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Pyle Pro PCT-40 12-in-1 Audio Cable Tester

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Pyle Pro PCT-40 12-in-1 Audio Cable Tester

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  • Quick, Convenient Operation
  • Selector Switch
  • LED Indicators
  • 9V Battery Operation
  • Rugged Metal Construction
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The PCT-40 from Pyle-Pro is a professional-quality audio cable tester that allows you to test a variety of cables with a single device. The unit can test cables with a combination of USB, 1/4" TRS, 3-Pin XLR Male and Female, 5-Pin XLR, RCA Phono, 4-Pin Speakon, 4-Pin S-Type, 3-Pin Din, 5-Pin Din, 8-Pin Din, and RJ-45 connectors.

The tester has an 8-way switch allowing you to make quick cable selections. LED indicators confirm each conductor's continuity and connection, as well as battery and ground connection status. The rugged metal housing is designed for a long life of professional use. The unit operates on a standard 9V battery.

Rugged metal housing is designed for a long life of professional use
Tests cables with a combination of USB, 1/4" TRS, 3-Pin XLR Male and Female, 5-Pin XLR, RCA Phono, 4-Pin Speakon, 4-Pin S-Type, 3-Pin Din, 5-Pin Din, 8-Pin Din, and RJ-45 connectors
8-way switch allows you to make quick cable selections
Uses a standard 9V battery
LED indicators confirm each conductor's continuity and connection, as well as battery and ground connection status
Pyle Pro PCT-40 12-in-1 Audio Cable Tester
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
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    Pyle ProPCT-40 12-in-1 Audio Cable Tester
     
    4.5

    (based on 31 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (18)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (11)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    96%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Versatile (23)
    • Easy to use (16)
    • Professional features (10)
    • Reliable (7)
    • Consistent (6)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Outdoor events / games (15)
      • Performances (15)
      • Professional recording (12)
      • Home studio (11)
      • Pro audio / DJ / mixing (10)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Experienced (17), Power user (5), Enthusiast (3), Professional musician (3)
        • Primary use:
        • Business (5), Personal (4)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (7)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Built like a tank

      Very useful cable tester. Kind of large but better heavy than have it grow legs. I would pay extra for accessories such as banana plug test leads. I love the USB connector but...Read complete review

      Very useful cable tester. Kind of large but better heavy than have it grow legs. I would pay extra for accessories such as banana plug test leads. I love the USB connector but had to buy an adapter to turn one side to USB B male. I know of no USB connectors with USB type A on both ends. Also wish it had a 1/8th inch TRS and 4 conductor TRRS testing jacks. One other accessory that would be nice is an Edison adapter to test regular 110 v. extension cords.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Solid Product, Not So Solid Instructions

      The Pyle PCT-40 12 in 1 audio cable tester is a solid product - holding it in your hand, you get the feeling that it can withstand some abuse. The yellow metal casing...Read complete review

      The Pyle PCT-40 12 in 1 audio cable tester is a solid product - holding it in your hand, you get the feeling that it can withstand some abuse. The yellow metal casing encloses a truly impressive amount of possibilities. You can test 12 commonly used cable types, making this tester very helpful and a great bargain.

      The biggest problem is interpreting the readings. Not that they aren't immediately obvious to the eye, because there they are, big and bright on the face of the unit. The issue is that the instructions (printed on the back of the box) don't clearly explain what you should look for when testing a cable. Yes, there is a listing of the combinations, but they aren't written in clear English - for some users, they will require serious brain-bending to figure out. I'd recommend that Pyle update their instructions, using color illustrations to clearly describe a good or bad test result for each cable type.

      The Pyle PCT-40 cable tester looks and feels terrific, and it delivers accurate results. The problem is the long learning curve needed to understand the different result combinations.

      Reviewed by 31 customers

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      5.0

      Cable Tester

      By Nunya

      from My place

      Comments about Pyle Pro PCT-40 12-in-1 Audio Cable Tester:

      Works great! Great purchase!

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      1.0

      Just Okay

      By R

      from PHX

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

        • Hard To Use
        • Not Consistent

        Best Uses

          Comments about Pyle Pro PCT-40 12-in-1 Audio Cable Tester:

          Yes, this thing works as a cable tester, however it is just a poorly overall designed product.The first thing you need to do when you receive this is put a battery in it, and this is where you will find your first problem. It's made for the masses and it shows. It is so difficult to get a 9V battery in there w/o breaking anything which was what happened on my first attempt. The little plastic battery tray is such a tight and poor design; and a Energizer lithium ion battery won't fit. Only older style more rounded 9V batteries work.A frustrating piece. In my opinion the battery deal is huge, bc you often find most production trucks carry Energizer lithium ions, and it can be tough to get different materials when you are stuck on site or in the compound.Been through two of these tester, same sloppy issue. Other reviews note the poor $ charge to warranty your tester.

