The Best XLR Microphone Cables (2021)
This is a list of the best XLR microphone (balanced) cables for the studio, stage, and field that I recommend and use.
But first, a few notes about XLR cables...
Connectors Are Usually The Weakest Link
Typically the first thing to fail in a cable is the connector or solder connections inside the connector.
Spend the money to get quality connectors and quality solder connections. Both will pay off in the long run.
Look for connector brands like Neutrik, Amphenol, and Whirlwind.
Also stay away from connectors with on/off switches. That is just one more potential point of failure and can cause more issues than it solves.
Use Quad Cable For High Quality Recording
Quad (4 conductor) cables can have upwards of 15 dB more noise rejection compared to twisted pair (2 conductors) cables.
When you want pristine audio quality and don't need tour-level durability, quad cables are your friend.
Now, let's get started...
Pre-Made Cable Assemblies
Many times, if you need less than 500' of cabling and don't have the tools or time to make your own cables, then buying pre-made assemblies is an easy and economical way to go.
These cables will show up on your doorstep ready to go - just plug in and you're off to the races!
Mogami Gold StageGet Latest Price on Amazon
The gold (pun intended) standard for quality XLR cable.
Like the name says, the Gold Stage series is designed for stage situations where durability is equally as important as audio quality.
If you want ultimate audio quality and are fine sacrificing a bit of durability, then check out the Gold Studio series below.
Definitely not cheap, but worth every penny!
Available Lengths: 20', 30', and 50'
World's Best CablesGet Latest Price on Amazon
The best intersection between quality and cost.
Made from Mogami 2549 cable and Neutrik NC3 connectors, top quality throughout every part.
Available Lengths: 1', 2', 5', 6', 10', 15', 20', 25', 30', 35', 40', and 50'
LyxProGet Latest Price on Amazon
A great option for lower budgets with many lengths up to 150' available.
However, like I said earlier, the connector is going to be the weakest link - especially in lower cost cables like this.
But as long as you treat these cables with care and store them properly they will treat you well.
Available Lengths: 3', 6', 10', 15', 20', 25', 30', 50', 100', 150',
Mogami Gold StudioGet Latest Price on Amazon
This cable sacrifices a bit of the durability found in the Gold Stage series for even better shielding and noise rejection.
Made with Mogami Neglex quad cable, this has upwards of 95% more noise rejection compared to twisted pair alternatives.
Available Lengths: 2', 3', 6', 10', 15', 25', 50', 75', 100',
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