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SOLD, all gone! Speaker cables, Neutrik vs Jack

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I have let all my good, OBBM Neutrik to Neutrik speaker cables go with amps and cabs I have sold a while back. I'm left with 2 or 3 heavy duty OBBM 'Rock-Wire' Neutric to jack cables and a skinny generic double Neutrik lead.

I'm thinking that now I've got a rig together again I need to invest in a pair of decent double Neutrik ended cables from Dave and put the others up for sale.

But, aren't the ones with the jack on one end just as good? Is there any real advantage to Neutrik connectors over a simple jack on the cab end, given that movement isn't an issue?

Peter

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But seriously I use Speakons over 1/4" jacks, they're more secure and robust which is what I want with cables carrying a signal from an amp. I've met tons of people who use the cheapest junk speaker leads with flimsy 1/4" jacks though, I bought various used Obbm Speakon cables off here ages ago and it was a good investment.

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Thanks. I chatted with Dave on this. My Jacks are Neutrik ones but he reckons that much above 100 watts means that Neutrik are better at transmitting the power.

So I'm saving, and my old cables will be up for sale soon :)

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I thought you meant Speakons or Jacks, for speaker leads I always go Speakon connectors.

 

Even though I no longer use an amp for gigging I kept all my obbm cables, just in case!

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OBBM is correct. As you cannot guarantee the current carrying rating of a jack plug/socket combination, best stick to speakons above 100watts. 
 

 

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Yep go speakons.

Its very easy to chop the end off the jack, strip the wire a bit and make a speakon-vids all over you tube on how to do it.

Job done 

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https://www.mouser.com/pdfdocs/CAT-AUDIO-Plugs.pdf

Jacks are rated at 10Amps.

I use both Jack & Speakon connectors for speaker cables.

The most important detail is the cable clamping on Jacks for speaker cables. The thicker speaker wires take more soldering expertise and I always insulate between the live and return lugs with a small strip of insulation tape on Jacks.

I choose Speakon over Jacks as they are I think  more robust. They are easier to make up too.

Tripping over a speaker cable on stage could topple the speaker with Speakon cables. With Jacks it just pulls the jack out. That's the only disadvantage with Speakons so I try to leave some slack and tape down the cables which one should do anyway, H&S and all that.

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On 09/11/2019 at 12:55, grandad said:

https://www.mouser.com/pdfdocs/CAT-AUDIO-Plugs.pdf

Jacks are rated at 10Amps.

I use both Jack & Speakon connectors for speaker cables.

The most important detail is the cable clamping on Jacks for speaker cables. The thicker speaker wires take more soldering expertise and I always insulate between the live and return lugs with a small strip of insulation tape on Jacks.

I choose Speakon over Jacks as the are I think they are more robust. They are easier to make up too.

Tripping over a speaker cable on stage could topple the speaker with Speakon cables. With Jacks it just pulls the jack out. That's the only disadvantage with Speakons so I try to leave some slack and tape down the cables which one should do anyway, H&S and all that.

I do agree but the thing is that all Speakons are rated at 20 amps whereas some jacks are rated at 500mA. Also it is almost impossible to short circuit a Speakon whereas a Jack is easy.

If electric guitars were invented now, no one would consider using jacks for either speakers or instruments. 

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