Originally Posted by Bob Ross
Jim, wondering if you could comment on 9182's durability as a "staging" mic cable, i.e., one that gets repeatedly coiled & uncoiled. I've been skeptical of foil-shielded cables for mic use, but must admit my concern is based on conjecture rather than any first hand use. Is the 9182 as robust a mic cable as more common braided-shield cables like Canare L-4E6S or Mogami 2549, or does it require a little extra care/caution when deploying?
I'm not Jim and I've not used 9182. FWIW... I use the Belden 89207 which is a similar construction as 9182 I believe, although maybe even a little stiffer and tougher. It has the Teflon jacket and insulation, and also a combination braid/foil shield. I think the 9182 is a slightly bigger diameter.
It is very difficult to work with. Stripping and soldering connectors is not a trivial job here. As Jim mentioned, the Neutrik plastic strain relief bushings will not fit, but I found that I can cut one leg off and just use the two remaining prongs to provide the strain clamp.
In my experience, I wouldn't want to use this as stage cabling and try to coil and uncoil. It is *extremely* stiff, will pull your mics around in their shock mounts and on the stands, the cable must be aligned and fastened to stop this. I think the double-Reusen shields are preferable for repeated coiling, although you'll want to use over-under of course.
Although the smooth Teflon jacket is great for sliding along obstructions, and the stiffness can be handy... can bend the cable to hold shape for routings, and you can actually plug them in by holding onto the cable itself, rather than the connectors. Pushing a rope, as it were.
The sound of the 89207 is excellent, very smooth and clear. A neutral sound I believe. And the noise isolation is outstanding. I've not compared the Teflon vs PE/PVC for these, I just went with the "general information" that Teflon should supposedly be better. I did shootouts of various cables, the particular Mogami I had came in last and this Belden came in first. If you can live with the aggravations of terminating and routing, the sound (and price) can be worth it. Sorry this is not exactly speaking to the 9182, it might be in the neighborhood though, and just some things to consider.