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

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

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

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Product Highlights

  • 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
UPC: 068888896696
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Pyle Pro PCT-40 12-in-1 Audio Cable Tester
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    Pyle Pro PCT-40 specs

    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 2.05 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 9.0 x 6.3 x 3.2"

    Pyle Pro PCT-40 reviews

    PCT-40 12-in-1 Audio Cable Tester is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 45.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Can't beat it for the price! The PCT-40 I received differs slightly from the pictures here -- my side mounted speakon and XLR jacks are flush to the metal case, RCAs are longer, 1/4 TRS hardware is metal, and my battery box cover is metal w/ phillips screw retainer and on bottom of the unit. It arrived covered in QC stickers and fully functional (although I have no speakon 8P or DIN > 5P to test with). Nothing substantive, but it is noticeable that there was a hardware revision. The unit itself is durable and simple, use is intuitive (I found the instructions silkscreened on the unit to be perfectly adequate), the jacks are reasonable quality. My only complaints are that accessing the battery hatch on the unit I received is a bit of a struggle and requires at least two tools - phillips driver and something to pry the cover off - and the two USB A female ports mean you need unusual adapters to test most USB cables (would a female USB B jack have been too much to ask?) Overall, works as promised and it is significantly less expensive than similar units from other manufacturers.
    Date published: 2016-05-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love it I use this item in a industrial and non industrial areas. I work for a local city and use this for test all wires that are of age and even new ones. I make the repairs to everything from cable tv to audio in our ice rink. The DPW yard has security things that are tested when they act up. I let this on the ground to get a cable for a build and a folk lift ran over it. IT STILL WORKS! I bought this as an upgrade to a different tester so i found it easy to use. I also like the USB feature on the item. It helped me find a problem.
    Date published: 2011-05-18
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice Pyle Driver! Solidly built, and simple. Allows easy testing of the usual types of audio interfaces with the exception of 1/8 T.R.S., so I need to keep adaptors handy for those. It doesn't automatically display a connection map, but allows wiggle testing for intermittent shorts/opens. I first used one with a church tech team, and I have been recommending it to others before I finally bought my own. I like the function that senses a connection from an XLR pin-1 to the shell which by Audio Engineering Society standard should not be done.
    Date published: 2016-06-28
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Works great and is reasonably priced. I was looking for a cable tester and came across this unit while doing a google search. I purchased it because of the large number of different cables it could test and the reasonable price. It works great and the build is solid. It's a time saver in the studio. My only problem with the unit is that there's the wrong end connector for USB. Most USB cables have a slim end on one side and a more square boxy end on the other(forgive my ignorance for not knowing the proper name.) This cable tester has two slim ends and I don't have a single USB cable that has two slim ends. This seems to be an oversight in the design. It's definitely not a deal breaker because I really don't need to test USB cables all that often. I mostly use it for XLR, 1/4', RCA, MIDI and Speakon cables. It handles these tasks very well. I have recommended this unit to friends and it has definitely been a very useful addition to my studio. If the USB issue was fixed I'd give it 5 stars. I'd give it 4 1/2 if I could.
    Date published: 2010-11-06
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from PCT-40 Battery Compartment Problem I bought this cable continuity checker to locate problems with various audio cables, especially XLR. The battery compartment door was stuck and I could not insert a 9 volt. The paint either had not dried prior to packaging the unit, or the door was not properly designed for the opening. After contacting Pyle, I decided to break the door open by using a nail driver and hammer. It worked but the appearance and integrity of the unit is ruined. Poor quality control in my opinion.
    Date published: 2016-07-08
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from 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 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.
    Date published: 2011-04-14
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from good. Butnot the same as photo The tester goes great, but it is not the same reference product as they show in the photo. please change that.
    Date published: 2016-07-02
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from 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 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.
    Date published: 2010-10-03
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