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Old March 17th, 2007, 10:14 AM   #1
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dual channel xlr cable?

I there such a thing as a dual channel xlr cable? I am looking for a cable with a pair of standard 3 pin connectors on each end, perhaps 10 feet long. I want to use it to run 2 channels of audio from my mixer to the two xlrs on my camera. I realize I could run two single cables but it would be more conveinent for me to have one cable with two connectors on each end. I checked the usual online stores and didnt see any like this. If anyone can send me a link to something I would appreciate it.

I am also considering skipping the mixer and interfacing a mono mic to my XH A1, but I still want independent channel control on the two channels. I would need a xlr y adapter (1f to 2m). I see a lot of cheap ones out there. I am wondering if anyone has a link to a really well made Y adapter (up to about $50). I have good mics and good cables and would hate to drop the ball with a suspect y adapter.
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Old March 17th, 2007, 10:27 AM   #2
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Bill,
What you want is and ENG Audio Snake. There are several manufacturers which make these. They usually have two XLR's and a mini cable for headphone audio return. Personally I have been using ATS Comms cables
with just a breakaway at the camera end.
http://atscomms.com/Sales/Products/BCS/bcs.html
Different manufacturers use different connectors to make the breakaway and some get looser over time more than others. Marty's cables are reasonably priced and very reliable.
The cost of a premade cable will be much higher than buy the seperate cables but it definitely is a better system.
You should be able to call up your audio dealer of choice to see what the have.
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Old March 17th, 2007, 01:59 PM   #3
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Thanks Daniel. That looks like some great equipment. I'm sure its worth the money if you need a long run.

A little further digging by me turned up some dual head cables by monster cable (not a brand I usually buy) for <$30 at BH. My mixer will mostly be hanging from a hook on my tripod so this should suffice to reduce the cable clutter going into the camera. Unless they suck and then I havent wasted too much to find that out :)
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Old March 18th, 2007, 09:19 AM   #4
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I'm not a fan of monster cables because I have heard they are overpriced.
Also, is this monster cable an XLR cable or RCA?

You can always use those plastic tie downs that self lock to keep two XLR cables firmly attached to each other, space then every 3-4 feet, and leave a bit at each end just in case your pair of cables have to go to different locations.
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Old March 18th, 2007, 06:13 PM   #5
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Yes it's 3-pin xlr. BH link: http://tinyurl.com/276hrt
This particular monster cable seems reasonably priced, but we will see about quality. The ties idea would be a good one for a long run but I only need a few feet.
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Old March 18th, 2007, 11:37 PM   #6
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Yes it's 3-pin xlr. BH link: http://tinyurl.com/276hrt
This particular monster cable seems reasonably priced, but we will see about quality. The ties idea would be a good one for a long run but I only need a few feet.
Those look cool. I want one.
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