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          4.0

          Fine product made with cheap materials

          By M

          from Washington, DC

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Events
              • Home Studio
              • Mobile DJ
              • Performances
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about Pyle Pro PCT-40 12-in-1 Audio Cable Tester:

              The second I took this out of the box and opened up the battery compartment to insert a 9V battery, it broke. The little piece of plastic meant to hold the battery against the terminals snapped clean off. The ironic thing was that it had a little "QC Tested" sticker right on the part that broke, rendering the entire product useless. Determined to get my money's worth, I cut a little piece of foam from the box that it came in, and wedged it into the bottom of the battery compartment, then installed the battery. The foam holds it in place probably better than the plastic would have. That being done, I have tested the product and all of the line testing points are functional, and seem sturdy. I was going to return this because of the battery compartment failure, but decided that at the $ price tag, it was worth it, especially since my DIY fix worked so well.

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              4.0

              Useful

              By MA Recordist

              from Boston

              About Me Professional Musician

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Professional Features
              • Versatile

              Cons

              • Wears Over Time

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Events
              • Home Studio
              • Mobile DJ
              • Performances
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about Pyle Pro PCT-40 12-in-1 Audio Cable Tester:

              Nice color - you won't lose it! Although it is well made on the outside I managed to break part of the internal battery holder that helps to lock the 9v battery. Challenge to put the battery in! Plastic is not strong & doesn't like to be flexed at all. Still useable but the battery is not as well seated as it could be.

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              5.0

              Good product delivered on time.

              By Mike

              from Chicago

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Events
                • Home Studio
                • Performances
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Pyle Pro PCT-40 12-in-1 Audio Cable Tester:

                I make all my own cables for my sound business. This tester does just what promises. It is very ruggedly built. It was physically larger than I expected and I wish they would add a couple 1/8" TRS jacks to the tester. Many devices still use these connectors. I expect this tester to out live me. It was delivered on time and in perfect condition.

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                4.0

                EXCELLENT PRODUCT

                By Eclipse Lighting, LLC

                from Boulder, CO

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent
                • Easy To Use
                • Professional Features
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Tech

                  Comments about Pyle Pro PCT-40 12-in-1 Audio Cable Tester:

                  Great piece of equipment for the price

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                  5.0

                  Good, quality product!

                  By BWE

                  from Arkansas

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Professional Features
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Events
                    • Performances
                    • Professional Recording

                    Comments about Pyle Pro PCT-40 12-in-1 Audio Cable Tester:

                    Good quality construction. Works as advertised.

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                    5.0

                    Very versatile tester.

                    By fredley

                    from Seymour, WI

                    About Me Experienced

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Test Cables In Live Setup

                      Comments about Pyle Pro PCT-40 12-in-1 Audio Cable Tester:

                      Works nicely for testing a variety of audio cables. Best of all, it can test blended cables, for example a cable with 1/4 inch connector on one end and RCA on the other end.

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                      5.0

                      Great Multi use Tester

                      By Randy

                      from Columbia, TN

                      About Me Experienced

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Professional Features
                      • Versatile

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Amateur Recording
                        • Events
                        • Home Studio
                        • Mobile DJ
                        • Performances
                        • Professional Recording

                        Comments about Pyle Pro PCT-40 12-in-1 Audio Cable Tester:

                        Great little tester, Built like a tank with lots of options for testing many types of plugs. Will be a ton of help with my live sound rig troubleshooting plugs and cables. Best $[$]I've spent in a long time.

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                        5.0

                        Great Multi use Tester

                        By Randy

                        from Columbia, TN

                        About Me Experienced

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Professional Features
                        • Versatile

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Amateur Recording
                          • Events
                          • Home Studio
                          • Mobile DJ
                          • Performances
                          • Professional Recording

                          Comments about Pyle Pro PCT-40 12-in-1 Audio Cable Tester:

                          Great little cable teaster, Built like a tank and offers many, many options for cables and plugs to be tested. Its already a welcome addition to my live sound maintenance and troubleshooting. Best $ I've spent in a long time.

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                          5.0

                          Great device

                          By Georgia Musician

                          from Powder Springs, GA

                          About Me Experienced

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Versatile

                          Cons

                          • Relatively Big

                          Best Uses

                          • Amateur Recording
                          • Events
                          • Home Studio
                          • Mobile DJ
                          • Performances
                          • Professional Recording

                          Comments about Pyle Pro PCT-40 12-in-1 Audio Cable Tester:

                          I use this in my audio/video work. It has a lot of options for testing cables that aren't even in my arsenal. It's very straight forward to use. Now I can feel comfortable that I can identify faulty cables and cut out a lot of wasted time. It is larger and heavier than I had envisioned, but hey, it checks out a lot of cable types. You will need two 1/8" female to 1/4" male plugs to test mini stereo cables.

