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timpratt
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 05, 2015 5:08 pm    Post subject: Snake length? Reply with quote

I'm ordering new fan snakes for adding more patchbays. Getting them through Seismic Audio, who seem to have good bang for the buck cabling that has nice gold tipped ends which are easy to fix or modify (ie replace XLR-M end to XLR-F, etc).

Most of my cabling only needs to be 3-5ft, but I am wondering about moving equipment in the future, and adding more equipment as well. My question is should I get the 5ft cabling, or spend the extra $5-9 and get 10ft cables. Will there be a drastic loss in signal quality? Again, this isn't Mogami, but I know every little "edge" helps in squeezing out the best in audio.

What would you do? Anyone ever have to deal with this?

Thank you for the help!
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 06, 2015 9:40 am    Post subject: Re: Snake length? Reply with quote

I don't think you'd be able to notice any effect, even with 600ohm outputs. But, it's not hard to calculate if you can find a specification for the cable's capacitance.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 06, 2015 3:28 pm    Post subject: Re: Snake length? Reply with quote

Seems kinda like a personal question ...



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 13, 2015 11:23 am    Post subject: Re: Snake length? Reply with quote

i would get the extra length. In my experience, as soon as you get all your cabling just right and nice and neat, you find you need to move something , and every cable is about a foot too short.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 16, 2015 10:01 am    Post subject: Re: Snake length? Reply with quote

Yes, err on the side of more than you need. Tough to make them longer, easy to zip tie up any excess.

You won't run into any signal loss until you start hitting 100+ foot lengths.

The mogami name doesn't have ANYTHING to do with the quality of the wire, just the jacket.

Plenty of wire hits the same quality benchmarks. Mogami is just a proprietary jacketing material that's easy to cut. Nothing magic in their wire.
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