B.L.U.E. mic cables...?
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27th September 2004
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B.L.U.E. mic cables...?

Can anyone give me the lowdown on the quality of B.L.U.E. mic cables? Are they good?

And what is the difference between the Blueberry, Kiwi and Cranberry cables other than the color?

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Thanks for the link.

I just picked up six of them (brand-new) off Ebay for $76, $12.67 ea.

I figure that's an okay deal. I already had one which came with a Baby Bottle.
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[B]$12.67 ea.
That ain't bad!
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...Prol'y 'bout what their worth....


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...Prol'y 'bout what their worth....


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So, I assume you don't think much of them...?
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So, I assume you don't think much of them...?
I pay about 30-35 cents per foot for Canare starquad cable. I pay $2/ea for switchcraft connectors (but they aren't that pretty gold color). So if you got good cable and good connectors in the bag, you probably got the assembly for about $3. You didn't pay a premium for the B.L.U.E. name.

They're not worth the $55 list price - That's how I interpreted the comment.
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The blueberry is a decent cable, can usually be found under $20.

Plus, they're blue.
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PMI audio is coming out with a high perfomance Tube mic cable soon
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I have a Blueberry cable around somewhere. It doesn't coil too easily...sounds ok. Then again, so do the $15 CBI cables.
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I pay about 30-35 cents per foot for Canare starquad cable. I pay $2/ea for switchcraft connectors (but they aren't that pretty gold color). .
The pretty gold plating also adds thickness to the plug which means it doesn't fit in all sockets. The one that I was given sits in my pile of busted and/or crappy sounding cables that I don't use but I'm too cheap to throw out.
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Oh, come on:

Be cheap!!
Throw it to Norway

But seriously, this has also a psychological aspect,
like with i.e. Mogami/Mosses&Mitchell p-bays, Apogee Big Ben clock, it looks and feels solid.
And sometimes, you just can't beat the feelin'





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The pretty gold plating also adds thickness to the plug which means it doesn't fit in all sockets. The one that I was given sits in my pile of busted and/or crappy sounding cables that I don't use but I'm too cheap to throw out.
I'll give you $5 for it, $7 shipped.

Let me know.
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I have one of the BLUE Champagne cables that came with my Bottle mic. The only real comment I can make is that the thing is so damn stiff that its a good thing it only fits my Bottle mic. A smaller, lighter mic could get pushed around by any flex tension left in the cable. I'm guessing that its a combination of the "high quality materials" and the five conductors (tube mic) that make the cable so stiff. Are the less expensive (Kiwi, Cranberry, etc.) models that incredibly stiff?


FWIW, for non-tube mics, I use the "lifetime guarantee" cables assembled in-store by a couple of LA area electronics shops that cater to the studio business. Both PacRad and Electronics City sell very nicely made cables with Canare or Mogami cable and Neutrik connectors. The Electronics City cables are a couple of bucks cheaper for a 20 or 30ft cable and they both seem to be as good or better than any name brand cables. While I'm capable enough with a soldering iron, the savings isn't worth the time involved. And the cables from the local electronics shops are put together nicer than I could manage - these guys solder 40 hours per week and are just neater than I am. I wonder about that lifetime guarantee, but I've never managed to damage one of these cables........lost more than I want to admit, but never got one to break down.
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I won a Kiwi cable at TapeOpCon. It too is very stiff. I think it's just the clear insulation they use. I like the green color and hate the gold XLR look. The cable sounds fine, but I haven't done an a/b.

I did do an a/b to some really thick Monster Cable once and was impressed.
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So, why do they plate the body of the XLR connector? Is there some residual signal there that is dissipated better with the gold?

At least they gold plate the pins too.



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I have 4 cranberry cables... got a good deal on them at Banjo Mart... they're stiffer than most black PVC wrapped cable, but that's not a problem in my book - they get tangled less easily. They work fine and are built sturdy.

But then again, I'm not one of those "this mic cable has a cumin-paprika flavor" kind of engineers. I suppose they do have a cranberry nose...
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I won a Kiwi cable at TapeOpCon. It too is very stiff. I think it's just the clear insulation they use. I like the green color and hate the gold XLR look. The cable sounds fine, but I haven't done an a/b.

I did do an a/b to some really thick Monster Cable once and was impressed.
The cables shouldn't be sounding...And, please let the cable hysteria remain with the hifi people.
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I like the Blue Kiwi mic cable. It's not a bad value when bought online.
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Try taking the xlr apart on the geen one. There is no way to slid them off with out destoring the end of the cable.I might just be the white extra sleave on the end binding them up. I have 4 and to have goon bad. I'm going to have to cut the end off and sart ove, what a pain. but thwey do look good .
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The pretty gold plating also adds thickness to the plug which means it doesn't fit in all sockets. The one that I was given sits in my pile of busted and/or crappy sounding cables that I don't use but I'm too cheap to throw out.
i have that pile too!!!!
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