMI/RFI noise, which will reduce the effects of some of these troublesome electronic artifacts, giving you clearer and better sound quality though your speakers.
In my studio, I use the Monster Performer 500 Speaker Cable to connect amplifier heads to various speaker cabinets, and I typically use 3 to 6 foot lengths, depending on the specific gear that I am connecting. I use the 20 foot cables to connect the amplifier that is connected to my sound board to my large monitor speakers for mix down purposes. There really is a noticeable difference in sound between the Monster Performer 500 Speaker Cable and less well made speaker cable. In my opinion, there really is a noticeable difference between the wound quality that I get out of Monster Performer 500 Speaker Cable, and that which I could expect to get from a lower quality product.
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.