#1
I was reading about Monster cables and they say they give a low end that some bass cables cut out or something. Can cables actually effect that? Is a higher quality cable worth it for the sound?
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#2
Cables make a HUGE difference. It doesn't sound like a big deal but it truly can save tone in many ways.
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#3
Durabillity is what you pay for. I asked my teacher about this once. He said that cables seldomly affect your sound. Though there are different opinions about it. Some people say coiled cables have a higher latency but this seems highly unlikely.
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#4
I tried a 5€ cable vs a 30€ one. The only difference was more buzzing with the cheap one. No tone loss.
#5
The only thing that matters is the cable's impedance, which is mostly determined by the length. A ten-foot Radio Shack cable will sound better than a twenty-foot Mogami. At the same length, it's possible that the most sensitive audiophiles might notice a difference, but it's unlikely. Frankly, the placebo effect is much stronger--the only time somebody will be able to identify a good cable from a bad one by tone is if they've been told which one is good.

I do think Monster cables are worth the money, because every other brand of cable I've used has broken at the jack. My Monster cables have never broken.

EDIT: coily cables cut a little bit of high end because A: they're much longer than they look and B: any coiled wire has weird impedance issues going on.
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#6
There's a huge discussion about cables making any difference at all, so I suggest you try some out and choose the ones you like best.
#7
It's a digital signal, it's not as if a crappy cable will send the signal worse than the $50 cable, there's no difference. However, the companies want to convince you there is a difference just so you spend more money on the same thing. The only thing you should base your purchase is on durability.
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#8
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It's a digital signal, it's not as if a crappy cable will send the signal worse than the $50 cable, there's no difference. However, the companies want to convince you there is a difference just so you spend more money on the same thing. The only thing you should base your purchase is on durability.


Ummm... what? The signal coming out of your bass and out of your amp are analogue. Unless you're using a MIDI output or so.

Plus digital signals are affected by cabling- reducing jitter, mainly.
#9
Ah, sorry, I'm stupid and assumed they worked just like tv and monitor cables, my bad.

I still don't think more expensive cables make tonal difference though.
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#10
I'll try to sum it up here, because you're getting a lot of mixed opinions.

Even if a $300 monster cable gave you 100% perfect best signal in the world, I'm assuming you aren't using a top of the range bass, into a top of the range amp, through perfect effects into a top of the range P.A.

It's not going to make a noticeable difference how much you spend on a cable.
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#11
Alright thanks guys. I still might get a couple Monster cables just for durability sake.
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#12
I had a guitar player in my band once who told me that It made a difference which direction the signal traveled through the cord,he would mark the ends of his cords and always plug the same end into his amp and the other into his guitar.Dude has issues.
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