Login / Register
 
B.L.U.E. mic cables...?
New Reply
Subscribe
pdlstl
Thread Starter
#1
27th September 2004
Old 27th September 2004
  #1
Gear maniac
 
pdlstl's Avatar
 
Joined: Jul 2004
Location: DFW - North Texas
Posts: 236

Thread Starter
pdlstl is offline
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?

Thanks!
#2
27th September 2004
Old 27th September 2004
  #2
Lives for gear
 
zemlin's Avatar
 
Joined: Sep 2004
Location: Indianapolis, IN
Posts: 658

zemlin is offline
__________________
Karl Zemlin - www.sonicartistry.net

I couldn't pick a pocket in a pile of dirty clothes - Chris Smither
pdlstl
Thread Starter
#3
27th September 2004
Old 27th September 2004
  #3
Gear maniac
 
pdlstl's Avatar
 
Joined: Jul 2004
Location: DFW - North Texas
Posts: 236

Thread Starter
pdlstl is offline
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.
#4
27th September 2004
Old 27th September 2004
  #4
Lives for gear
 
zemlin's Avatar
 
Joined: Sep 2004
Location: Indianapolis, IN
Posts: 658

zemlin is offline
Quote:
Originally posted by pdlstl
[B]$12.67 ea.
That ain't bad!
#5
27th September 2004
Old 27th September 2004
  #5
Gear Guru
 
tINY's Avatar
 
Joined: Jul 2004
Location: Orygun
Posts: 12,089

tINY is offline


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


-tINY

pdlstl
Thread Starter
#6
27th September 2004
Old 27th September 2004
  #6
Gear maniac
 
pdlstl's Avatar
 
Joined: Jul 2004
Location: DFW - North Texas
Posts: 236

Thread Starter
pdlstl is offline
Quote:
Originally posted by tINY


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


-tINY

So, I assume you don't think much of them...?
#7
27th September 2004
Old 27th September 2004
  #7
Lives for gear
 
zemlin's Avatar
 
Joined: Sep 2004
Location: Indianapolis, IN
Posts: 658

zemlin is offline
Quote:
Originally posted by pdlstl
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.
#8
27th September 2004
Old 27th September 2004
  #8
Lives for gear
 
heinz's Avatar
 
Joined: Mar 2003
Location: chicago
Posts: 1,025

heinz is offline
The blueberry is a decent cable, can usually be found under $20.

Plus, they're blue.
#9
28th September 2004
Old 28th September 2004
  #9
Lives for gear
 
mikey's Avatar
 
Joined: Sep 2004
Posts: 587

mikey is offline
PMI audio is coming out with a high perfomance Tube mic cable soon
#10
28th September 2004
Old 28th September 2004
  #10
One with big hooves
 
Jay Kahrs's Avatar
 
Joined: May 2002
Location: Earth, NYC metro
Posts: 5,907
My Recordings/Credits

Send a message via AIM to Jay Kahrs Send a message via Skype™ to Jay Kahrs
Jay Kahrs is offline
I have a Blueberry cable around somewhere. It doesn't coil too easily...sounds ok. Then again, so do the $15 CBI cables.
__________________
J. 'Moose' Kahrs
producer|mixer|recordist
MooseAudio.com
mooseaudio.bandcamp.com
Quote:
All you need to make a record is a mic, some tape and maybe some bad reverb...
#11
28th September 2004
Old 28th September 2004
  #11
Gear nut
 
Neddy Seagoon's Avatar
 
Joined: Jul 2003
Location: Los Angeles Ca.
Posts: 143

Neddy Seagoon is offline
Quote:
Originally posted by zemlin
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.
#12
28th September 2004
Old 28th September 2004
  #12
Lives for gear
 
Ruudman's Avatar
 
Joined: Mar 2003
Location: Norway
Posts: 3,126

Ruudman is offline
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'





ruudman
__________________
Working Class Hero



Noma Children Hospital Sokoto
pdlstl
Thread Starter
#13
28th September 2004
Old 28th September 2004
  #13
Gear maniac
 
pdlstl's Avatar
 
Joined: Jul 2004
Location: DFW - North Texas
Posts: 236

Thread Starter
pdlstl is offline
Quote:
Originally posted by Neddy Seagoon
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.
#14
29th September 2004
Old 29th September 2004
  #14
Lives for gear
 
hollywood_steve's Avatar
 
Joined: Jun 2002
Location: uh..... Hollywood
Posts: 1,242

hollywood_steve is offline
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.
__________________
steve
Lexington 125 - High Resolution Location Recording

lex125@pacbell.net
http://www.lexington125.com
#15
29th September 2004
Old 29th September 2004
  #15
Lives for gear
 
Drumsound's Avatar
 
Joined: Jun 2002
Location: Bloomington Il
Posts: 6,897

Drumsound is online now
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.
__________________
Tony
Oxide Lounge Recording
See the Oxide Lounge!
Follow me on TWITTER!

WWJMD?

Come see me on the Tape Op boards!

It's only inches on the reel to reel
#16
29th September 2004
Old 29th September 2004
  #16
Gear Guru
 
tINY's Avatar
 
Joined: Jul 2004
Location: Orygun
Posts: 12,089

tINY is offline


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.



-tINY

#17
30th September 2004
Old 30th September 2004
  #17
Lives for gear
 
oudplayer's Avatar
 
Joined: May 2003
Location: Birmingham, UK
Posts: 1,128
My Recordings/Credits

oudplayer is offline
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...
__________________
-oudplayer
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
Anatolian oud session player; world/esoteric music recording, mixing and mastering
homepage -|- soundcloud -|- bandcamp
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
#18
3rd October 2004
Old 3rd October 2004
  #18
Gear nut
 
Joined: Mar 2004
Location: Denmark
Posts: 146

Audiopool is offline
Quote:
Originally posted by Drumsound
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.
#19
3rd October 2004
Old 3rd October 2004
  #19
Lives for gear
 
Joined: Jan 2003
Posts: 1,123

ozraves is offline
I like the Blue Kiwi mic cable. It's not a bad value when bought online.
#20
14th March 2011
Old 14th March 2011
  #20
Gear nut
 
Joined: Oct 2003
Location: boston
Posts: 92

flame Linear is offline
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 .
__________________
"Dam just blew up the moniters" Maybe its the amp again
#21
14th March 2011
Old 14th March 2011
  #21
Lives for gear
 
giraffe's Avatar
 
Joined: Jun 2006
Posts: 643

giraffe is offline
Quote:
Originally Posted by Neddy Seagoon View Post
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!!!!
New Reply Submit Thread to Facebook Facebook  Submit Thread to Twitter Twitter  Submit Thread to LinkedIn LinkedIn  Submit Thread to Google+ Google+ 
 
Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Similar Threads
Thread
Thread Starter / Forum
Replies
Almost Human / So much gear, so little time!
65
RecTeach / So much gear, so little time!
3
Almost Human / Gearslutz Secondhand Gear Classifieds
3
Sonicmook56 / Gearslutz Secondhand Gear Classifieds
1

Forum Jump

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.