Pearstone XLRs: Better Cables, Lower Prices
A good XLR cable is one of the most essential accessories on the planet. Even though you may use them regularly, you still may not be sure what to look for when buying a new one. Pearstone recently unveiled a new line of XLR cables that offer a high level of quality at a surprisingly budget-friendly price. In this post I'll show you what to look for when choosing an XLR cable.
When I shop for XLR cables, the first thing I always look for are quality connectors. Cable connectors are usually manufactured by different companies than the wire itself. If I can't find a brand name on the connector, a red flag goes up. However, if I can identify that a connector was made by a brand I trust, then the cable has passed the first test. The new Pearstone XLR cables all feature Neutrik connectors, which are among the most highly regarded in the industry.
The next thing I check out is the feel of the wire itself. A good XLR cable is nice and flexible, without being flimsy. You can usually tell if a cable is well made just by feeling it. The new Pearstone XLR cables pass this test with flying colors (even though they're all jet black). They've got the flexibility you need without feeling fragile. It's important because you often have to wrap cables on stands and weave them around obstacles. They need to be tough, yet agile.
Shielding is another important factor. The last thing that you want is for your audio cables to act as large radio antennas, picking up static and unwanted noise. The 98% densely braided copper shielding used on the new Pearstone XLRs excel in this area.
Prices for audio cables range from dirt cheap to wildly expensive. I don't often spend exorbitant amounts of money on cabling. I usually do my best to determine which cable will provide excellent audio and years of service, while still toting a very reasonable price tag. The new Pearstone XLR cables take the crown as the best option in this regard. I'm unconvinced that "good, better and best" exists in audio cables. The new Pearstone XLR cables are good and better, while the best requires you to part with the brunt of your life savings in order to purchase them.
The new Pearstone XLR cables are available in a wide range of lengths to suit your needs: 1.5 feet, 3 feet, 6 feet, 10 feet, 15 feet, 20 feet, 25 feet, 30 feet, 50 feet and 100 feet. Right-angle versions of some of these cables should be arriving shortly as well.
Do you have any additional tips for what to look for when selecting cables? If so, we'd love to hear about it in the Comments section of this post!