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!

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This is a great article.  Alot of people dont even consider  when they buy  microphone cables the quality of the cables or connectors.   As the article states this is one of the most important accessories  that you can have and need.  

I have not been familiar with pearstone  but after reading this article  i am going to check them out.


Equally important as shielding, is rejection of the unwanted signals which make it through the shielding.

The principal of twisted pairs of wires in audio cables was discovered many years ago but did not become widely available commercially in the U.S. until the early 70's with  "Star Quad" audio cables, imported from Japan.   Each signal in the audio path is carried along two separate wires, twisted around each other, which are connected to a single pin each at the XLR connectors on each end of the cable.  A "star quad" XLR audio cable will have two blue wires twisted around each other and two white wires twisted around each other, and a shield.  Each of the paired wires is soldered to a single pin of the XLR connector at each end of the cable and the shield is soldered to the ground pin at each end. Interference received simultaneously on identical signal paths which are out of phase with each other physically, due to their twisted orientation to each other, will cancel itself out before it gets into the input stage of audio equipment.  In a high-RF interference environment, the difference between the "star quad" type of cable and a standard cable is readily demonstrable and is audible.

Finding the right cable is hard.

Finding an uncomon cable like a mini-XLR (3-pin) can be harder still as it's also can be listed as a TA3 (3-pin).

I've found cables listed both ways at B&H but never together. Some pictures look to be a mini-xlr/TA3 but not listed as such.

I love B&H, but I do wish it was easier to search for the little things.