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                          4.0

                          Very nice

                          By richief

                          from Catskill, NY

                          About Me Professional Musician

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Excellent Sound

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Amateur Recording
                            • Events
                            • Home Studio
                            • Performances

                            Comments about Pyle Pro PCT-40 12-in-1 Audio Cable Tester:

                            works great, no problems yet!!

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                            4.0

                            Pyle Pro PST-40 Cable Test

                            By Video Jockey

                            from Phoenix, AZ

                            About Me Experienced

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use

                            Cons

                            • Circuitry Not Great

                            Best Uses

                            • Events

                            Comments about Pyle Pro PCT-40 12-in-1 Audio Cable Tester:

                            Pretty easy to use and does just what it should. Would be 5 stars except that both units (I exchanged the first) had a short in the selector dial that required the operator to hold in place to get the reading. The second unit had a similar short but was less of an issue. It is adequate for the price.

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                            5.0

                            Very Usefull

                            By Plebrun

                            from Toronto, On

                            About Me Experienced

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Consistent
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Excellent Sound
                            • Professional Features
                            • Versatile

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Amateur Recording
                              • Events
                              • Home Studio
                              • Mobile DJ
                              • Performances
                              • Professional Recording

                              Comments about Pyle Pro PCT-40 12-in-1 Audio Cable Tester:

                              This tester is the best tester that I have ever bought

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                              5.0

                              Great Product

                              By Dave the Hot Bladder

                              from Canada

                              About Me Experienced

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Consistent
                              • Easy To Use
                              • Professional Features
                              • Versatile

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Amateur Recording
                                • Events
                                • Home Studio
                                • Mobile DJ
                                • Performances
                                • Professional Recording

                                Comments about Pyle Pro PCT-40 12-in-1 Audio Cable Tester:

                                This thing works great. It looks sturdy and packs a lot at this size. I tend to use more and more Pyle Pro products, because they are generally speaking the best bang for the buck at their price range.

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                                5.0

                                Great tester easy to use A+

                                By Q108 FM

                                from Odessa, TX

                                About Me Experienced

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about Pyle Pro PCT-40 12-in-1 Audio Cable Tester:

                                      I work in broadcast FM radio and this tester is a must have. Easily locate problems with all kinds of wiring. Highly recommended!'

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                                      5.0

                                      PYLE PCT-40 AUDIO CABLE TESTER

                                      By goatroper

                                      from Taunton, MA

                                      About Me Professional Musician

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Consistent
                                      • Easy To Use
                                      • Professional Features
                                      • Versatile

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Events
                                        • Performances

                                        Comments about Pyle Pro PCT-40 12-in-1 Audio Cable Tester:

                                        Before every show , I'll take cables that gave me problems at my last show, test them, repair them and I've already saved $$$ on replacement cables.

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                                        4.0

                                        Pyle Pro PCT-40 Audio Cable Tester.

                                        By Musical Dreamer

                                        from Salt Lake City, UT

                                        About Me Experienced

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Easy To Use
                                        • Solid Quality
                                        • Versatile

                                        Cons

                                        • Poorly Written Manual

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Events
                                        • Home Studio
                                        • Performances

                                        Comments about Pyle Pro PCT-40 12-in-1 Audio Cable Tester:

                                        I bought this to test all of the different types of cable that I use in my home recording studio. It works very well once you understand how to use it. The manual that comes with it is not well written and can be hard to understand. The best way to see how to use it is to find a video on line and watch it. Box seems to be solid and well built and I like being able to test several different types of cables with the same tester.

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                                        4.0

                                        Excellent value for the $$$$

                                        By Paul

                                        from Arlington, VA

                                        About Me Experienced

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Easy To Use
                                        • Versatile

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Events
                                          • Performances
                                          • Professional Recording

                                          Comments about Pyle Pro PCT-40 12-in-1 Audio Cable Tester:

                                          A lot of tester for the money! Does everything I need it to, has already saved me time and money.

                                          Not the best in fit and finish, the battery door was a bit wonky and may not last many battery changes. A piece of gaffer's tape may be the new battery cover before long.

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                                          4.0

                                          Well built

                                          By Mrowl459

                                          from Jacksonville, FL

                                          About Me Novice

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Consistent
                                          • Easy To Use
                                          • Well built quality

                                          Cons

                                          • Only one end of a USB con
                                          • Poor instructions

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Church audio
                                          • Home Studio
                                          • Mobile DJ

                                          Comments about Pyle Pro PCT-40 12-in-1 Audio Cable Tester:

                                          I use the PCT-40 to test XLR and 1/4" TRS cables for a small portable sound setup for our church. This is the first cable tester I have ever owned. Out of the box it worked well. Very solid metal housing and construction. Wish it gave more thorough instructions and explanation of what the lights mean (some interference or no interference).

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